388 W. Clay
Muskegon, MI 49440
Join us for our Grand Opening on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the public!
Click here to view the Muskegon Area Transit System (MATS) bus routes between the main campus and the Sturrus Technology Center – Routes 20, 25, 30 and the newly added Route 70 Marquette Express.
Sturrus Technology Center Namesakes
On Sept. 20, 2017, Muskegon Community College’s Downtown Center officially became the Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center after the local couple donated a record $1.5 million gift to the College to name the facility. The Sturrus’ donation represents the largest – by more than a million dollars – individual gift to MCC.
“I am doing this for the love of Muskegon and the love of Muskegon Community College,” explained Peter Sturrus, who was the longtime president of Shape Corp. in Grand Haven, MI, and once took classes at MCC while beginning his career as a tool-and-die maker. His classes transferred to Aquinas College, where he received his business degree.
“The main reason I did this was to honor my wife, Carolyn Iversen Sturrus,” he continued. “She served as Assistant to the President of MCC for over 30 years, beginning right out of high school.” Click here to read the complete story
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Visitors enter the Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center at 388 W. Clay, across from Hackley Park. They will pass through the newly constructed Wayne G. Deur Vestibule and into the Consumers Energy Foundation Atrium/Lobby. The Greg and Barb Marczak Corridor to the right takes visitors to the Experiential Learning Classroom and the Student Center. The corridor directly facing the vestibule leads to the Warner Norcross and Judd Lobby.
Complete Building Map (2-page PDF)
Applied Technology Department
Room 011 – CWC Textron Foundry Lab (2,495 sq. ft.)
With an all-new Sinto Sandmold foundry system and accompanying existing Inductotherm furnace, the CWC Textron Foundry Lab will teach the next generation of foundry workers.
Room 013 – James and Florence Jackson Pattern Shop (497 sq. ft) and Finishing Room (286 sq. ft.)
Adjoining the CWC Textron Foundry Lab, the Pattern Shop, which is sponsored by Stephen and Debra Jackson in memory of James and Florence Jackson, has equipment to grind and finish parts and molds created for a foundry. The Finishing Room is sponsored by Susan Jackson in memory of James and Florence Jackson.
Room 015 – Material Testing Lab (2,292 sq. ft.)
The science of testing materials for quality purposes to meet specifications, metallurgy is an important manufacturing function. This lab boasts a new spectrometer, along with hardness and tensile testers, which will expose students to key tools in this important field.
Room 110 -Machine Technology Classroom (940 sq. ft.)
Adjacent to the Machine Technology Lab, this classroom contains 16 student computer stations for tool path software allowing machining students to transition a CAD design to a metal finished product in the Machine Technology Lab. (Opening January 2018)
Room 115 – Machine Technology Lab (5,212 sq. ft.)
Home to manual and CNC machines for metal working, the focus here will be to increase CNC machines and new equipment, such as new Haas mills and lathes. (Opening January 2018)
Room 112 – Arconic Foundation Metrology Lab (124 sq. ft.)
This room houses coordinate-measuring machine (CMM) and other measuring and quality tools for machining students to practice quality control processes on finished parts. (Opening January 2018)
Room 117 – Welding Technology Lab (6,886 sq. ft.)
This lab houses 16 new welding booths, complete with new welders and a gas manifold system, along with a large fabrication area that includes a new shear, hem saw, punch press, and welding robotic equipment.
Room 118 – Welding Classroom (988 sq. ft.)
Adjoining the Welding Technology Lab, this classroom can accommodate 16 students and has Smart Board capabilities.
Room 120 – Student Services Offices
This office complex, which is used by the MCC Student Services staff, includes the Larry Wright Waiting Room and the Neil Sanders Office, as well as two others.
Room 122 – Student Center (2,074 sq. ft.)
The former Muskegon Chronicle lobby, this beautiful wood-paneled room has been restored to its original splendor. Containing multi-purpose furniture, the facility will primarily be used as a student study area but can accommodate public events.
Second Floor Student Lounges
The rear stairwell leads to the Dr. Dale and Connie Nesbary Student Lounge, while the front stairwell leads to the Dr. Alan Steinman Student Lounge.
Room 210 – Alternative Energy Classroom (2,408 sq. ft.)
This classroom/lab will host MCC’s wind and solar-related alternative energy classes. Solar arrays and wind turbines can be set up and deconstructed in this space. (Opening January 2018)
Room 211 – Computer Lab (1,658 sq. ft.)
