A group of Level 1 Motor Vehicle students recently visited the Jaguar Cars Ltd, Castle Bromwich Production Plant to see how their latest vehicles are assembled and to get an insight into the modern technologies that are employed. The visit was arranged by Aidan Coates in conjunction with Amanda Horder, Jaguars Support Officer, Education Business Partnership Centres.
A programme centred around the following areas:
Welcome and a product presentation, focusing on Jaguar Cars new technology.
A guided factory tour, watching how vehicles are assembled and listening to commentary from a guide.
The chance to build a number of vehicles, following real build criteria. (Team work).
Finally a chance to programme robots, this involved inputting a programme, with guidance, to get a robot arm to pick parts, load them onto a conveyor belt and deliver them.
All good fun with competition between groups and an opportunity to see the “Planners” “Motivators” and “Natural leaders” that emerge from such activities. The trip also encouraged our students to seek other career prospects that are on offer within the motor industry and not to think that its all “garage” work. Students saw this as an opportunity and commented that it was a worthwhile visit.
James Lewis who had visited a previous manufacturer some years before said “He was amazed at how more advanced the process of building cars had become from the bygone days of labour intensive production lines” Taylor Davies, Jessica Davis and Loren Hewitt, commented that it was “Pleasing to see women working in the factory amongst the men” and are interested in Jaguar’s “Women in Engineering initiative” Karl Harrison was impressed with the robotic arm display and their synchronisation.
The vehicle build using Lego (trade mark required) brought about natural leadership qualities in Luke Wale, James Lewis and Rhys Eccles.