Our new workshop, located on the North Mall Campus, is fully equipped for almost any job and is open for every Wednesday meeting at 7:30pm. Often members use the workshop outside of our Wednesday night meetings to do work on their own bikes, details of which are often put on our Facebook page. Other members are more than welcome to come by for these impromptu sessions as well.
Whether a bulb needs to be changed or an engine needs to be rebuilt, we likely we have the tools, facilities and expertise for it all. And if we don’t we can find it.
Some of our major workshop items:
– 2 large workbenches – one for oily work such as engines, and another for clean work such as electrics.
– A full tool setup is organised around the workbenches.
– An air compressor provides air for using air tools and the more mundane tasks like pumping tyres.
– A hydraulic lift allows a bike to be lifted which makes many maintenance tasks easier.
– An engine lift which can be used to mount and build engines.
– Social area with a fridge, coffee machine, kettle, sink with hot water, helmet and gear storage is also in the workshop and allows an area for members to sit and chat if they don’t feel like getting stuck into mechanical work for now.
Workshop safety is a paramount concern of all members and is the remit of the club’s Equipment Officer. A full first-aid kit is kept in stock along with dedicated processes which are implemented in the event of an emergency. Prevention is better than cure however and all members have to adhere to safe work practices while in the workshop and this is another benefit of membership – you have the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of workshop health and safety measures. For a taste of this see our workshop guidelines below the pictures.
Basic Workshop Guidelines and Rules
The workshop is the base for the UCC Motorcycle Club and should be considered a communal space. It contains a kitchenette, a social area with seating, various shelving systems, a “clean” workbench, an “engine” workbench, hydraulic motorcycle lift, hydraulic motorcycle engine lift, flammables cabinet, parts cleaner, tool storage. All should be used only as intended and kept clean and tidy. Your actions within the workshop can have consequences not just for you but for others around you. Motorcycles, and workshops, can be dangerous if used incorrectly, have respect for them both and follow the safety guidelines.
- Think before acting (safety by choice, not by chance!).
- If in any doubt ask for assistance from an experienced committee member.
- Be careful with equipment and tools, some are fragile.
- Before using any equipment make sure nobody around you is in a position to be injured.
- Report any broken or damaged equipment to the Equipment Officer or other committee member.
- If working on your own (ie, during the day) make sure someone knows where you are in case anything goes wrong.
- Wear eye protection and/or hearing protection and/or gloves when necessary. Fingers do not grow back.
Cleaning the workshop:
- Don’t tamper, use, or attempt to fix, any equipment or instruments you don’t understand.
- Fire is always a danger, keep a clear path to the exits at all times.
- Tools and equipment must be put back in their place after use.
- No tools/equipment are to be removed from the workshop without approval by a committee member.
- Always keep work and social areas clean and tidy. Mess is dangerous.
- Keep helmets, jackets, and bags, in the marked areas and out of way of workshop work.
- Smoking is not permitted within the workshop under any circumstances.
- All electrical outlets (except the fridge) must be turned off after workshop sessions.
Power tool usage:
- Always spend ten minutes at the end of workshop sessions to clean and tidy the workshop space.
- Ensure the floor is clean, tools stored away in their places, and equipment returned to bases.
- Keep the social area clean and tidy for people to use if not intending on engaging in mechanical work.
- No ware is to be left in the sink. If you use it, you wash it.
- The general bin is to be emptied every Wednesday night.
- Oily rags bin, if used, should be emptied at the end of any session.
- Make sure you know how to use the relevant power tool correctly and safely (ask if unsure).
- Know where the safety kill switch is (this may be the on/off button on the wall electrical outlet).
- Keep any electrical cables well away from the direction of drilling/cutting etc.
- Do not use a power tool in the vicinity of open flammable substances.
- Keep any loose clothing or long hair well away from where power tools could catch them.
- Do not expose a power tool to the rain.
- Try to avoid using if you are alone in the workshop.
- Flammable substances include anything with a flame warning on the tin/can etc.
- If using a flammable substance ensure the work area is well ventilated and away from heat sources and possible sparks (do not plug/unplug electrical items near open containers of flammable substances).
- Make sure the substances are returned to the flammables cabinet after use. No exceptions.
- Ensure you are familiar with the location and usage of the fire extinguishers in case they are required.
Personal use of the workshop:
- Use the correct tool for the application at hand.
- Pull on spanners etc rather than pushing so you don’t fall on your work or graze your hand.
- If you must push rather than pull use an open palm.
- Do not use screwdrivers as pry bars and ensure they do not slip when working.
Maneuvering and testing motorcycles in the workshop:
- All members are encouraged to use the workshop space for the maintenance of their own motorcycles.
- Guidance should be sought from a committee member first on when that work can/should take place.
- Motorcycles should not be left in the workshop overnight without permission from the committee.
- Prolonged work likely to take over a week (Wednesday to Wednesday) must be agreed upon by the committee with a deadline to be set for the completion of the work so as to ensure other work can take place.
Social Area and Storage:
- Ensure there is enough room inside before bringing a motorcycle into the workshop.
- If putting motorcycle on the hydraulic lift ensure it is fully stable and/or tied down.
- If engine is running ensure exhaust is facing a fully open door and keep extractor fan on.
- Asking for help to move your bike is better than asking for help in lifting it from a fall.
First Aid and injuries:
- The social area is not intended for mechanical work and should be kept clear of tools and parts.
- Keep helmets, jackets, and bags, in the designated areas.
- Keep the fridge and microwave clean, no one else should have to clean your mess.
- Wash your own ware after use.
Entry to workshop/key holders/opening closing times:
- First aid equipment is located in the marked box near the exit.
- The first aid box must be tidy and well stocked (refer questions/comments to Equipment Officer).
- Doctor/ambulance should be directed to the UCC Motorcycle Club workshop, the Cooperage, UCC North Mall campus and front-gate security personnel alerted if possible.
Workshop keys are held by committee members only, one of whom should also be a permanent UCC staff member to ensure continuous access if student members are unavailable.
Keys may be borrowed by committee members but must be returned after use.
Keys cannot be borrowed by new members for safety reasons but a committee member may accompany any new members and assist them with their work if need be.
Main gates open at 8am and are locked at 11:30pm sharp (attempt to leave by 11pm).
Further questions should be directed to the committee.