- Emerson Center Floor 1
- Emerson Center Floor 2
- Center for Workforce Innovation
Emerson Center - Engineering and Technology Department Offices
Emerson Center - Civil and Construction
Civil and Construction Lab (E161): In this lab, students learn basic engineering properties testing methods as related to concrete, soil, and asphalt materials.
|A| Concrete testing - Concrete or asphalt samples with various proportions are subjected to increasing pressure until failure.
|B| Mixing station - Students are able to create a variety of concrete and soil samples in the lab.
Emerson Center - Surveying
Surveying Lab (E160): This lab houses equipment for survey related courses and construction blueprint reading.
Emerson Center - Global Positioning System
Global Positioning System Lab (GPS) (E159): Global positioning data collected from a continuously operated CORS GPS Base Station is used as an instructional resource in survey related classes and posted on the Internet. The GPS data collected is also available to municipalities, planners, surveyors, developers, and public at-large for GPS/GIS related applications.
Emerson Center - Metallurgy and Strength of Materials
Metallurgy & Strength of Materials Lab (E157): Students gain hands on experience testing properties of adhesives, ferrous and non-ferrous metals with various heat treatments. Students prepare metallurgical samples and examine grain structure. Lab equipment includes hardness testers, tensile tester, impact tester, fatigue tester and a heat treating furnace.
|A| Tensile tester - Sample bars of material are inserted and pulled with increasing tension (force) until they rupture with a surprisingly loud noise.
|B| Impact tester - This machine measures the amount of force needed to break a specimen under a high speed tensile load introduced through a swinging pendulum.
|C| Fatigue tester - Material samples are repeatedly mechanically flexed until failure.
|D| Heat treating furnace - Heat-treating is a term used to describe all of the controlled heating and cooling operations performed on a material in the solid state for the purpose of altering its microstructure and/or properties.
|E| Hardness Tester
Emerson Center - Robotics
Robotics Lab (E157A): In this lab, students gain an understanding of robotic components and basic programming for computer integrated manufacturing. The lab equipment includes a CIM Cell with bench top machines including an Intelitec Robot and two industrial F5 Fischer Scientific robotic manipulators with Fanuc controllers. We also have a lab (E285) equipped with Allen Bradley PLCs and simulators.
|A| Robot arm - Robots are becoming more common and versatile throughout manufacturing. These robot arms are equipped with pneumatic manipulators designed by one of our students and made in our additive manufacturing lab.
Emerson Center - Metrology
Metrology Lab (E157): Students learn the principles of metrology, data collection and precision measurement. This lab includes a variety of equipment such as sine bars, gage blocks, height indicators and scribes, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and an optical comparator.
|A| Height indicator - This student is using a digital height indictor on a granite surface plate.
|B| CMM - The Metrology Lab is equipped with two CMMs, a Helmel and a Mitutoyo with a motorized head. A CMM uses a probe to very precisely measure the physical geometrical characteristics of an object. Students compare the parts they produce to the specifications on the mechanical blueprint.
|C| Optical Comparator - This student is using our Starrett optical comparator. The shadow image of the part produced by the student is magnified with lenses and bounced by mirrors, to be projected on the back of a screen for magnified viewing.
Emerson Center - Plumbing and Pipefitting
Plumbing and Pipefitting Lab (E153): Students use Amatrol training equipment and tools to create piping systems. Students also work with valves, flanges, compression and flare fittings. Coursework is focused on industrial maintenance with minimal fixture work. Equipment includes an automatic pipe threader and hand tools.
|A| Piping Systems Trainer - Piping systems are constructed from black steel, copper and PVC plastic.
|B| Pipe Threader
Emerson Center - Lobby
|A| The Emerson Center lobby is used for meetings, events and as a study space for students.
|B| The lobby features a process controls display donated by the Emerson Company when the center was built and a clock that was designed and fabricated by faculty and students of the Engineering and Technology Department.
