To use the workshop facilities, graduate students must obtain the permission of the shop supervisor. Each student must demonstrate to the shop supervisor the ability to proficiently and safely operate a particular machine before permission for use will be granted, however only shop personnel may operate certain machines.

Shop personnel are available to assist with construction of research apparatus. For a large project, plans (including detailed drawings) and a work request must be prepared and submitted to and approved by the major professor prior to submitting it to the shop supervisor. For small projects, or short-term assistance, requests are to be made directly to the shop supervisor.