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So You Want to Join Hacksburg

So, after meeting us and seeing our cool stuff, you want to be a member. Great! Here's how to get started with us:

Step 0: Get to know us

If you haven't done this yet, it's not a bad idea. Hacksburg isn't just a workshop, after all – it's a community. Join our Facebook group or come to a meeting and get to know us. We meet every Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Feel free to come by for a tour! This meeting is open-to-the-public and followed by an open-to-the-public work session starting at the end of the meeting to whenever the last member leaves. Know a member? Ask if they can show you the space.

Talk to us. Let us know what you'd want to work on. Who knows, you might even find someone who wants to help!

Step 1: Apply and give us money

To become a member, you need to fill out the Membership Application and the Liability Release (located with the PDF forms here) and present a government-issued photo ID with your name, street address, and date of birth.

Next, you pay membership dues. The current dues are as follows:

Membership Term Membership Rate (USD) Membership Class
General Student Group
12 months $384.00 $288.00 $768.00 Full
6 months $204.00 $156.00 $408.00 Full
3 months $108.00 $84.00 $216.00 Full
1 month $40.00 $32.00 $80.00 Full
5 days (non-contiguous) $32.00 $24.00 N/A Associate

We take cash, check, and PayPal. (Sorry, no Bitcoins. :-P) You can pay online with PayPal.

Students attending either Virginia Tech or Radford University get the student rates shown above. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate students. Proof of enrollment must be submitted to get a discount; contact your registrar for information on how to get it.

Group membership is designed for organizations that would like a space to work and meet. Each organization (formal or informal) should have one primary contact that is a keyholder. That member is required to be in the space at all times when group members are present. Each organizational key holder may host five (5) additional persons for a total of six (6) club members getting access to the space at a time for the membership fee.

After doing all this, we put your name in the database, and you're all set.

Step 2: New Member Orientation and 24/7 Access

This only applies to Full members. Associate members are not given 24/7 access.

To get unrestricted access to the building, you need to attend a new member orientation, held by a member of the Board of Directors or someone they designate. This covers a tour of the space, an overview of online resources, a review of the Bylaws, Community Agreement, and Space Rules, and an overview of the safety policy.

Card access comes in two parts – access to the building, and access to the space. It works like this:

  • If you have a current affiliation with Virginia Tech, your Hokie Passport will be used as access to the building. You will need to email the board (board@hacksburg.org) your Hokie Passport Number to forward to the CRC for building access.
  • If you aren't affiliated with Virginia Tech, the CRC will issue you a card for building access. We'll take care of the logistics on that end.
  • You will need a magnetic strip card to enroll into the space's door lock system. It can be the same card you use to get into the building (and really, it's easier that way). Enrolling that card into the door lock system can happen at any meeting or by appointment.

You are responsible for keeping track of the cards used to access the building and the space. If you lose either card, you need to notify the Board immediately.

Step 3: Equipment Training

To use some of the equipment in Hacksburg, you need to be trained on it. Examples are the 3D printer and the CNC mill. If a piece of equipment needs training to operate, please contact one of the trainers for the equipment to see about training.

Do NOT operate the equipment untrained! This is a serious safety violation that might get you expelled from the space. So don't do it!


Contact Hacksburg's Board of Directors at board@hacksburg.org with any questions.

membership_steps.txt · Last modified: 2016/09/02 15:45 by amazonv