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.
"With these investments and partnerships, Nucor hopes to better equip students for post-graduation opportunities, opportunities we hope they seek with Nucor," said Dave Davolt, electrical supervisor at the company.
Also this week, Michigan Tech announced that a $25,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation will allow three of the school's Advanced Motorsports Enterprise teams to come together in a space for a remodeled engine lab in Houghton.
The school's Formula SAE, Supermileage Systems and Clean Snowmobile teams all will work in the lab at the Advanced Technology Development Complex. Low walls divide the lab into three work areas, so all three teams can use the facility at the same time.