Who can use the Garage?

Through the generous financial support of Ernie & Cathie Elko, the Garage is available to all Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff at no cost for REASONABLE personal use or Engineering Club use.

Faculty, Staff, Students from outside of Engineering, and all Alumni are also welcome to use the space and become part of the Maker community (please ask staff).

Trained User Access

The Elko Engineering Garage operates on a model where trained users can access equipment without requiring mentored aid. Drop-In hours occur at set times of the week. Activities will require a User to register for and complete training before accessing a piece of equipment.

Please Register or sign up for Training HERE

Garage Expectations and Agreement

All basic shop rules apply throughout the space and area-specific rules are posted where applicable. These are the expectations of the User within the Elko Engineering Garage:

  1. Respect the intent of the Garage
    • Come in with a willingness to learn and share knowledge
    • Share what you are working on and discuss with peers
    • Do not create weapons or offensive material
    • Do not create items for resale
  2. Safety is a shared responsibility that keeps this space open for use
    • Only use equipment that you have been trained on
    • Ask a Mentor or Staff if you are uncomfortable or need a refresher
    • Review Safety Data Sheets before using unfamiliar chemicals or materials
    • Report broken or malfunctioning tools to Staff immediately
    • Report all incidents and near-misses to Staff immediately
    • No outside equipment without asking Staff first
    • Use the space when you are well-rested and unintoxicated
  3. Ensure you meet Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for the space and activity
    • Safety glasses
    • Long pants (no shorts)
    • Closed toe, flat soled shoes
    • No loose clothing or hair (tie in a bun or wear a hat) around rotating and CNC equipment
    • Job and area specific PPE (earplugs, cut-resistant gloves, steel-toes, etc.)
  4. Respect each other and the space itself
    • Dispose of scraps from your project
    • Return all tools to their places
    • If you don’t know where it belongs, ask the staff
    • No food or drink (this is a lab environment)
    • Be aware of the activity going on around you
    • Share the space and equipment fairly with others