Emerson Center - CNC Manufacturing Lab
CNC Manufacturing Lab (E 155): In the CNC Machining Lab, students are introduced to basic G and M code as they learn to program and operate Haas computer numerical controlled (CNC) mills and lathes. This lab also includes a 5-axis trunion mill, an Okuma lathe, vertical and horizontal machining centers, a water jet, plasma cutter, laser, wire EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) and die sinking EDM.
|A| CNC mill - Special programming language is used to create a tool pathways described in relation to the x-axis (right/left), y-axis (forward/backward) and z-axis (up/down). Once an accurate program is created, material is loaded correctly and the tool is at the precise starting point, a CNC mill can create a part with great precision and repeatability. Our CNC lab has 4 Haas mini-mills. Precision Machining Technology students can earn a NIMS credential for CNC mill set up, operation or programming.
|B| CNC Lathe - A CNC lathe is controlled by a computer program created in a special programming language. Once an accurate program is created, material is loaded correctly and the tool is at the precise starting point, a CNC lathe can create a part with great precision and repeatability. Our CNC lab has 4 Haas lathes. Precision Machining Technology students can earn a NIMS credential for CNC lathe set up, operation or programming.
|C| 5 axis mill - This 5-axis CNC mill has a trunion work holding base. Besides a tool pathway describing x-axis, y-axis and z-axis positions, the trunion base can roll and rotate adding the ability to create more geometrically complex parts.
|D| Water jet - A water jet uses an abrasive (like crushed garnet) mixed with water and forced through a very small nozzle. A water jet is controlled by computer programming and is useful for cutting a variety of materials. Since it is a cool process, the cut edges are not weakened or deformed by heat.
|E| Laser - This 60 watt CO2 marking laser etches anodized aluminum, wood, glass or plastic materials.
|F| Wire EDM - Our Charmilles Robofil 240 Wire EDM uses a metallic wire to cut a programmed contour in a workpiece. Extrusion dies and blanking punches are very often machined by wire cutting. Cutting is always through the entire workpiece.
|G| Plunge EDM - Our lab has an AGIE Mondo Die Sinking EDM. An electrical spark is created between an electrode and a workpiece. The spark is visible evidence of the flow of electricity. This electric spark produces intense heat with temperatures reaching 8000 to 12000 degrees Celsius, melting almost anything. The spark is very carefully controlled and localized so that it only affects the surface of the material. This technology is common in die and mold making.
|H| Okuma CNC lathe
Emerson Center - Manual Machining
Manual Machining Lab (E 155): In the Manual Machining Lab, students obtain hands-on experience using manual machine tools and precision measurements. Emphasis is placed on safety, cutting speeds and feeds, quality of workmanship, and measurement. Students learn to operate manual mills, manual lathes, surface grinders and a drill press. The shop also has vertical and horizontal band saws and other ancillary equipment.
|A| Manual Mill - The shop has seven Acer vertical knee mills. Mills use a rotating tool for making holes in parts and for cutting away material from a block to leave the desired shape and features. Precision Machining Technology students can earn a NIMS credential for manual mill.
|B| Manual Lathe - The shop has eight engine lathes. Lathes rotate the workpiece while a tool trims off unwanted material to produce symmetrical parts. Lathes can also create threads and surface features on round parts. Precision Machining Technology students can earn a NIMS credential for manual lathe.
|C| Surface Grinder - The shop has several surface and bench grinders. Precision Machining Technology students can earn a NIMS credential for surface grinding.
|D| Drill Press - Precision Machining Technology students can earn a NIMS credential for drill press.
Emerson Center - Welding and Casting
Casting and Welding Lab (E155): Students in our Manufacturing Processes I class and our ME101 Welding Technology course use these welding stations. Students learn basic Arc, MiG, and TiG welding. The lab is equipped with a small foundry for making aluminum castings.
|A| Welding Stations - Our welding area has 10 stations.
|B| Stik Welder, Tig Welder, Mig Welder - The lab has four arc welding stations, six MIG and three TIG stations and three plasma cutters.
|C| Foundry - Sand casting equipment includes a furnace and crucibles suitable for pouring aluminum.
