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Standard Operation Procedures





Boyd Lab will be reopening for limited usage starting the 31st of August. Many policies have changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and University guidance. A full policy can be found under the “Standard Operation Procedures” link above. All people using the lab need to review this document in its entirety and be familiar with its contents prior to coming into the lab.

A brief overview of some of the policies are:

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a maximum occupancy of 18 is permittable at any given time. This is posted on the doors and enforced. Those people who wish to use the lab while it is full will be asked to come back later. This limit is highly dependent on the type of equipment being used and may be limited below the maximum on a case-by-case basis as determined by lab coordinators and lab technicians.
  • Per University policy, anyone that expects that they are sick or have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 are not to use the Boyd Lab and should remain at home.
  • The back hallway that leads to Boyd Lab is a one way heading from west to east. This policy has been made to ensure the safest possible environment for students. Students are expected to abide by this one-way policy. This may mean that students need to travel around the building to get back to the lab.
  • Avoid waiting in hallways where possible. If possible, enter the building and go directly to class. Where it is not possible to avoid waiting in the hallway, please abide by social distance guidelines.
  • All Persons will be required to sign into the lab using the posted sign-in process. Students will be expected to scan the QR code just inside the lab and use their mobile device to fill out the form. If the student does not have a phone capable of doing this, a technician can use the supplied iPad to log them in. This information will aid in usage data tracking for the lab as well as contact tracing, should that be necessary.
  • All students will be expected to wait at the line just inside the lab until they are admitted by a technician or lab coordinator. Social distancing must be maintained during the entire time. Where not possible, people will be asked to come back later.
  • There is a posted Entrance (south side of the room) and Exit (north side of the room). Students are expected to enter only at the entrance door and exit only at the exit door.
  • Provided hand sanitizer should be used anytime a person enters or exits the room. There are both hand pumps and touch-free sanitizers available at both the entrance and exit.
  • Students are expected practice and maintain social distancing at all times while in Hoover Hall and while using the Boyd Lab. Equipment has been arranged in a way that complies with social distancing guidelines.

Boyd Lab is a fabrication lab that supports Mechanical Engineering classes and ISU student projects (personal projects are not allowed.) Boyd Lab has a variety of resources such as hand tools, power tools, milling and turning equipment, wood working equipment, metal-working equipment, MIG and TIG welders, and a plasma cutter. Students who complete the required training can use the equipment during lab hours or they can submit job requests to have the shop complete their projects for them.

WATCH: Students discuss their experience working at Boyd Lab



*Lab will be closed the first and second week of each semester. Regular hours will resume starting the Monday of the third week.

Monday 8am – 6pm

Tuesday 8am – 6pm

Wednesday 8am – 6pm

Thursday 8am – 6pm

Friday 8am – 6pm

Saturday – Closed

Sunday – Closed


Boyd Lab Schedule


All students wishing to use Boyd Lab equipment must complete the following items:

  1. All training is recorded using the ME Boyd Lab Safety Course on Canvas. To get access to this course, please email Craig Severson with your netID. You will be added to the course as soon as possible.
  2. Log into Canvas and navigate to the ME Boyd Lab Safety Course in the Courses list. Click on the “Boyd Lab Safety Training” link to be transferred to the EH&S System.
    • Students have reported problems seeing content in training videos. If you are having problems with seeing the training content, ensure your browser settings are set to allow flash content, pop-ups, and cookies from If you continue to have problems, stop into the Boyd Lab and we will do our best to help you. For directions on how to do this on your browser, naviagate to the attached links: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer.
  3. Complete the Shop Safety Fundamentals – Basic Procedures and Policies Training and read the Boyd Lab Standard Operating Procedures Document.
  4. Some equipment has an online training course associated with it. Complete the online portion of the training first then sign up for hands on equipment training time using the Student Equipment Training Signup calendar.
  5. An equipment sign-off badge will be issued after your hands on training. This tells the techs what equipment you are signed off on. This must be worn at all times while you are in the shop along with the proper PPE.

Severson-smallCraig Severson: Supervisor
Teaching Lab Specialist
1260C Hoover Hall



Chevonne McInnis
Teaching Lab Specialist
1260C Hoover Hall