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 tools before you enter the shop. We expect effort. 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 to guide you. The Staff of Discovery Learning Laboratory gives hands on instruction to all students on basic hazard awareness for each machine tool. We still expect you to come to training knowing something about each tool. This is the next layer of risk management.

We will be using a new training management and tracking system Spring of 2019 titled SafetySpot. Please request to join if your are interested in using the Discovery Learning Center Labs shops...



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

We use an online scheduling system SignUpGenius to schedule training appointments. The sign up sheet will show a calendar of training session availabilities to choose from. Sign up early. Once they run out there will not be more...

Training workflow summary

  1. Sign up for appointment on SignUpGenius to schedule training.
  2. Sign up on SafetySpot and complete online training.
  3. Study the training outline and watch the required videos.
  4. Attend your appointment with student staff.
  5. Within 3-4 days of completing training, meet with machinist for final Check Out.



Basic Shop Sign up on SignUpGenius

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



Advanced Training will run after February 11th.

Advanced - Mill Sign up Calendar(Prereq: Basic Shop)

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

Advanced - Lathe Sign up Calendar (Prereq: Basic Shop)

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