Happy Thursday! We’re back again with more blog entries from the students who participated in the High School Manufacturing Academies! Today we have Keegan Klower and Matthew Curry. Their journals express their personal experiences and are written by them. First up, we have Keegan Kloewer:
My name is Keegan Kloewer and I am a senior at Spencer High School. I was assigned to Milford Polaris side by side plant for two weeks. I was taught many different things, including a hands-on experience. The first week was very short with all of our early outs and snow days, including the terminology. The main focus that we were taught was on Kaizen, standard work, yamazumi charts, and spaghetti diagrams. Then we proceeded to get out of the classroom and put all we learned on the assembly line. My group was assigned to a sub-assembly area and we used what we learned to improve the area. We then made a presentation on our work. After making and finalizing our improvements and presentation my group presented to the other Polaris leads and teachers from all our schools.
This experience was really fun. I learned a lot and really got to see all the work that goes into a factory. Everyone at Polaris is really nice and wiling to help and go the extra mile. I enjoyed everything about it and would recommend it to underclassmen. A couple things that surprised me about this industry was that it was very clean. Everyone is pretty well organized. I was also surprised on how fast Polaris can produce their product. All in all, it was a great experience and I can’t thank everyone at Polaris enough.
My name is Matt Curry and I attend Spencer High School. Today was our first day on the line and we observed the operators put together their parts at their station. We took notes and asked the operators what improvements we could make or how we could help make the job easier. Then we drew the layout of the floor and got measurements so we could make more room for the stations.
Thanks, Keegan and Matthew, for giving us a peak into the High School Manufacturing Academies! Have questions about the academies? Contact the Iowa Lakes Corridor at email@example.com.
See you next week!
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