... those were the two highlights of a full-day excursion for CDTF students to North Hesse and Southeast Westphalia during the non-lecture period. The group, headed by Dr. Josef Noeke, visited two assembly lines in the pressing plant and gear manufacturing at the Volkswagen plant in Kassel, one of the larger production locations of the VW corporation in Europe. The numerous KUKA robots employed in cold and warm forming of sheet metal to generate various components for a number of different VW vehicle types were particularly impressive. In the assembly of dual-clutch transmissions, the CDTF students met significantly more human workers. The individual transmission parts were introduced by Mr. Meier, the competent operating manager; he also explained their modus operandi using modells. Time and again students recognized points of reference from their mechanical engineering courses such as material science, production engineering or mechatronics. Following these practical insights, Andrea Patrick of the HR department at VW Kassel explained how to get an industrial internship at VW. An industrial internship in Kassel of at least 12 weeks is of great interest for a number of students, not only because it is a mandatory part of their study program in Paderborn, but also because an industrial internship at a German VW location will positively affect a future job at the Volkswagen Group China. The students learned that a flawless and complete application has to be submitted to the company at least 3 months prior to the start of the internship.
The return trip to Paderborn was interrupted by a tour of the Hanseatic city of Warburg. Beneath a clear blue sky and lots of sunshine, city guide Ms. Schäfer showed the interesting places in the medieval centers of the historic district and the new town to the students.