P-TECH Academy BorgWarner Tour
Students from the TST BOCES P-TECH Academy visited the BorgWarner manufacturing plant in Ithaca.
The trip began with an introduction from Daniel Wallace, the Manufacturing Engineering Manager. He explained the variety of automotive parts that are built in the facility and which companies use their products, including Subaru, a new client. Wallace also described the kinds of jobs relevant to the P-TECH curriculum that are available at BorgWarner including: engineers, technicians, information technology specialists, programmers, electricians, mechanics and more.
Students then toured the floor in small groups led by BorgWarner engineers. The tour included the different product assembly lines and product testing stations. The BorgWarner manufacturing floor makes extensive use of advanced robotics to improve both productivity and safety for their workers. They have begun using a new type of “collaborative robot” that can safely work side by side with human workers by sensing when someone is nearby and stopping automatically if it is touched.
After the tours, students participated in a question and answer session with Wallace and the engineers, asking questions about the company’s hiring practices, training process and the clients who use BorgWarner’s products.
One of the engineers then gave the students a tutorial in programming a collaborative robot. Two students had the opportunity to go hands-on with the robotic arm, programming its movement.
“BorgWarner is very proud of the technology that we use in our operations here in Ithaca and our employees love to show off our technology,” Daniel Wallace said. “As a partner business with P-TECH, which focuses on technology in its curriculum, hosting the students and staff for a tour is a logical commitment of support. Personally, for me, it is really enjoyable to see the excitement from the students when they walk out onto our production floor and they see the technology being applied in a live setting. Supporting the community is one of our core beliefs at BorgWarner and hosting the students for this visit is just a small part of our commitment to being a partner business with P-TECH academy.”