Emerson Center - CNC Programming Computer Lab
CNC Programming Lab (E155B): Students learn CNC programming on state-of-the-art Dell Precision Workstations using the latest version of MasterCAM and Haas simulators.
Emerson Center - Engineering Technology Center
Engineering Technology Center (E276): The computers in this space have all the software that engineering or engineering technology students need for homework and projects.
Emerson Center - Electronic Devices
Electronic Devices Lab (E297): This lab is used in conjunction with courses on Electronic Devices, Applied Electronics and Engineering Science. Using digital storage oscilloscopes, students learn about specialized components like capacitors and transistors.
|A| Scopes - Equipment includes oscilloscopes, frequency counters, DC power supply and RF generators.
Emerson Center - Advanced CAD
Advanced CAD Lab (E277 and E283), UGS Corp.Solid Modeling Lab (E278): Each Computer Aided Design (CAD) lab contains 20 computer stations where students learn:
- The principles of creating two and three dimensional drawings using CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Drafting/Computer Aided Manufacturing) software.
- The procedures to design solid model drawings to be used for manufacturing parts.
- The procedures to post-process their designs for use on manufacturing equipment.
- Civil and Construction students learn to use GPS/GIS software in surveying and mapping applications.
Software used in this lab includes AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, PTC Creo, Solidworks, Unigraphics, MasterCam
Emerson Center - Electrical Circuits
Electrical Circuits Lab (E298 and E294): Students use these labs in several courses to build knowledge of basic electrical principles. Students use “breadboards” to explore the principles of resistance, capacitance, inductance, rectification and amplification.
|A| Electrical circuits lab - Available equipment includes DC power supply, digital multi-meters, oscilloscopes and function generators.
|B| Breadboards - Reusable breadboards are used to create electrical circuits without the need for soldering components. This makes it easy to use for creating temporary prototypes and experimenting with circuit design.
Emerson Center - Communications Lab
Communications Lab (E294): This lab is used to study the transmission of AC signals like AM and FM radio signals.
Signal testing equipment, switching equipment, and fiber optic cable installation and termination equipment are available. This lab is used for the customized AT&T employee training program.
Emerson Center - PC Repair
PC Repair Lab (E286): Fourteen stations in this lab are used to teach students to repair and upgrade PC’s, load software and configure networks. Students learn about modems and network cards.
|A| PC Repair
|B| PC Components
Emerson Center - Biomedical Engineering Technology Lab
Biomedical Engineering Technology Lab (E297): Biomedical Engineering Technology students learn how electronic principles apply to the operation of biomedical equipment in this lab. Students learn to use state-of-the-art test equipment for troubleshooting and repairing equipment.
|A| Biomedical Equipment - Students use typical medical equipment for lab work.
|B| Biomedical Test - Specialized test equipment helps students learn to analyze and troubleshoot issues.
Emerson Center - Motor Controls Lab
Motor Controls Lab (E286): This lab houses AC/DC motors where students learn how a motor functions and the basics of wiring and testing motors.
Emerson Center - Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing and Engineering Design Lab
Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing and Engineering Design Lab (E284A): Students learn about additive manufacturing processes that build parts up in layers rather than cutting parts out of material like most traditional subtractive processes. All additive processes are sometimes referred to as 3D printing, which was one of the first additive technologies developed. The process begins with a 3D model created using solid modeling design software like other manufacturing technologies but the digital file is processed into slices for additive manufacturing technologies. To prepare solid model files for production, we use Insight, Magics RP and ZEdit software.
