Clemson University on Thursday will celebrate the grand opening of its new Vehicle Assembly Center, designed to meet the demand for a skilled manufacturing workforce.
“We wanted to look at a new way to educate people in the manufacturing of vehicles, or the manufacturing of anything, and look at it all the way from the base materials to the final assembly of the largest component — in this case, a vehicle,” BMW Endowed Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Laine Mears said.
The facility is located inside the Center for Manufacturing Innovation at Greenville Tech. Clemson graduate students with the International Center for Automotive Research will work alongside Greenville Tech students gaining practical experience. The line can be adjusted for students to assemble anything, not just vehicles.
“I am excited about this,” Mears said. “It’s a new way to bring the right people together.”
Mears said it’s a unique opportunity for future engineers and manufacturing employees to learn and work together. [Read more…]