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Wood / Metal Shop Policies and Procedures


We are happy to welcome you back into our spaces and once again support your creative endeavors. We know that the Labs, Shops, and Studios are a key part of your growth and experience as an art student. We intend on preserving all that we can of that experience in this challenging time. As with the college at large, the Labs, Shops, and Studios will adhere to all local and state mandates with regards to the COVID pandemic. Please help us keep our community healthy by familiarizing yourself and adhering to these key policies below:


  • All students and staff must wear a face covering at all times.
  • Face shields are available and may be required.   Face shields will be cleaned thoroughly by each user after use with the cleaner provided.
  • All students and staff shall maintain a 6 foot distance, whenever possible, while in the space.
  • Thoroughly clean your work area and any tools/equipment you have used or borrowed at the end of your session.
  • All labs and shops shall be used by appointment only.  For information on how to do this, please see section titled “Using the Space” below.



Lab access is by appointment only using the 25Live scheduling app.   Students will need to make their reservations, arrive on time, and rotate out at the end of their scheduled time.  There will be a limited number of spots available each day to allow for social distancing. The hours you can schedule time are below:

Monday 8:00am-10:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am-10:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am-10:00pm

Thursday 8:00am-10:00pm

Friday 8:00am-6:00pm

Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm

Tool checkout and return policy will remain the same.  The check-out period is for 48 hours and students can extend the duration of the checkout for up to 1 week with advanced approval.

Some tools must be used in a supervised/ controlled work area:

  • HOT-WORKS RESTRICTIONS- Grinders & torches are not available for general check-out.  Tools that create open flame and sparks must be used in the metal-shop or in other controlled environment with supervision (these tools cannot be used at home or in alternative work sites on campus).
  • POWER TOOLS RESTRICTIONS- Circular-saw, Routers, Biscuit Joiners, and other power tools with a higher risk profile must be used in the Woodshop or in a supervised setting. The check-out and use of these tools will be limited to the “in shop use” only and the student’s use of these tools is always at the technician’s discretion (based on experience, complexity, ability, and training).


Students must wear eye protection and appropriate safety gear while working in this area.

Students should adhere to safe work practices and protocols (proper foot wear, proper clothing, etc.)

The space should be kept clean and free from obstructions.

No wet works in the Maltz-Gallery work area (no plaster, resin, paint, or toxic materials allowed).  For these materials students should use the Pavilion area located on the back side of the Galef building.

No Grinding metal, or other spark producing practices in the Alternative Work Spaces (no grinding in any of the buildings).

Use the down-draft tables when sanding. Work that creates an excessive amount of dust and debris should not be done in the Maltz-Gallery workspace (student should use Pavilion).

Students must understand and follow safe operating procedures of all power tools before working completely independent. Sanders, nail guns, jigsaws & drills may be used in alternative work sites on campus as long as the student demonstrates safe and competent use of the tool. These spaces may be semi-supervised and students need to understand and observe all safe work practices while working in the space.


In order to provide students with immediate, virtual tech support, we will be available during all shop hours through the Microsoft Teams app.  Any time you have questions, either on or off campus, students can contact our techs and we will provide you with answers as quickly as possible.  For instructions on how to join our TSS Team, please follow instructions located  here.