The machines in this lab include:
- FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)
- MJM (Multi-Jet Modeling)
- 3DP (3 Dimensional Printing)
- 3D Scanner
|A| Additive - This piece incorporates our 3 additive manufacturing processes and our marking laser. The base uses our powder 3D printing, the front frame was produced by multi-jet modeling and the back frame uses the fused deposition process. LED lights embedded in the base illuminate the laser etched lettering in the glass.
|B| FDM Machine - The fused deposition builds up parts by placing down small lines of liquid hot plastic in layers. Black support material is printed were needed to maintain a gap, support an overhang or vertical facets. This support material is water soluble leave a hard plastic part. This machine is capable of a 10”x10”x10” build envelope at .007 inch layers.
|C| MJM Machine and FDM samples - The multi-jet process builds up parts by printing an array of droplets that are smoothed and cured by ultraviolet light. This technology is able to use clear or colored material of varying flexibility and different materials can be combined in one object. This Objet Eden 260VS machine is capable of a 10”x8”x8” build envelope at 16 microns layers (.00062 inches).
|D| 3DP Machine and 3DP samples - This process builds parts by printing a binding agent on a thin layer of powder. The build bin lowers slightly, more powder is smoothed across and binding agent is printed again. During the build process, parts are supported by the loose powder and when complete must be carefully excavated from the bin. This process cannot produce moving parts but can print in full color and is fairly quick. This machine is capable of a 10”x14”x10” build envelope at .0035 inch layers.
|E| 3D Laser Scanner - The non-contact 3D digitizer scans parts with a laser and produces a digital point cloud model of the part to the computer. Software programs produce a solid model from this digital information.
Emerson Center - Computer Applications
Computer Applications Lab (E284): Students learn operation and programming of various computer application programs used in industry in this lab which is adjacent to the additive manufacturing lab.
Software used includes Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual C++, MultiSim, RoboLAB, RoboPro, and Windows.
Emerson Center - PLCs
PLC Lab (E285): Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are used in the industry for controlling multiple automated operations and sampling of products in an assembly line and/or in a chemical process. The PLCs in this lab are also used to teach control and manipulation of robotic arms.
This lab is furnished with ten SLC 505 Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), eight Control Logic Controllers and 20 micro-logic controllers.
Emerson Center - Dark Room
Dark Room Lab (E290D): This lab is used to shoot and develop photographic negatives. Using ultraviolet light exposure, these negatives are used for printed circuit boards.
Emerson Center - Electronics Fabrication
Electronics Fabrication Lab (E290): This lab is used to design, develop, process, and manufacture printed circuit boards for prototype equipment such as variable power supply, audio amplifiers, signal decoders and other similar projects. Students also design and build their own chassis and fabricate cabinets for these projects. The lab consists of circuit board design CAD package, Kepro chemical etching and prototyping printed circuit equipment. Soldering stations offer a variety of equipment. Pace surface mount soldering equipment is also available for assembly and disassembly of PC boards. A pick and place machine and a reflow oven demonstrate automated mounting of components on circuit boards.
|A| CAD PCB - Copper plating is milled from this fiberglass board leaving only the copper traces forming the pathway of the electrical circuit. Using computer software, printed circuit board can be designed, changed and prototyped easily.
|B| Chemical PCB - Beginning with a photographic negative from the dark room, this process uses a light sensitive material to protect the desired copper pathways as the rest are etched away by acid. This process works for both the small-time hobbyist and mass production.
|C| Soldering - Students use various soldering equipment for attaching or repairing components of circuit boards.
|D| Pace surface mount - Ball grid array (BGA) technology is used for integrated circuitry.
|E| Pick n' Place - Once programmed, this robotic system places micro components from the reels onto circuit boards with speed and accuracy. Components are only lightly attached to the circuit board in this process. Industrial systems can place thousands of components per hour on hundreds of boards.
|F| Reflow oven - This machine carefully raises the delicate components and circuit board to just the right temperature for just the right length of time to melt the solder, firmly attaching the components. The PCB is then ready for testing and product assembly.