This computer lab has 20 student stations for use with Quality Assurance, CAD, Technical Math and other classes. (Opening January 2018)
Room 212 – Electronics Lab (1,505 sq. ft.)
This lab has 16 computer stations for programmable logic controller classes, among others. (Opening January 2018)
Room 215 –Classroom (961 sq. ft.)
A general purpose classroom for general education requirements associated with Applied Technology degrees.
Room 216 – Electricity Lab (1,905 sq. ft.)
This lab has basic electricity kits and 16 work stations for understanding the basics of electricity. (Opening January 2018)
Room 217 – Arconic Foundation Automation Lab (2,732 sq. ft.)
A new program to MCC, the Arconic Foundation Automation lab has six robots, created by a variety of manufacturers, and a mobile cart of laptops that can be connected to the robots to complete robotic programming. (Opening January 2018)
Room 219 – CAD Computer Lab (1,302 sq. ft.)
This lab contains 20 student CAD stations – all with dual monitors, solid state drives, and installed with the latest in CAD software.
Room 220 – Applied Technology Department Offices (842 sq. ft.)
This complex of offices serving the Applied Technology Department chair and faculty members, includes the Arild and Margaret Nielsen Reception Area and the Comerica Foundation Storage Room.
Room 222 – Arconic Foundation CAD Computer Lab (1,143 sq. ft.)
This lab, which is sponsored by the Arconic Foundation, contains 20 CAD student stations, all with dual monitors, solid state drives, and installed with the latest in CAD software.
Room 223 – Arconic Foundation Additive Manufacturing Lab (336 sq. ft.)
This lab houses a new large format plotter, 3D printers, and a 3D scanner.
Room 225 – Canteen Vending Student Lounge (350 sq. ft.)
Students can access this room anytime they are in the Downtown Center to use vending machines or microwave ovens to heat their meals.
Room 226 – DTE Energy Foundation Classroom (907 sq. ft.)
A general purpose classroom sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation, this room will be used for general education requirements that are part of Applied Technology degrees.
Center for Experiential Learning
Room 125 – Experiential Learning Classroom (1,030 sq. ft.)
Part of the Center for Experiential Learning, this classroom includes innovative group work technology. Combined with its central downtown location amidst a variety of historic buildings, the facility will bring class work to life.
Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute
Visitors enter the Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute from its W. Clay Ave. entrance across from Hackley Park. They will pass through Helstrom Vestibule and into the Essex/Port City Group Lobby. (opening January 2018)
Room EC 106 Best Financial Credit Union (236 sq. ft.)
This satellite location of Best Financial Credit Union provides convenient service for its members. (opening January 2018)
Room EC 109 MCC Bookstore (746 sq. ft.)
Operated by Barnes and Noble, the space will include textbooks and school supplies for Downtown center students. (opening January 2018)
Room EC 111 – Lakeshore Fabrication (Fab) Lab (3,263 sq. ft.)
Beginning January 2018, the Lakeshore Fab Lab, sponsored by the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, will offer a dynamic environment for entrepreneurs of all ages to bring their ideas to life. CAD stations, 3D printers, robotics, laser etching, production machining, and much more will be available on a membership and materials basis. Connected to the Global Fab Lab network, it will be possible to tap into ideas and help worldwide. The Fab Lab includes the Fremont Area Community Foundation Makerspace Storage Area.
(Opening January 2018)
Room 102 – Richard and Ann Kraft Rapid Prototype Center (899 sq. ft.)
Sponsored by Richard and Ann Kraft, this room is part of the Lakeshore Fab Lab and open to use by Fab Lab members. The room contains 12 CAD stations, Stratasys high and midrange 3D printers, and a 3D scanner. In addition to use by Fab Lab members, this room is used for MCC CAD classes, as well as trainings held by the Lakeshore Fab Lab. (Opening January 2018)
Applied Technology Programs
With new work stations connected to new 3-D printers, the CAD program introduces you to the beginning point of everything that is manufactured today. Demand for CAD positions is expected to rise 3.1% though 2022 and the median wage is $25.68/hour.
Electronics/Automation (coming January 2018)
With a completely updated suite of electric panels and six new robots, with all the bells and whistles, MCC is implementing a revamped program focusing on Automation. Starting with the basics about electric current, through PLCs and robot programming you will be ready to be a part of this revolution in manufacturing. Demand for robotic programmers is expected to rise 9% through 2022 and the median wage is $23.33/hour. Demand for industrial electricity maintenance positions is expected to rise 29% through 2022 and the median wage is $21.75/hour.
