Summer Quarter 2021 Shop Access

The Shops are available exclusively to class projects, Senior Projects and approved research during Summer Quarter 2021.

We are still using the Picktime reservation system, but the hours, occupancy and restrictions have changed. Both shop time and Red & Yellow Tours can be reserved on Picktime: https://www.picktime.com/cpmachineshopsreservations

Note: Shop Use time is only in Mustang ’60 but the Red and Yellow Tag tests are at the Hangar. Please sign up for the access you need by first selection the appropriate location. 

Reservable Shop Hours:

Mustang ’60: 9am – 12pm & 1pm-4pm Tuesday – Friday

Shop & Senior Project Room Access:  To reserve a Senior Project Room space in the Bonderson building, please email Eric Pulse directly at epulse@calpoly.edu for a room tour. To use a room, you must read, understand and abide by our Senior Project Room Rules

Appointment System:  As shop access and hours are limited, please only book appointments if you are sure to be there. If you have to cancel, email calpolyshoptechs@gmail.com to cancel before your appointment time. 

Waterjet Cutting:  To request parts to be cut on our Waterjet, please fill out the form found here: Waterjet Request Form The Waterjet can cut almost any flat material up to several inches thick. You will need to provide your own material plus upload a .DXF file of the 2D part as well as a fully dimensioned .PDF of the part drawing.
Student Projects Machine Shop in the Hangar
Location: 04-100
Description:  Aptly suited to provide an extensive “Learn by Doing” experience for Mechanical Engineering and other students, the Student Projects Shop offers a complete array of manufacturing equipment. From basic hand and power tools to state-of-the-art computer controlled machines, students are exposed to the myriad of processes and technologies that comprise today’s’ manufacturing and fabricating environment in a step-by-step manner. Safety and Environmental Responsibility are emphasized to meet the challenges of twenty-first century engineering and production . Students use the Student Projects Shop to produce class assignments, build Club projects for regional and national competitions, and create their Senior Projects. To find out how to how to use the Shop click here.
 

Equipment:

Wood shop: Sanders, Table and Radial Arm Saws, Planer/Jointer, Bandsaw, Router Table, Downdraft Sanding Table, ShopBot Computer-Controlled Router (5ft. x 10ft. bed).

Sheet Metal Shop: Shears, Brakes, Cylinder and Bead Rollers, Punches, Sandblasters, Planishing Hammer, Fournier English Wheel.

Machine Shop: Drill Presses, Grinders, Sanders, Abrasive Tubing Notcher, Vertical and Horizontal Bandsaws, Lathes, Mills, Haas Computer-Controlled Lathe and Milling Machines.

Weld Shop: Gas Welding Rig, Spot Welder, MIG Welders, TIG (Heli-Arc) Welders, Optically-Driven Plasma Cutter.

Other Equipment: Hand tools, Hand Power Tools (Electric and Air), Vacuum Pumps, Paint Booth (Car-Sized), Vehicle Frame Jig, Hand and Hydraulic Presses, Granite Surface Plate.

View detailed information on the machine shop, including test information here:

Machine Shop Information

View live webcams: cam 1, cam 2, cam 3, cam 4, cam 5, cam 6

Mustang 60
Location: 197-114
Description:  Cal Poly College of Engineering Machine Shops is a collaborative and safety-conscious learning environment where students complete the cycle of design, from concept to finished product. The machine shops’ primary interest has been to expand the creative potential of Cal Poly students. By demonstrating the intricacies involved in designing for manufacturing we guide students to design parts using efficient, innovative and cost-effective manufacturing techniques. The shop has broken down barriers; where some once saw tools and machines as intimidating or disconnected from their own experience, they are now empowered. A common reaction to the shop experience is “I can do that!” It is our duty to ensure students safely and confidently bring their ideas to life.

For more information about Mustang 60, visit machineshops.calpoly.edu.

View the live webcams: cam 1, cam 2, cam 3, wood shop cam, office cam, 197-116

Hours and Calendar

Mustang ’60 is open MWF 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm.

The Hangar is open TR 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm.

The shops are open from Week 2 to Week 10 each quarter.

Tours are given from Week 2 to Week 8 each quarter.

If you are taking a red tag, you must complete the PolyLearn course before the tour.  

Laser appointments are only scheduled via phone call. Please call: 805-756-5634

Schedules are subject to change, please check our calendar frequently for updated tour times. 

We are not open on state observed holidays. 

Laser appointments are only made via phone call. Please call M’60 during business hours.  805-756-5634

Shop Technician ApplicationWorkspace Requests
Customer Satisfaction SurveyFee for Service Work
Calendar and Tour ScheduleAfter Hours Work Requests

After Hours Work Requests: 

If your organization requires work time outside of our normal hours, please fill out this form to request it. We will do our best to get back to you within three days to confirm/deny your request. Please don’t request after-hours work time for any group smaller than 5 people. 

To set up a laser appointment please visit the shop or call us during open hours.

For an immediate response on lockers, laser cutting appointments, overnight tool checkout, senior project space, etc.

Available Fall 2020 – Red Tag Canvas Training

Before attending a tour, you must complete our introductory Shop Safety Basics on Canvas. You will not be permitted to begin the tour if you have not finished the training. It takes approximately 45 minutes and includes five sections:

Part 1 – Reading: Red Tag Basics Manual

Part 2 – Bookend Project Video

Part 3 – Red Tag Quiz

Part 4 – Safe Practice Guidelines & Waiver

Part 5 – Photo for Red Tag ID Card

Red tags are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from Week 2 to Week 8. Please see our calendar for current information.  

