A group of 30 undergraduate students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering took a journey to Taiwan for a 6-day study tour from 8 to 13 June 2014.
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. Students visited PGO Motive Power Industry Co., Ltd. (the manufacturer that won Taiwan Excellence Award for ten continuous years) and YULON Motors to understand the entire operation including design, manufacturing, quality assurance and R&D of high quality motor vehicles and automotive.
At Precision Machinery Research Development Centre, students were introduced with integrate electrical control, advanced optoelectronic technology and all kinds of instruments and tools for PC-controlled processing machinery, industrial machines and automation equipment.
During the tour, students had the chance to visit the Hsinchu Science Park which is one of the world's most significant and technologically advanced centers for computer semiconductor manufacturing and electronics innovation. More than 400 high-tech companies, mainly involved in the semiconductor, computer, telecommunication, and optoelectronics industries, have been established in the park since the end of December 2003. The visit to American Innovation Center provided students withthe latest information about innovation and the diverse cultures in the United States and 3D printing technologies.
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. Seminar and visit tour to various laboratories and departments of the worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor ASUS were arranged. The interflow activity with counterparts at the Da-Yeh University also provided students an opportunity to exchange ideas and experience with local students on industrial design and mechanical engineering.
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.