Sunderland College Business students recently visited global automotive manufacturer Unipres to see engineering production and distribution processes in action.
The students, from the college’s Level 3 and HND courses, spent the morning at Unipres’ plant in Washington where they found out more about the company’s 35-year history and its Training Academy, a state-of-the-art simulated working environment.
Donning PPE equipment, including hard hat, safety goggles, high-vis and ear plugs, they then toured the factory floor which mixes traditional engineering skill with cutting-edge machines and processes. The students were given an overview of the manufacturing operation, from raw materials being moulded into automotive parts in the press shop and then assembled by robots ready to be shipped around the world to brands such as Nissan, Renault and Honda.
The tour ended with a demonstration of some of the company’s industry-leading equipment, including its virtual reality crane and virtual reality welder.
Skills Development Coach, Christina Etheridge, said: “We would like to thank Unipres for inviting our students to visit their Sunderland plant.
“During the tour they were able to see first-hand the manufacturing process, from the incoming raw materials to the final product being shipped to global networks.
We were able to see the business in action and reflect on how this aligns with what they are learning in the classroom, and how they can translate these processes into their assignments, theories and scenarios.”
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