Inside Manufacturing, Mosslands at Vauxhall’s
Mosslands Year 7 students had an eye opening day when they visited Vauxhall’s, Ellesmere Port production plant
Mosslands Year 7 students had an eye opening day when they visited Vauxhall’s, Ellesmere Port production plant, where they currently build 29 cars an hour (on a busy day that can go up to 49!)
Firstly they were informed about the fascinating history of our local car plant and then got a chance to inspect both the actual oldest and newest car ever made at Vauxhall’s (that’s the Viva and the Astra for those not old enough to remember).
The boys were kept very busy participating in 7 enjoyable activities during the day, that included, constructing Kinnex model cars and racing them, being quizzed on the identities of car parts when blind folded, taking part in a robot challenge when they had to “race” a robot following a template and identifying the imperfections in metal panels using baby oil and UV lights. Over lunch the enthusiasm in the building was heightened, when model cars produced by the visiting schools had the chance to race against each other.
The best was saved to last, when we got the chance of a tour around the general assembly building. It was fascinating and remarkably quiet for such a state of the art factory. Students watched as the partially constructed cars were electronically moved around the factory, often above their heads. Robots seemed to dance as they fixed more and more parts to the body shell and in no time at all the silent work and human work force had constructed another famous Astra.
After today’s visit we would definitely recommend young students to work hard on their STEM subjects. There are so many “cool” opportunities in manufacturing and if you are particularly fascinated with new technology then the automotive manufacturing sector could be the future for you!