Maker Garage Training Courses
Courses currently available are listed in the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education:
Makers’ Course – Module I
Makers’ Course – Module II
Makers’ Course – Module III
Basic Makerspace Safety Training Course. The primary focus of this course is on Shop Guidelines, Protocols and Rules including an introduction to basic hand/power tools and bench mounted power equipment.
Module I provides entry-module training associated with shop safety, measuring techniques, layout tools, and use of general and powered hand tools. Students learn drilling, sanding, sawing, and other basic shop practices. An exam and project will be assigned upon training completion, and is part of the shop practicum activities. Students must achieve a score of 100% and pass a hands-on practice evaluation to obtain Module I machine shop certification. Upon successfully completion of Module I certification, students may pursue Module II certification in the same semester, if time permits. Module I certification provides students with general shop access.
Basic Fabrication Techniques and Equipment coupled with introductory inspection and measurement methods. Equipment utilized consists of a floor mounted drill press, industrial bandsaws (horizontal & vertical), tap and dies, and belt sanders.
Module II provides intermediate module training on shop safety, blueprint/schematic reading, and precision measuring. Students will learn advanced equipment knowledge associated with drilling, sawing, and thread cutting operations. An exam and project will be assigned upon training completion, and is part of the shop practicum activities. Students must achieve a minimum score of 76% in all areas to obtain machine shop certification Module II. Once the student successfully completes Module II certification, they may pursue Module III certification in the same semester, if time permits.
Manual Mill and Lathe Operation
Module III provides introductory module training on manual mill and lathe setup and operation. Project assignments will be assigned at training completion, and is part of the shop practicum activities. Students must achieve a minimum score of 76% in these activities to obtain machine shop certification Module III.
Upon completion of all training modules, students may be eligible to become innovation space trainers. If interested, they should contact Boris Solomonov – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should YOU become a Makerspace trainer?
Students of various skill sets work in this space on a daily basis. We encourage a collaborative learning and training environment, therefore, the need for Makerspace trainers to assist new students in their endeavors to understand and operate shop equipment safely becomes paramount. As a trainer, you must be knowledgeable on all equipment in order to provide appropriate guidance and experience to educate others safely. Being a trainer not only gives you the opportunity to help others and develop your skills, you also become a leader among your peers.