Interested in becoming a PI at the Invention Studio? We are always looking for eager students to join us! As a PI, you’ll spend three hours each week staffing the Invention Studio and teaching others how to use our tools. In exchange, you’ll get 24/7 access to the Studio, funding for your projects, advanced training, and more!

Stay updated on training events, workshops, and important information by signing up for our recruitment mailing list here!

Recruitment Process

There are two steps to becoming a PI:

Basic Skills Checklist

The Basic Skills Checklist is a simple test to ensure you can safely use our most popular tools and teach others how to use them. Download the checklist and ask a PI on duty to supervise your test. You can take the test for each tool separately and at your own pace. We provide all the material you’ll need for the tests.

If you can make the test part correctly and safely, the PI will sign off on your checklist. You cannot receive any help from the PI during the test. If you do need help, the PI will assist you but won’t sign off. You’ll have to wait at least one day before attempting the test again.

Once you finish the checklist, turn it in outside the Electrolounge in the box labeled “Completed Checklists.”

Download the checklist here, and download the necessary CAD files here.

Tip: If you don’t know how to use a tool, watch our helpful tutorial videos! Then, come in the Studio and use your new skills to make a small project. This way, you’ll get the practical experience you need to complete the checklist.


Once you’ve completed your checklist, we’ll contact you to schedule a casual interview with three current PIs. We’ll ask you about your interest and experience with the Invention Studio. The interview typically takes thirty minutes or less.

All done? Once you’ve finished both steps, we’ll contact you with the outcome. If you are hired, you can begin volunteering and get all the benefits immediately!

For a comprehensive list of the responsibilities of being a PI, please click here.