General Safety Rules

 All safety rules always apply

In issues involving safety the instructor is to be obeyed explicitly. You must follow all posted directions. You must wear eye protection when using a power tool or caustic chemicals. You must never wear loose clothing/jewelry/long hair when using a power tool. No rough play in the shop. Any injury, no matter how slight, is to be immediately reported to the lab supervisor or Instructor. The use of headphone stereos is prohibited when bluing or using mills, lathes or other power equipment. Any student who is disruptive to a class or unsafe, will be removed from class at the instructors discretion and referred to the Judicial Coordinator’s Office.

 Transporting firearms on campus

Firearms are not to be taken to the class areas without the specific permission of the instructor affected (i.e. classroom demonstration) and the Y. C. Police Department. Firearms are not to be carried to or around the general campus areas such as snack bar or library. Firearms are not to be left in vehicles. Firearms transported anywhere outside the Gunsmithing Lab are to be cased. You may store your firearms in your Gunsmithing locker or in the Y. C. Police Department’s gun locker. Y.C.P.D. can also store ammunition for you.

 Unsafe activity

Habitual unsafe activity cannot be tolerated. Persons deemed unsafe by continued unsafe activity may be subject to restricted access to the shop, equipment, or in severe instances may be referred to the Judicial Coordinator. No rough play is ever allowed in the Gunsmithing laboratory.

 Drugs, alcohol, tobacco

No one may use illegal drugs prior to entry into or while enrolled in the Gunsmithing program. No one may enter into the class area or partake in classes, field trips, or school sponsored activities while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. No person shall use Gunsmithing or related equipment or handle a firearm if they are under the influence of prescription and/or over-the-counter medication which warn against driving or operating equipment while taking the medication. Neither smoking or chewing tobacco is allowed inside the building.


Live ammunition (or explosive components) is not allowed in the shop without specific instructor approval and supervision. Any ammunition brought in must be immediately placed in the custody of the instructor. Ammunition left with the instructor will not be returned until the student is leaving the shop and campus.

 College tools & equipment

Tool Breakage: You will not be charged for normal wear or breakage of tools. If you are using a tool and it breaks or malfunctions, IMMEDIATELY notify the lab supervisor so the tool can be repaired or replaced. You share the responsibility for a safe shop. Notify the lab supervisor anytime you notice any condition that is unsafe or otherwise worthy of note.

Abuse Of Equipment: A person found to be continually abusive to equipment may be required to take assistance from a tutor, be restricted in access to the equipment, or referred to the Judicial Coordinator for possible disciplinary action.


Clean-up: Clean-up will be announced one half hour prior to the end of each lab period. Fifteen minutes is allowed for each student to finish or put away his/her current project. The final fifteen minutes of the period are general clean-up of the shop area. A general shop cleanup can be called at any time by the instructor. Although each student is expected to clean up the area he or she uses, this does not always happen. Bench areas left dirty can be cleaned at the instructor’s discretion. This will usually mean any tools or material left out will be boxed up in the lost and found box and “trash” will be thrown away. Persons leaving machine tools or work areas (i.e. bluing area) dirty may be denied the use of that equipment for a term deemed reasonable by the instructor.

Record Keeping: All firearms brought into the shop and left overnight will be logged in and out of the shop logbook/computer. Each student will maintain an individual written record of firearms brought into the shop throughout their tenure in the program. No Title III/NFA firearms/items will enter the shop without proper documentation present.

Laboratory Access: Only persons who are currently enrolled in courses being taught at the time, or guests of the administration may be in the Gunsmithing lab area. Student wishing to invite guests into the lab must clear the invitation through staff. Currently enrolled GST students may access the lab at times the shop is open as long as there are no scheduled classes in session. It is critical that students clean- up after themselves when they are working outside of scheduled class times.

 Classroom rules

Attendance: Yavapai College policy states that an instructor may drop a student from a credit course (by initiating a withdrawal form) as soon as the number of unexcused absences exceeds the number of class meetings in one week. An instructor should drop a student as soon as the number of unexcused absences in a credit course exceeds the number of class meetings in two weeks.

Cheating Or Stealing: Neither theft nor cheating in any form will be tolerated. All tool boxes/containers are subject to inspection. Such inspection may occur only with the owner present.

Notebook: Each student will be required to keep a notebook. This will be a binder large enough to contain the following: All required reports, grade sheets, tests and quizzes, typed copies of lecture notes (written notes will cost grade points), a plan for each project you have done (drawings from shop manual will suffice), plans for any extra credit projects. At midterm and again at the end of the semester you will hand in the notebook for grading.

At the end of the semester the instructor will keep the grade sheets (you may request a photocopy). The notebook is your property after grading. Tests are the property of the Instructor and will be returned or photocopied at his/her discretion. Please do not hand in a notebook that has been oil soaked or waterlogged. A sloppy notebook will cost you points.

Project Grading: All shop projects will be graded the last shop day of the semester, just prior to cleanup. Everyone will display their work and will be graded in order. Each project must be stamped with the maker’s initials. This will not apply to the repair type projects which are done during the semester.

Reports: All reports must be original material. Photocopies of illustrations or charts may be used only if they are credited to sources; likewise quotations or short references. A bibliography listing all sources is required. Reports should be neatly typed. A report will lose grade points for being late. You may do extra credit reports for points in lab or lecture. The instructor must approve any extra credit projects.

Approved Projects In Shop: Only projects assigned or approved may be worked on in the Gunsmithing lab. All heavy machine work and projects assigned in machine shop classes will be done in the machine shop. Projects for the rifle barreling class taught in the machine shop will be done in the machine shop.

A signed copy of these guidelines must be in each student’s file prior to working in the shop.