HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Steel producer Nucor Corp. has given $255,000 to Michigan Technological University to establish a lab to help better prepare students for jobs after they graduate.
The school in Houghton on Wednesday announced plans for the facility, called the Nucor Industrial Control and Automation Laboratory at Michigan Tech. Industrial control and automation is a system of computer hardware and software used to monitor and control the operation of industrial processes.
"The knowledge and experience students receive will produce well-educated graduates with practical, hands-on experience designing, configuring and troubleshooting industrial control systems," Jim Frendewey, dean of Michigan Tech's School of Technology, said in a statement.
The lab is a collaborative effort of the Electrical Engineering Technology program in the School of Technology and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering. It will be located in the Electrical Energy Resources Center.
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Nucor has a relationship with Michigan Tech that began in 2008, and it offers financial support and sends representatives to campus.