CUCFL Operations Committee Charter

CUCFL Operations Committee Charter



  • Ensure effective and efficient operations for the CUCFL, promoting ingenuity, invention, and inspiration in the community



  • This committee is composed of volunteers committed to effective fab lab operations,
  • Membership on the committee is determined at follows:
    • Individuals must have attended at least two consecutive committee meetings as a community member, and then make an expression of interest to the Steering Committee, which will decide on membership.
    • The aim in populating committees is to encourage broad participation, have diverse stakeholder groups represented, and still have a size that is manageable.
    • Membership on a committee is for a one-year term, that is renewable by mutual agreement of the individual and the chair or co-chairs of the committee.
    • CUCFL staff (including student assistants) serve as ex officio members of the Operations Committee



  • The CUCFL Operations meets onceat least once a month at a consistent, standard time determined by the members and made public to the community.
  • Communication between meetings should take place through electronic means.


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure safe operating procedures for the CUCFL.
  • Establish hours of operation for the CUCFL
  • Ensure appropriate staffing to open up, supervise and close up the CUCFL.
  • Work to leverage available resources to generate the maximum possible ingenuity, invention and ispiration
  • Establish and ensure use of procedures for the queuing of jobs in the CUCFL and the overall work flow.
  • Establish and ensure use of procedures to order relevant supplies to operate the CUCFL.
  • Establish and ensure use of procedures to charge for consumables and other relevant materials.
  • Establish and ensure use of procedures for equipment maintenance and repairs
  • Ensure that staff time is well spent.
  • Report to the Steering Committee any plans that involve the use or generation of resources.



  • This charter is reviewed once a year, with adjustments made as appropriate
  • Representatives from this Committee report to the Steering Committee on a Monthly basis and coordinate with other Committees as appropriate.
  • All committees will appoint their own chair or co-chairs and inform the Community Leadership Council.
  • The committee will ensure that meetings are fun, respectful and non-bureaucratic – keeping records to a crucial minimum, including maintaining and posting: 
    • A record of accomplishments.
    • A record of decisions relevant to other committees and the community.

All meetings will be open to the community.