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The badge system for the Susu and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center (FEDC) is used for accessing sensitive and dangerous areas.

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Badge color codes

Red badge – The most utilized badge in the FEDC. This will get you into the machine shop for working on machined parts, a foam cutter, composite layup, woodworking or consultation with the fabrication shop staff. Does not grant access to all machines or all areas. Requires the red badge pop-up class.

Blue badge – Very selective badge for use in the FEDC. This will allow you to work in the machine shop areas with another blue badge holder after normal shop hours. The same restrictions apply as the red badge on competent equipment use. Requires specified annotations for equipment or work areas. Requires red badge with two annotations, specific reason for staying late, shop manager approval and general manager approval.

Yellow badge – Not offered in Spring 2021.

Green badge – Does not grant extended access to the FEDC. 

red, green, blue, and yellow color coded badge examples for the Fischer Engineering Design Center
Red, green, blue and yellow color coded badges for the SU.S.u and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center


Annotations will be a small black vinyl letter attached to the badge. These are for designated authorized machines or work areas that students may use. 

  • A - Artisan (woodworking)
  • C - Cutting and drilling (bandsaw, horizontal bandsaw, drill press)
  • M - Manual mill
  • L - Manual lathe
  • F - Foam cutter
  • K - Composites
  • W - Welding
  • P - Paint
  • X - CNC
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Susu and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center badge annotation example