MCC offers both and Associate in Science and Arts in Engineering and an Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. MCC has a new partnership with Western Michigan University in engineering whereby you can take three years at MCC and one year at WMU leading to degrees in manufacturing engineering, product engineering and engineering management along with the fact that WMU engineering staff are located at the downtown center, as well as Ferris manufacturing advisors. Demand for industrial engineering technician positions is expected to rise 9% through 2022 and the median wage is $21.95/hour.
Machining (coming January 2018)
New equipment to the Downtown Center includes MCC’s first five axis CNC mill. In addition, new CNC turning centers and CNC vertical machining centers bring this program to the next level. Demand for CNC programmers is expected to rise 44% through 2022 and the median wage is $22.32/hour.
With cast metals and the accompanying skills of material testing being a bedrock of Muskegon industry, this program is getting a facelift with a new foundry and a sand conveyor system, as well as the creation of a world class materials testing lab with numerous new tensile and hardness testers, along with a top of the line spectrometer. Demand for foundry workers is expected to rise .7% through 2022 and the median wage is $13.75/hour and demand for metallurgists is expected to rise 11% through 2022 and the median wage is $20.48/hour.
New equipment including all new welding booths, welders, and robotic welders are taking this program to the next level including the additions of welding automation and steel fabrication. Demand for welders is expected to rise 14% through 2022 and the median wage is $16.65/hour.
Home of MCC’s Center for Experiential Learning, the Downtown Center will host classes and public programs that will bring history, social science, political science, and many more topics to life downtown Muskegon. The Center provides collaborative educational opportunities featuring experiential learning pedagogy. The Downtown Center will also be the home base for Experiential Learning offerings around town and for excursions to state and national locations. In its new location the Center plans to grow from the 30 events engaging 4,000 students and community members last year, and on October 5, 2017 will host a community-wide presentation at Muskegon’s Frauenthal Theater- An evening with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Entrepreneur Fab Lab
Beginning 2018, the Sturrus Technology Center will include the Lakeshore Fabrication (Fab) Lab, a dynamic environment for entrepreneurs of all ages to bring their ideas to life. CAD stations, 3D printers, robotics, laser etching, production machining, and much more will be available on a membership and materials basis. Connected to the Global Fab Lab network, it will be possible to tap into ideas and help worldwide.
Naming Opportunities Still Available!
Rooks | Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute
The Rooks | Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute main floor includes the Rooks Sarnicola lobby, the Maker’s Space, the Youth Entrepreneurial Space, a credit union, and the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.
Courses and Activities: Feasibility Studies; Business Plan Creation; and Team Building.
The Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center main floor includes the Main Lobby/Collaboration Space,the Richard H. and Ann U. Kraft Digital Fabrication Lab, Welding Lab, Machining Lab which will include CNC Simulation Lab, CAM Lab, Tool Crib, Metrology area, and classrooms.
Courses: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Machining; NC/CNC; 2-D CAD/CAM; 3-D CAD/CAM; Moldmaking; Basic and Advanced Diemaking; Basic and Advanced Machine Repair; Basic CAD & Design; Software Training; Prototype Development; and Equipment Usage.
The Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center second floor includes faculty offices, the Alcoa Foundation Automation Lab, Electricity Lab, classrooms for CAD including Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing), Renewable Energy, Applied Technology and Electronics, and the Building Manager’s office.
Courses: Basic Electronics; Active Devices and Circuit Analysis; Electronics Mathematics; Digital Electronics; Industrial Electronics Systems; Microcomputer Interfacing; Medical Instrumentation and Measurement; Wind Turbine and Solar Array Installation; Applied Alternative and Renewable Energy; Basic Electricity; Residential Wiring; Industrial Electricity; National Electrical Code; Programmable Controllers; Hydraulics/Pneumatics; Basic Quality Control; Quality and Productivity Using SPC.
The Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center lower level includes the CWC Textron Foundry Lab, the James and Florence Jackson Pattern Shop, Materials Testing Lab, Finishing Room, rentable office space, classrooms, and the Basic Machine Lab.
Courses: Industrial Materials; Basic Cast Metals; Metallurgy; Advanced Metals; materials Testing; Introduction to Plastics; Patternmaking; Gating & Risering.
Facility Naming Opportunities
The MCC Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center offers corporations and individual donors many opportunities to have a classroom, laboratory or the building itself named in their honor.
For more information on the Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center naming opportunities or to arrange a private tour, contact:
Phone: (231) 777-0456
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