A group of Key Stage 3 pupils visited the Jaguar Land-Rover engine manufacturing plant at the West Midlands i54 site. During the day we learnt about how the engines are manufactured, the skills needed, the care and attention that goes into making the engines for these luxury cars.
The Jaguar Land-Rover manufacturing plant is a massive site, spanning six separate warehouses where the manufacturing takes place. JLR is an environmentally conscious company with more solar panels powering its plant than any other UK company, these providing 25% of their energy needs. They also focus on the environment by using collected rainwater to clean some of their components.
The first of our activities was an engineering quiz on the statistics surrounding the brand and production. Following the introduction and quiz, we had a tour of the site, being especially impressed by the use of technology and robots. We then visited an area where the components were tested for cleanliness; JLR has very stringent assessment procedures to avoid contamination at every stage of the build. Every 38 seconds an engine is completed at this site, 9,000 per week!
We were very lucky to also have a couple of workers at JLR speak to us about the company and opportunities working for such a large organisation. They especially liked the friendliness of the work force and the satisfaction in making a quality product.
After the tour had finished we had a team challenge which was to build and assemble a piston crank out of small plastic components.
The day was thoroughly enjoyable and we’d like to thank Mr Leighton for arranging such a great experience for all of us.
– Karac Oldman, Y9Categories: SENIOR SCHOOL