Students take hands on tour of GM

SPRING HILL — General Motors opened its doors to Middle Tennessee’s youth this week inviting them to tour the facility and experience the same hands-on training new employees receive before joining the assembly line.

During the four-day “Go Tech” Advanced Manufacturing Academy, students and recent high school graduates received an extended tour of the 6.9 million square foot facility, seeing the manufacturing processes most visitors never get the chance to see. The tour included a step-by-step view of the assembly process and a ride through the testing environments each vehicle is exposed to before leaving the plant.

After a tour the first day of the camp, students returned on the second day, training on the plant’s simulated work environment ,or SWE, a miniature rectangular assembly line of wooden cars and parts.

“It shows them the importance of standardized work,” Paint Shop Group Leader Mike Gruhn said. “When a customer purchases a Cadillac or a GMC, they expect to get same quality every time across the board. It’s similar to what an assembly line looks like.” To Read More Click Here…

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