Mi  Design & Manufacturing Alliance

Tel: (248)-882-2359

Abse/DMA Industry Tours

Jim Masiak - Tour Coordinator
(248) 977-0849

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit, MI 48202

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is the birthplace of the Ford Model T. It is again open and evolving into a symbol of Detroit’s ability to invent, innovate, and rebound. Walk the plank floors worn smooth by hundreds of workers and thousands of cars. See Henry Ford’s competition, his early successes and false starts. The walking tour starts with an orientation of the facility and is followed by a description of each automobile, its history, innovations and progress in the evolution of the automobile in America.  Web-based information accessed with a smartphone helps to document the vehicle designs and features. Tours are available on Wednesday through Friday in the fall and later spring and last approximately 90 minutes.  Tours can be scheduled by contacting Sara Schultz on (313) 872-8759 extension 2 or at sara.schultzy@gmail.com.  For further information see http://www.fordpiquetteavenueplant.org/

The General Motors Heritage Center, Sterling Heights, MI 48312

The General Motors Heritage Center exhibits over 150 vehicles and archives containing historic documents and artifacts.  The vehicles demonstrate a history of automotive design, technical innovation and the efforts of those working in the industry.  A staggered tour plan for three schools of 30 students each will be offered starting at 10:30, 11:00 and 11:30 am on February 8, 2017.  The tour begins with a short orientation followed by a self-guided walking tour, lasting about 90 minutes. Schools may contact Jim Masiak at (248)977-0849 or at jimmasiak@gmail.com to schedule a tour.

Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. Siemens is also a sponsor of the Manufacturing in America (MiA). This conference is a two day event that offers exhibits, seminars, and thought leadership events for advancing the future of manufacturing. In conjunction with the conference a student day is planned for Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Ford Field, in Detroit. While details are still being finalized Siemens is currently planning a program for about 150 students on that day. Schools may contact Eric Kaczor at (248)712-8708 or eric.kaczor@siemens.com for more information or to make a reservation for the Siemens program. Information about the 2017 MiA program can be found at http://attendmia.com/.  Additional information on Siemens can be found at https://www.siemens.com/global/en/home.html

Orion Assembly

Assembly Plant student tours are tentatively being planned, beginning in March 2017.  At this time, the plant is undergoing model change for the assembly of the new Chevrolet Bolt all-electric SUV.  Tour details will be available in February, 2017.  The plant is located in Orion Township.  Information on the assembly plant can be found at

General Dynamics, Land Systems Maneuver Collaboration Center (MC2) Sterling Heights, MI

The MC2 Center is located within the General Dynamics Mound /17 Mile campus. Students will experience how gaming based simulation and design are currently used in the defense industry. Tours will be approximately 90 minutes in duration. A 10:30 am to 1:00 pm time frame has been suggested though this time frame is open to some variation. The number of students per tour is limited to 20 and instructors are encouraged to invite a counselor and building administrator to join the tour. Please contact Adriana Apahidean, Engineering Specialist at the Center, apahidea@gdls.com or call her at 586-825-4683 to schedule a tour. The Center is also available for instructor tours.  For more about the Center see

Stahl Automotive Museum Chesterfield, MI

This private museum has an amazing collection of automobiles that span the years from 1800s to 1960s. The collection provides an excellent opportunity for students to trace the historical development of the automobile. The development and use of new materials, advances in styling, and engineering innovation are all evident in the evolution of the cars on display. Tours are approximately 90 minutes, limited to a maximum of 25 students, and are available on Mondays or Wednesday-Friday. Recommended time for the tour is between the hours of 10 am to 1:00 pm. If there is a schedule conflict, a more suitable timeframe can be negotiated. This facility is also available for instructor tours and in-service. Contact Terri Coppens at terri.coppens@stahls.com or 586-749-1078 to schedule a tour. For more about the Stahl Museum see

Nissan Technical Center, North America (NTCNA) Farmington Hills, MI

Nissan Technical Center North American (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills is Nissan’s main campus for Research & Development (R&D) in North America.  The facility houses production engineering, research and testing, purchasing, quality and administration and employs more than 1,200.  A guided tour of the NTCNA facility will provide both instructors and students insight into the R&D process to design, build, and test vehicles. Nissan requests a maximum of 20 students for the tour.  Tours are conducted on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  To schedule a tour, please contact Sara Taggart directly at taggars@nrd.nissan-usa.com or call her at 1-248-488-4690.  She, in turn, will provide a tour application and schedule the tour. For additional information about NTCNA see

FANUC America Corporation, Rochester Hills, MI 48309

FANUC America offers the most complete range of industry-leading products and services for robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation solutions. FANUC is dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of North and South American manufacturers by creating opportunities to help them maximize their efficiency, reliability, quality, and profitability.  The focus for students will be a company and career overview of the robotics industry and a walking tour highlighting the use of robotics in multiple industries.  Tours will be offered to high school and community college students in January and March, 2017. Tours will last approximately 90 minutes and will be conducted between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.  Tours can be scheduled by contacting Paul Aiello at (248)377-7288 or at paul.aiello@fanucamerica.com. For additional information regarding FANUC see

Jim Masiak - Tour Coordinator
(248) 977-0849