March 22nd, 2021 US History and Auto Mechanics classes at TAIS took a trip to Yulon Motor Factory to see how cars are built. US History is currently studying the Second Industrial Revolution where manufacturing was revolutionized by the assembly line created by Henry Ford. Naturally, seeing how cars are built fits in with Auto Mechanics curriculum. Students remember and retain information they experience and so a field trip was planned to Taiwan’s Yulon Motor Factory where Luxgen and Nissan cars are assembled.
The tour started with the chassis assembly plant where the cars move along an assembly line and workers fit the trip and interior components. When the cars are finished, they test them on rolling dynamometers and test all the systems before sending the car out.
The next stop on the tour is the activity center where students listen to a short presentation about the history of Yulon going back to when Jeeps were constructed in Taiwan in the 1950s and 60s. The current factory was made in the late 1970s to build Nissans, which it has done ever since.
Students were asked to make note of changes in the manufacturing process over time where modernizations took place and robots have taken the place of workers. Back in class, they draw conclusions about what the future holds for workers and manufacturing as automation becomes more and more widespread.