Learning to operate a machine tool is a little like driving a car. You can learn the basics fairly quickly but it takes years to master the skill.

We expect all students to take an active role in learning how to operate each tool in a safe and effective manner. We expect you to know something about the tool before you enter the shop. The Internet provides a great resource for learning. Use it. This is one layer of risk management.

We provide professional supervision with many years of experience and training. The Staff of Discovery Learning Laboratory gives hands on instruction to all students on basic hazard awareness for each machine tool. We expect you to come to training knowing something about each tool. This is the next layer of risk management.


The Discovery Learning Laboratory only provides shop training in the fall semester. If you are a new graduate student or a returning CoOp student in the spring, please speak with Mr. Silman for special arrangements.

The Discovery Learning Laboratory follows Marquette University policy for e-mails when communicating with students.

We are currently  using an online signup system called SignUpGenius. The signup sheet will show a calendar of training session availabilites to select from.

Training Summary

  1. Click training request link below. We are using SignUpGenius to schedule training.
  2. Study the training outline and watch the required videos.
  3. Attend your appointment with student staff.
  4. When ready, meet with machinist for Check Out test.


Basic Shop

    • Allows access to machine shop DL167 and minor tool loan.
    • Requires (1) two hour training session.
    • PDF outliine Basic Shop

Advanced - Mill (Prereq: Basic Shop)

    • Allows access to mill.
    • Requires (1) two hour training session.
    • PDF outline MILL and Lathe

Advanced - Lathe (Prereq: Basic Shop)

    • Allows access to lathe.
    • Requires (1) two hour training session.
    • PDF outline MILL and Lathe