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 testing an online signup system via SignUpGenius.com. The signup sheet will show a calendar of training session availabilites to select from.

    Training Summary

    1. Click training request link -> SignUpGenius and select a training appointment
    2. Study the training outline and watch the required videos.


    Basic Shop

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

    Advanced Shop (Prereq: Basic Shop)

    • Allows access to mill and lathe.
    • Allows major tool loan.
    • Requires (2) separate two hour training sessions.
Students studying in lab

About the lab

The Marquette Engineering program is design-focused and laboratory intensive. Many classroom and laboratory assignments are multidisciplinary and project-based. The Stan Jaskolski Discovery Learning Laboratory provides a fully equipped, on-site machine shop for design and production of prototypes, test fixtures or complex objects. It is a place where students explore the practical aspects of engineering.


Operations Engineer
Thomas A. Silman
(414) 288-5423