Center for Workforce Innovation - HVAC
HVAC Lab (CWI 130): This lab features equipment for the HVAC Operator course. Students learn troubleshooting techniques, safety, sizing and assembly of duct work, and understanding electrical schematics. Students also use pumps and reclaim equipment to work with coolants. Equipment includes a Hampden HVAC training system with a condenser, furnace and boiler system; four American Standard condensers and four American Standard furnaces; a Hampden refrigeration systems trainer; various hand tools and meters.
|A| HVAC - This training system allows students to troubleshoot an entire heating or cooling system.
|B| Furnaces - Furnaces and A/C units are used for hands on experience.
|C| Refrigeration - This training system can simulate an AC, heat pump or refrigeration system.
Center for Workforce Innovation - Composites Fabrication
|A| Composites Fabrication and Assembly (CWI 124 and 128): Composite materials are becoming more common in a wide array of products because they are light weight yet very strong because of the layered construction. Carbon fiber composites are used in aerospace. In these labs, students fabricate carbon fiber and honeycomb projects and learn drilling, sealing and fastening techniques used in assembly or repair of composite aerospace structures.
|B| Composite Fabrication and Composite Fab Sample - Students progress from laying up flat projects to more complex shapes which are vacuum sealed and oven cured.
Center for Workforce Innovation - Composites Assembly
|A| Composite Assembly - This clock project incorporates drilling, fastening and sealing skills. Students can also learn to repair damaged composite structures.
Center for Workforce Innovation - Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT)
Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT) Lab (CWI 130): The IMT lab offers self-paced computer based training in the areas of hydraulics, pneumatics, motor control, process control and mechanical drives. Basic through advanced level hands-on experience in each of these areas is provided on AMATROL trainers. More information on Technical and Safety Training is available here.
|A| IMT Lab - This lab is used for courses in the Maintenance Mechanic Certificate of Specialization program and for custom training through the Workforce Solution Group. The custom training uses self-paced learning activity packets of computer and hands on learning.
|B| Hydraulics, Pneumatic - Multiple Amatrol training stations can be configured for various levels of hydraulic or pneumatic activities. http://www.stlcc.edu/Workforce-Solutions/Training-Consulting/Technical-and-Safety-Training.html
|C| Process Control Trainer
Center for Workforce Innovation - Conference Rooms
Center for Workforce Innovation - Computer Lab
Center for Workforce Innovation - Aerospace Metal Structures Lab
Aerospace Metal Structures Lab (CWI 116): This lab includes 18 stations of benches and equipment specific to the sheet metal assembly and riveting for aerospace industries. Courses in the Boeing Pre-employment program are scheduled when Boeing anticipates a hiring need for assembly mechanics. Click here for more information on Boeing Pre-employment.
Aero Sheet Metal - These students are learning to layout and install fasteners used in the aerospace industry.
Center for Workforce Innovation - Aerospace-Electrical/ Mechanical Assembly Lab
Aerospace Electrical/Mechanical Assembly Lab (CWI 112): In this lab students learn to install electrical and mechanical components in aerospace structures. Courses in the Boeing Pre-employment program are scheduled when Boeing anticipates a hiring need for assembly mechanics.
|A| Aero Electrical - Students assemble and install wire bundles with the appropriate connections.
|B| Aero Mechanical - This activity simulates installing hydraulic and mechanical components in an aircraft bay.
Center for Workforce Innovation - Classrooms
Center for Workforce Innovation - PLCs
Programmable Logic Controller Lab (CWI 132): This lab is used by the Workforce Solutions Group for industry training on PLCs. The room is equipped for networking PLCs and the custom built trainers are mobile so training can be delivered onsite when that is preferred. More information on Technical and Safety Training is available here.
PLC Mobile Trainers - Four mobile stations are equipped with PLC 5s, SLC 500s, and Control Logics. Six mobile trainers are equipped with Micro Logics, Compact Logics and servo drives.