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Which permit do I need?
Which permit is best for you depends on your needs. Each permit gives access to a different level of resources. Read the information about the various permits using the navigation on left hand side of this page.
Which fee do I need to pay?
The fees policy can be complicated for some individuals and is best explained on our policies page. We recommend going to the policies page and reading the sections covering fees in their entirety.
What is "EMU" and how do I access it?
EMU is the online system used to manage permit, upgrade, reservation, seminar schedule, and seminar attendance records. You can access the system by typing the direct url (https://emu.engr.wisc.edu/emu) into the url bar of any web browser. You can also click the link in the top right corner of this page where it says EMU Login.
How do I set up a CAE account to use the lab's computers?
I'm basically Hephaestus, do I still need to go through the permit process?
Yes, even Hephaestus himself would have to go through the permit process. All students, staff, and faculty looking to work in fabrication labs or check out tools for any reason are required to obtain a permit regardless of their knowledge or previous experience.
Permits sound like a hassle. Why do I need to get one?
Fabrication labs contain machines and tools that when operated improperly can cause serious injury or worse to the operator and those near by. In addition, when a machine is damaged it can take a long time and great expense to repair; limiting the availability of equipment when individuals need it most. Just like any other lab that uses dangerous materials or equipment we require potential users to prove they have basic knowledge of the equipment and its safe operation prior to its use; the permit requirements are the simplest way of proving that these users have this knowledge. It also gives the user the ability to complete quality work in a safe and efficient manner and the confidence of knowing that those working around them are working safely too.
I am in a class that meets in a fabrication lab. If I do not get my permit in time can I come to the lab anyway and just watch?
No. Just like any other lab that uses dangerous materials or equipment; we require potential lab users to prove they have basic knowledge of equipment and its safe operation before being allowed to use it. All students enrolled in courses that use a fabrication lab are told at the beginning of the semester (by their professor) that they must obtain a permit before being able to attend lab and are given enough time to do so. No exceptions will be made due to lack of planning or claims of ignorance. If you feel you were not adequately informed that is an issue that should be taken up with your professor.
Once I have gotten my permit, am I completely trained?
No. The permit system is designed to impart only the most basic knowledge necessary to both ask useful questions (which our staff can answer) and use the equipment & machines safely. Complete training (especially on lathes and mills) takes years and acquiring expertise takes even longer.
Do I ever have to renew my permit?
No. Once you have your permit you have it for the rest of the time you spend at UW-Madison.
Can I switch from one permit to another if I need to at a later date?
Yes. You just need to apply for that permit online and complete the remaining requirements for that permit.
What are permit upgrades?
Upgrades are additional privileges that can be added to a Lab Orientation, red permit, or green permit. See the permit upgrades page for more information.
What are seminars; do they have any prerequisites?
There are machines and equipment in fabrication labs that have been deemed too dangerous to only require a simple multiple choice quiz to use. For this equipment we require a seminar. Seminars are small (around four to eight people), in-person training sessions taught by the lab staff. These seminars allow individuals to ask questions and learn by demonstration.
All seminars have at least one (but usually more) prerequisites. The full list of available upgrades can be found here. The list of prerequisites for each seminar can be found by clicking on the upgrade you are interested in.
When are seminars offered?
Seminar dates and times are posted under the “Events” heading on our homepage, on our events page itself, and in EMU under the “My Status” page. We schedule seminars as demand dictates. Each seminar requires a minimum of 3 people on the wait list before it will be offered and may be cancelled if less than 3 people enroll.
How do I register for a seminar?
Seminar registrations are handled in EMU under the “My Status” page. EMU will only display seminars (and the ability to register for them) if the prerequisites for that seminar are met. If no seminars are currently available you may add yourself to the waiting list. When a seminar becomes available you will receive an email notifying you that you can now enroll (the wait list does not automatically enroll you).
How does the waiting list work? How can I get on it?
The waiting list is a feature in EMU that, if a seminar an individual needs is unavailable, allows them to be notified via email when the seminar becomes available again (the wait list does not automatically enroll you in seminars). Individuals may also add themselves to the waiting list if none of the times available work with their schedule. Individuals will remain on the waiting list until they either register for the seminar they are on the waiting list for or they hit the 45 day deadline within which permits and permit upgrades must be completed. Individuals can add themselves to the waiting list by following the instructions to register for a seminar and then instead of selecting a seminar, select Add to waiting list. It is not possible to be both enrolled in a seminar and on the wait list for the same seminar at the same time.
I'm a professor/advisor. Can I arrange for a group of my students to all receive training at the same time through a special seminar?
Yes, depending on the specifics. There are a limited number of individuals that can fit around a machine for training (usually eight). Email the TEAM Lab manager, Larry Wheeler, at email@example.com.