A group of 43 undergraduate students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering took a journey to Taiwan for a 6-day study tour from 16 to 21 June 2013.
The objective of the study tour is to provide opportunities for the students to see at first-hand the key steps in design and engineering activities of some world leading brands by paying visits to their manufacturing plants or offices. In addition, it aims to broaden students’ horizons and international perspectives.
The Department has arranged a wide variety of visits for students to learn out of the classroom. The visit to Da-Yeh University provided students an opportunity to exchange ideas and experience with local students on industrial design and mechanical engineering. Students visited The Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC) and The Aerospace Industrial and Development Corporation (AIDC) where they experienced how researches and industrial technology can be integrated in order to produce new transportation vehicles and to develop aircraft with testing and verification.
Students learnt about different advanced machining processes during the visit to Victor Taichung Machinery Works Co., Ltd., while Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies, Ltd. (APFCT) introduced how the sustainable technology of hydrogen fuel cells contributed to a cleaner environment and a higher utilization efficiency of earth’s resources. Through the visit to The Wind and Nuclear power Stations in Taipei, students had a better understanding on renewable energy production. Seminar and visit tour to various laboratories and departments of the worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor ASUS were also arranged.
The study tour was a fruitful and enjoyable experience for students. The interactive activities during visits to organizations and plants in different nature provided students an excellent learning experience in both their mechanical engineering and product design studies.