Shop Orientation and Safety (SOS) - Shop Orientation is a mandatory course for all new members who are interested in utilizing shop tools without instructor supervision. Shop Orientation must be completed before accessing any tools in MakerPlace. The cost of the course is $40.00 and is payable upon check-in, however, this fee is waived for members who sign up for a month or more prior to taking Shop Orientation.
Shop orientation provides every member with basic knowledge of the layout and tools currently available at MakerPlace San Diego. Successful completion of this course allows members to utilize all tools other than those requiring specific Basic Operation and Safety (BOS) instruction. SOS covers the wood, metal, electronics and specialty shops in terms of location, purpose, basic operation and safety tips for each major tool. When possible, operating demonstrations will be provided.
Machine Oriented Basic Operation and Safety (BOS)- These courses are intended to provide Basic Operation and Safety procedures for several of the more complex tools including computer controlled tools. These courses are mandatory prior to members using the associated tool. In cases where a student already has substantial knowledge of a tool, with the instructor’s permission, the student may "test out" of the class by demonstrating their safety and proficiency on the machine. Test outs are generally half the cost of the class registration. BOS courses are generally prerequisites for Advanced Operation and Safety (AOS) courses.
Software Classes- These courses are intended to provide members with either an introduction to basic design software required to run the machines or to expand on already existing knowledge to make better use of the machines.
Project Based Classes and Workshops- These courses will cover a particular topic in depth and usually will be project based. It will be here that you will find Arduino courses and many other fun project based courses that will be offered on a variety of different crafts and practices.