Training are now open to the public!

Public trainings are now offered to students of any year and major. Sign up to get familiar with the tools and stations in the AMS.

These formal trainings are not required to use tools and machines in the space but offer detailed information and practice one to one with a mentor. If you wish to use a tool for a specific project, you can ask a mentor on shift to walk you through using it. Completing the training program is especially beneficial to those that are interested in becoming a mentor at the AMS.

There are three stages to the AMS training program: reading the documentation, taking and passing the corresponding quizzes, and completing in-person training. Quizzes are short and allow for unlimited attempts. They are straightforward and simple questions aimed to ensure users have read and understood the documentation. Documentation, with linked quizzes at the end, are broken up by machines:

  • 3D Printers
  • Laser Cutters
  • Electronics Station
  • Hand Tools
  • Miter & Table Saw
  • Jointer & Planer
  • Drill Press & Belt Sander
  • Router & Lathe
  • Scroll & Band Saw

After passing these online quizzes with a perfect score, users are ready to complete in-person trainings.  Users can sign up for trainings through a link to a SignUp Genius form. Please don’t sign up for in person trainings less than 24 hours in advance, and remember to check back to the SignUp Genius form regularly as more training dates are added every Monday. Trainings are split up into four types of session:

  • ProtoWorks 1 (3D Printing and Electronics Station)
  • ProtoWorks 2 (Laser Cutting and Hand Tools)
  • Wood Room 1 (Miter & Table Saw, Belt Sander, Drill Press, Scroll & Band Saw)
  • Wood Room 2 (Lathe, Router, Planer, and Jointer)

Users will start by completing a general safety quiz, which can be accessed through this link. After passing this quiz, users will receive an email with links to the folder of documentation for each specific area and SignUp Genius form for in person trainings.

If you have any specific questions, you can contact our training officer, Andrew Morell, at

Make sure to check back here when the Spring 2022 semester rolls around as we are currently developing even more trainings! Trainings planned to be added in the spring include the Tormach CNC milling machine, the rotary laser cutter attachment, Brother embroidery machine, and Cricut cutting machine