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Standard Operation Procedures



For the 2021-22 school year, masks are encouraged while using Boyd Lab.

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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


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