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2017/2018 Abse/DMA Industry Tours

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

MC² is General Dynamics’ Innovation Center serving the Advanced Products and Technology group and is located at 38500 Mound Rd., just south of 17 Mile Road on the campus of General Dynamics Land Systems. Students will view and experience advanced technology applications intended for tomorrow’s military ground vehicles. They will be exposed to innovative engineering concepts as well several simulators and immersive environments. Tours will be approximately 90 minutes in duration, and focus on helping students to consider a STEM career.  The suggested time frame is 10:30 am to 1:00 pm though this time frame is open to some variation. This tour is limited to 20 students and instructors are encouraged to invite a counselor and building administrator to join the tour. Please contact Adriana Apahidean, mc² Engineering Specialist and STEM Coordinator,  at apahidea@gdls.com or call 586-825-4683, to schedule a tour. The Center is also available for instructor tours.  For more about the Center see: http://www.metromodemedia.com/devnews/sterlingheightsgeneraldynamics0183.aspx



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 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 though this time frame is open to negotiation. This facility is also available for instructor tours and in-service workshops. Contact Terri Coppens at terri.coppens@stahls.com or 586-749-1078 to schedule a tour. For more information about the Stahl Museum see http://stahlsauto.com/.


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

The Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills is Nissan’s main campus for Research & Development (R&D) in North America.  This 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 with an insight into the R&D process required to design, build, and test vehicles. Tours are conducted on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm and are limited to 20 students.  To schedule a tour, please contact Sara Taggart directly at sara.taggart@nissan-usa.com or call her at 1-248-488-4690.  She, in turn, will provide a tour application and schedule the tour. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.  For additional information about NTCNA see http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/channels/facilities-nissan-technical-center-north-america/photos.



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. This facility 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. FANUC America offers the most complete range of industry-leading products and services for robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation solutions.

High school and community college student tours will begin in late November, 2017. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will last approximately 2 hours. They will be usually conducted between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.  More information on student tours will be made available at the instructor seminar and as the school year progresses. Student tours can be scheduled by contacting clara.benson@fanucamerica.com . For more information on FANUC North American see: http://www.fanucamerica.com/



The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Detroit, MI 48202

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was the first factory built by Ford Motor Company and is the birthplace of the Ford Model T, the car that changed the world. Today, it's a National Historic Landmark where visitors can walk the plank floors worn smooth by hundreds of workers and thousands of cars produced and learn about Detroit's early automobile industry. The guided tour starts with an orientation and tour of the facility followed by a description of each automobile housed at the plant, its history, its innovations and the place it played in the evolution of the automobile in America.

Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to a group of 30 students and last approximately 90 minutes. A video is available on-line to prepare students for what they will experience at this facility. Tours can be scheduled by contacting Sara Schultz at (313)872-8759 extension 2 or at sara.schultzy@gmail.com. For more information about the Piquette Avenue Plant see: www.fordpiquetteavenueplant.org/



The General Motors Heritage Center, Sterling Heights, MI 48312

The General Motors Heritage Center offers exhibits of over 150 vehicles and archives containing historic documents and artifacts.  The vehicles demonstrate a history of automotive design and technical innovation. The Heritage Center will be open on Wednesday, November 29th, for three staggered school tours of 30 students each. One school each from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties will be given preference. Tours will be offered that day starting at 10:30, 11:00 and 11:30 am.  The tour begins with a short orientation followed by a self-guided walking tour, lasting about 90 minutes. Interested schools may contact Jim Varty at jimvarty@aol.com or call (248) 227-3432 to schedule a tour.  For more about the GM Heritage Center see:https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/index.html



 Siemens Engineering


Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years.   They are also the sponsor of the Manufacturing in America (MiA), planned for March 14-15, 2018, in Detroit Michigan. MiA offers exhibits, seminars, and thought leadership events for advancing the future of manufacturing.  MiA is a two-day event and specific activities for students are planned. To participate in MiA instructors should contact Eric Kaczor at (248)712-8708 or at eric.kaczor@siemens.com.  For additional information on Siemens see: https://www.siemens.com/global/en/home.html

For information on the 2018 Manufacturing in America session see: http://attendmia.com/

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