The purpose of the trip was to give the students an insight in the world of the manufacturing industry and is an annual occurrence
Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and BEng in Manufacturing students from the WIT School of Engineering recently made a trip to Volkswagen in Bratislava, Slovakia.
This particular Volkswagen plant manufactured various car parts for Audi models, Skoda models and final assembly for some Volkswagen Models.
The purpose of the trip was to give the students an insight in the world of the manufacturing industry and the many aspects it has. This is a regular feature of the Engineering department and takes place every year.
As part of the trip the group visited the Volkswagen plant, which the students saw the main manufacturing processes during the production of the vehicles and their accompanying components.
The factory tour started off in the building where the pressing of the vehicle parts took place. We were able to see the various form tools for the different car parts. It was an amazing experience to see this huge and complex piece of machinery operating.
The second part of the tour took students to the building where the various parts were welded together using robots. The students were able to see the many different parts that were welded together there along with an assembly line where cars were in the early stages of being assembled. It was a fantastic experience for the students to see such a large scale production line.
The students then went on a day trip to Vienna, the capital city of Austria, the next day. This was a great opportunity for the students to see two countries in the same trip.
Organisers and sponsors
This trip was organised by 2nd year Mechanical Engineering students Jamie Gowings and Cian McDonald through WIT Clubs and Societies and sponsored by Eamonn Boland (Hertz), Engineers Ireland South East Committee, Engineers Ireland and the Department of Engineering Technology WIT. The group was accompanied by lecturers Ned Cullinan, Mary Doyle-Kent, Liam O’Shea and Lorraine Roche.