The College Merthyr Tydfil Motor Vehicle students have recently left behind their workshop and lecture room to experience German engineering at its best.
The group of students and college lecturers made a five-day trip to Munich and Stuttgart to see first hand the production methods of car manufacturing giants.
They spent the first three days at the plants and museums of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, AMG and Porsche, all based near the historic city of Stuttgart and enjoyed a memorable experience.
They were able to follow the manufacturing process from the first stage involving raw materials - a roll of steel – to the final stage and the finished product - a pristine motor rolling off the production line.
For the final two days it was on to the Bavarian capital city of Munich where they visited the BMW factory and museum with its vast showroom where the students saw the latest eco-friendly cars and concept cars of the future – and grabbed the chance to sit behind the wheel of some of the latest models.
The trip ended with a tour of the iconic Allianz Arena home to European and World Club champions FC Bayern Munich.
“I believe trips like these they are very important, they help you to understand vehicle production and to put things into perspective. You get to see exactly how cars are built and experience the working environment.
We have learned a lot about the companies’ histories, how they work, how big they are, the different scales of production and we also had the opportunity to see cars of the future on show.
An added bonus was the opportunity for sightseeing and to sample the culture of both Stuttgart and Munich.”
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