Some introductory engineering courses require students to get red tags. These courses will have a lab period dedicated to the tour. Please ask your professor for more information. 

About the Tour

Both red and yellow tag tours are located at the Hangar. You must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes to complete the tour. The tour will take about three hours. It will introduce you to our shops, cover basic safety information, and prepare you to use wood and metal tools. 

Please see the Red Tag Manual for a more in-depth description of the tour.  The tour is followed by a 50-question test and practical examination.

After the Tour

You may work in either Mustang ’60 or the Hangar after acquiring a red tag. 

You may use tools in the wood shop, tools in the metal shop, and laser cutters.

You may not use mills, lathes, or welders before acquiring a yellow tag. 

You are responsible for your own safety:

You must wear long pants and close-toed shoes.

You must wear safety glasses at all times.

You must tie back hair and remove other snag hazards.

You must wear other personal protective equipment as needed.

You must report all injuries, no matter how minor, to a shop tech.

You are responsible for the safety of others:

Report any spills to a shop tech.

Report any unsafe behavior to a shop tech.

Report any broken machines or tools to a shop tech.

You will not be penalized for accidental breakage.

Continuing to work compromises your own safety and that of those around you.

Concealing the problem compromises the safety of the person using it after you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do red tags take place?  All tours are given at the Hangar (Bldg. 004).

When are red tags offered?  Tours are offered from Week 2 to Week 8. No tours are offered after Week 8.  Tours begin at 10 minutes past the hour. You will be turned away if you are late.

What should I wear to the tour?  You must wear pants and closed-toed shoes. You will be turned away without them.  You must not wear clothing or jewelry that dangles. (No necklaces, lanyards, or hoodies with strings).  You must tie back long hair.

What should I bring to the tour?  Bring a pencil, hair scrunchie (if needed), and Z87+ safety glasses (if you have them).

What can I do with a red tag?  Red tags permit students to work in the wood and metal shops.

What do I need to do before getting a red tag?  You must complete the Shop Safety Basics on Canvas before getting a red tag.

How should I prepare for the red tag test?  The best way to prepare for the tests is to review the Red Tag Manual.

Do red tag tours finish early?  No. Expect to stay for the full three hours.

Before the Tour

Before attending a tour, you must have logged at least 10 hours in the machine shops. You will not be permitted to begin the tour if you have not logged at least 10 hours. We also recommend that you review the Yellow Tag Manual before attending a tour.

Finding a Tour

Yellow tags are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Week 2 to Week 8. Please see our calendar for current information. 

About the Tour

You must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes to the tour. The tour will take about two hours. It will prepare you to use mills, lathes, and welding equipment. Please see the Yellow Tag Manual for a more in-depth description of the tour. The tour is followed by a 50-question test.

After the Tour

You may use mills, lathes, and welders after acquiring a yellow tag. You may not use CNC equipment.

You are responsible for your own safety:

You must wear long pants and close-toed shoes.

You must wear safety glasses at all times.

You must tie back hair and remove other snag hazards.

You must wear other personal protective equipment as needed.

You must report all injuries, no matter how minor, to a shop tech.

You are responsible for the safety of others:

Report any spills to a shop tech.

Report any unsafe behavior to a shop tech.

Report any broken machines or tools to a shop tech.

You will not be penalized for accidental breakage.

Continuing to work compromises your own safety and that of those around you.

Concealing the problem compromises the safety of the person using it after you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do yellow tags take place?  All tours are given at the Hangar (Bldg. 004).

When are yellow tags offered?  Tours are offered from Week 2 to Week 8. No tours are offered after Week 8.  Tours begin at 10 minutes past the hour. You will be turned away if you are late.

What should I wear to the tour?  You must wear pants and closed-toed shoes. You will be turned away without them.  You must not wear clothing or jewelery that dangles. (No necklaces, lanyards, or hoodies with strings).  You must tie back long hair.

What should I bring to the tour?  Bring a pencil, hair scrunchie (if needed), and Z87+ safety glasses (if you have them).

What can I do with a yellow tag?  Yellow tags permit students to use mills, lathes, and welders.

What do I need to do before getting a yellow tag?  You must log at least ten hours in the shops before getting a yellow tag.

How should I prepare for the yellow tag test?  The best way to prepare for the tests is to review the Yellow Tag Manual.

Do yellow tag tours finish early?  No. Expect to stay for the full two hours.

Are you interested in getting your Blue Tag certification for approval to use the Mustang ’60 and Hangar CNC machines? If you are interested in becoming CNC certified, you must fill out this form as well as meet the requirements to start the CNC apprenticeship process as discussed in the Blue Tag Apprenticeship Procedure

Applications will be reviewed quarterly at the end of Week 9, and decisions will be sent out (via email) by Friday of Week 10. 

Exceptions include senior shop technicians, ShopBot certifications, or extenuating circumstances determined on a case-by-case basis by shop supervisors.

If you need to access your locker, cage, or senior project room in Bonderson, please fill out this form to request a time and date to empty it. 

The time slots are 30 minutes long on Mondays and Thursdays from 10AM to 4PM. If the available dates do not work for you, please contact Eric Pulse. 

To access your project, please pull up to the yard across from the Library on North Perimeter. Proceed directly to the appropriate bathroom and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. After washing, you can access your locker, cage, or room. Eric will sanitize the area after you are finished.

Please complete your project clearing within the allotted time in order to maintain social distancing with other students wishing to access their areas as well.