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“At the intersection of art, technology, entrepreneurship, and science, the Fab Lab provides a space for interdisciplinary collaboration, education, and innovation. Based on an open culture of learning, teaching, and sharing, we aim to make a positive social impact through education, innovation, and civic engagement.”

We have lots of great options for PCC students to get involved with the Fab Lab. Check out your options:

Open lab

Students at open lab
Join us during open lab to work on your projects! Getting started is easy. Contact the Fab Lab for details.

  1. Come by during open lab hours to see the equipment.
  2. Read tutorials listed under ‘tools and tutorials’ and email to schedule a time to get tested to be certified on new equipment.
  3. Become tool certified and use the lab for your projects.


Class tours

Class tour
Instructors, if you are interested in scheduling a class tour of the Fab Lab, just email Darcy Neal to arrange one.

Be a Fab Lab Facilitator

We are hiring for work study!  Email cascadefablab@pcc.edu if you qualify for work study and would like to work in the fab lab.


What is a Fab Lab Facilitator?

A Fab Lab Facilitator is someone who is excited to be a part of a community in which everyone is a creator, a learner, and a teacher. Fab Lab Facilitators are creative contributors, dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, accessible and supportive learning environment. They are curious, driven, dedicated, determined, respectful, kind and are self-directed.

What do Fab Lab Facilitators do?
  • Provide training and educational support to users in the Fab Lab
  • Lead Fab Lab orientations for new students, faculty and community members, introducing the Fab Lab’s mission, goals, space, tools, projects, resources, and activities.
  • Monitor Fab Lab operations to ensure the proper and safe use of tools, and best practices for shared, collaborative work environment
  • Cross-train with other Fab Lab Facilitators, sharing and learning in all areas in the Fab Lab
  • Maintain and clean the Fab Lab in order to ensure a safe working environment
  • Prepare materials and maintain supplies
  • Maintain a friendly and approachable demeanor
  • Engage in special projects as assigned by manager
  • Dependable and punctual
How can I apply to be a Fab Lab Facilitator?

To apply, email one or more of the following to Darcy Neal.

  • Statement of Interest that answers the following questions:
    • Why you are interested in being a Fab Lab Facilitator?
    • What education, experience, skills and/or qualities will make you a great Fab Lab Facilitator?
    • What do you hope to gain from your experience as a Fab Lab Facilitator?
  • Cover letter and resume
  • Portfolio