Boyd Lab


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Standard Operation Procedures


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.


The Boyd Lab is named for James H. Boyd, a 1938 graduate of mechanical engineering. As a collegian, the Creston, Iowa-native was involved with the student chapter of ASME as well as Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. During his career he worked for both Emerson-Fisher and Monsanto, and formerly served as president of ISU’s Alumni Association. James Horace Boyd passed away in 2004, the same year that the Boyd Production Realization Laboratory (i.e. “Boyd Lab”) was established.


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, navigate 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.