As part of the College’s response to the coronavirus, access to the Sturrus Technology Center is limited to students and staff with in-person classes. No outside events are being scheduled at this time.
Sturrus Technology Center
388 W. Clay
Muskegon, MI 49440
(231) 777-0421 (Main Desk) or (231) 288-6504 (Security)
Bus Routes from Main Campus
Click here to view the Muskegon Area Transit System (MATS) bus route between the main campus and the Sturrus Technology Center – Routes 11
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
The STC cost $16.125 million to complete the renovations in 2017, and MCC received an additional $3.7 million as an equipment grant from the state of Michigan to outfit the building, bringing the total project cost to $19.8 million.
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Visitors enter the Carolyn I. and Peter Sturrus Technology Center at 388 W. Clay, across from Hackley Park. They 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. Taking the elevator to the second floor, visitors arrive in the Judith Toxopeus & John W. Kleeves Upper Elevator Lobby.
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 prepare 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 is the meeting place for each class as it gets underway and allows instructors to discuss the main objectives and concepts for the class before students head in to Machine Technology Lab to work on their projects.
Room 115 – Northern Machine Tool Co. Machine Technology Lab (5,212 sq. ft.)
Home to manual and CNC machines for metal working, the focus here is to increase CNC machines and new equipment, such as new Haas mills and lathes.
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.
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.
Dr. Dale and Connie Nesbary Student Lounge
The rear stairwell leads to the Dr. Dale and Connie Nesbary Student Lounge, on the second floor. while the front stairwell leads to the Dr. Alan Steinman Student Lounge.
Dr. Alan Steinman Student Lounge
The front stairwell leads to the Dr. Alan Steinman Student Lounge on the second floor.
Room 210 – Alternative Energy Classroom (2,408 sq. ft.)
This classroom/lab hosts MCCs Alternative and Renewable Energy program. It includes solar electric, solar hot water, and wind turbines. There is an indoor residential roof for solar array installation and lab space for wind turbine troubleshooting and analysis. This room is also used for Residential Electricity. Students install and wire switches, lighting, and panels for hands-on training.
Room 211 – Robert Slager Applied Technology Lab (1,658 sq. ft.)
This computer lab has 24 student stations for use with Machining, Quality Assurance, CAD, Technical Math and other classes. There are 16 Haas CNC programming simulators that interface with the Machine Technology Lab equipment to allow practice coding CNC machined parts.
Room 212 – Electronics Lab (1,505 sq. ft.)
This lab has 20 computer stations used for simulation and design software for electronics classes. It is also the hands-on training lab for the BioMed Electronics classes and includes pumps, EKGs, defibrillators, ventilators, and a variety of modern medical equipment common to hospitals and clinics.
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 components and diagnostic instruments for understanding analog and digital electrical circuits, from basic topics to advanced.
Room 217 – Arconic Foundation Automation Lab (2,732 sq. ft.)
This lab includes industrial robots, electrical panels, PLCs, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment for hands-on electric training. Programming, communications, sensors, conveyors, and temperature chambers are used to explore the concepts of industrial controls and automation.
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, a 3D printer, and a new 3D scanner.
Room 225 – Canteen Vending Student Lounge (350 sq. ft.)
Students can access this room anytime they are in the Sturrus Technology 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 is used for general education requirements that are part of Applied Technology degrees.
Center for Experiential Learning
Room 125 – Dr. Donald and Nancy Crandall Experiential Learning Lab (1,030 sq. ft.)
Part of the Center for Experiential Learning, this lab 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. Home of MCC’s Center for Experiential Learning, the Sturrus Technology 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 Sturrus Technology 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.
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.
Room EC 106 Best Financial Credit Union (236 sq. ft.)
This satellite location of Best Financial Credit Union provides convenient service for its members.
Room EC 111 – Lakeshore Fabrication (Fab) Lab (3,263 sq. ft.)
Beginning Spring 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.
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 trainings held by the Lakeshore Fab Lab.
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.
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 Sturrus Technology 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.
New equipment to the Sturrus Technology 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.
Naming Opportunities Still Available
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) 777-0571
Renovation Work Begins (September 2016)
Renovation Work (October 2016)
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Renovation Work (December 2016)
Renovation Work (March 2017)
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Renovation Work (September 2017)
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