A permit or permit upgrade certifies that an individual has completed a minimum level of training on specific types of fabrication tools or equipment. A permit (and possibly a permit upgrade) is required for all students, faculty, and staff wishing to use fabrication equipment in the College of Engineering that presents certain hazards if used improperly. There are three different permits (blue, red, and green), each providing a different level of training and access to College of Engineering fabrication resources. Individuals entering fabrication labs in the College of Engineering will be expected to have their permit visibly displayed on their person. Use the links on the left to learn more about permits and permit upgrades.
To apply for a permit or permit upgrade you must currently be UW-Madison engineering faculty, engineering staff, engineering major, currently enrolled in an engineering course, or an active member of an engineering student organization. A materials fee or a research fee may be required prior to permit/upgrade training or gaining access to a fabrication space. You can read about these fees on the policies page.
Any individual wishing to apply for a permit but who is not officially part of the College of Engineering faculty, staff, or students must have a College of Engineering professor or advisor contact the fabrication space they wish to work in and verify that the individual in question has a legitimate reason to be given access to the space (i.e. that they are in some way affiliated with the College of Engineering) as well as the individual’s NetID or Campus ID number. A confirmation email will be sent to that individual when they are approved.