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New Member Onboarding Notes

Just a few notes on the method to my madness: we all know that most new members show up to a GBM or three and then we never see them again. And I’ve noticed two things - a. A lot of our best members have a story about how they almost stopped coming until one little thing gave them a reason to come back b. a lot of people who I know to be very capable engineers want to join EDT but simply don’t have time right now. And that’s fine.

So I’m less concerned with increasing the percentage of people we successfully turn into full members than I am with making it as easy as possible for us to keep in contact with people we like and vice-versa. We can then draw from that talent pool as needed.

In other words, it’s okay to tell someone that you don’t know if we have any work for them right now but you’ll keep an ear out. But if you think they have potential, please do keep an ear out for them.

Also, while onboarding new members is never bad, what really matters is supporting the captains and making sure they have what they need to succeed, and that’s usually more than just more warm bodies.

Let’s all try to take some pressure off the captains this year so they can focus on the engineering decisions. Making travel arrangements for competitions and teaching new members are two things captains should always feel free to offload onto the officers.

Supporting the captains is always the no. 1 priority.

No. 2 is writing down the answers to the questions that keep getting asked over and over and over again, then making sure that information is easy for others to find without needing to be told about it. Not necessarily on the wiki but probably on the wiki.

Things we can all do to keep the shop organized

First, we have adhesive-backed velcro strips in the back of the shop. This stuff is INSANELY useful and if you notice that we are running out please harrass myself or Marc until we order more.


If two objects belong together, velcro ‘em together. Simple as that.


Second, there is a label maker in the top of my locker. The combo is the first three digits of my phone number. You are encouraged to use it every time it occurs to you that “it would be good if everyone who picked this up immediately had certain information about it”.

Labelmaker labelled.jpg

Examples include “what this is” “where it belongs” “how to use it” “what you should absolutely not under any circumstances do with it”.

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If that information is too complex to fit on a label, consider writing a wiki article and putting a url-shortened link on the label.

The shop has no real organization system. I tried to impose one but it was pointless. You have full discretion to organize the things you use in a way that is helpful to you and your team. All we ask is that you keep the needs of other teams in mind as you do so. The only rule is to talk to someone before knowingly changing their organizational system. If people aren’t playing nice, we encourage you to talk to an officer sooner rather than later.

Anything bulky but light enough to lift up there should be stored on top of the RMC arena or on the ledge with hush puppy in order to preserve as much floor space as possible.