Summer placements with Subaru Automotive USA
Second year AME students had the unique opportunity to take part in a 10 week long summer exchange with Purdue University in Indiana, USA.
The three Manufacturing Engineers, Maria, Alicia and Nick spent their summer working for Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., an Indiana-based manufacturer of the Subaru Outback and Legacy line of vehicles. SIA is the only Subaru auto assembly plant in the United States, and the students played a pivotal role in helping to create a new production line which will eventually increase Indiana Automotive’s workforce by around 1,200 employees.
Utilising their skills in automation, logistical planning and project management, the students gained first-hand experience of working on real-world problems, as well as being offered the unique opportunity to work in an international environment.
Nick Hugill, one of the students chosen for the exchange, commented “Maria, Alicia and I were lucky enough to travel out to the state of Indiana to work with Subaru Automotive. We were all nervous to start as we weren’t fully certain on what we would be doing, but we found everyone to be so accommodating and this made us eager to perform well and impress. In their plant 5,400 people are employed so it was different to anything we had seen before and took a lot of getting used to.
“Maria was assigned to work in the Trim and final assembly shop where she would work on developing a suitable system for the assembly of a new model of vehicle. Alicia worked in the body department on a multitude of projects including designing new racks for parts storage and working with the new state of the arm robot assembly line. I found myself out in the factory working with the materials management office, making sure the production line never ran out of stock.
“Working in a new place always makes you learn new things and approach tasks with a new way of thinking. This is definitely true for our time at Subaru. All of us have applied things that we have taken from our time at University, however being given the opportunity to go out to places like this and working hard has given us all something valuable to bring back and take forward in finishing our degrees and onto our future career.”