In the first week of this academic year, SAVE had left Delft for its enlightening business tour. Together with 18 students, we have visited the country of beer, Merkel and vehicles! In four days, we have were welcomed by John Deere, Porsche and Daimler in Mannheim and Stuttgart. We would like to thank them for this great opportunity.
John Deere manufactures a wide range of products in agricultural, construction and forestry equipment, as well as diesel engines and powertrains. Its tractor plant in Mannheim is the largest outside of Northern America; with more than 6600 employees on its campus, including research and development for John Deere’s tractor models. During a special presentation and Q&A session, the company informed us about its systems engineering approach and all innovation that is taking place in the field – often more advanced than in the automotive industry: from self-driving tractors and platooning to internet-connected machines and the employment of drones!
Career opportunities can be found at the John Deere website.
The iconic sports cars brand from Stuttgart was visited by SAVE on Thursday. Famous because of its technological advancements and iconic designs, it is currently building the production line for its first fully electric “Porsche Taycan” vehicle. A special workshop was prepared for us, where students were asked to combine different engineering disciplines to design an automated parking and charging system in an electric vehicle. A challenging job that we really enjoyed. The day was concluded with a visit to the spectacular Porsche museum, featuring all important Porsche vehicles, important Porsche innovations and the possibility to listen to several Boxer engine sounds.
Porsche offers several internship, MSc. and PhD. thesis projects, see the Porsche Jobs & Career website here.
Friday, we had a warm welcome at Daimler. In the morning, the history of the brand was explained during an enlightening tour through the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Did you know that the company was founded by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, and that their DMG company merged with Karl Benz & Cie – the inventor of the automobile? Their cars were named Mercedes-Benz, in honour of the most important DMG model – that was build according to the specifications of dealer Emil Jellinek – and named after his daughter Mércédès. In the afternoon, we visited the very impressive Daimler plant in Sindelfingen where several E-Class, S-Class, AMG and Maybach vehicles are built. Additionally, we were informed about the career opportunities at Daimler and we got the chance to talk to a recent university graduate who is currently employed at their research and development department.
More information about careers at Daimler here.
The first SAVE Business Tour was a great success. Once more we would like to thank the people at John Deere, Porsche and Daimler for this opportunity and we look forward to further collaboration in the future.