Company: American Axle Manufacturing
As a leading Tier One global automotive supplier, AAM delivers driveline and drivetrain systems and components around the
world. Founded in 1994, the company has over 10,000 employees and achieved a revenue of $2.6 Billion in 2011. www.aam.com
Major Products: Driveline and drivetrain systems and components (Gears, Axles and Drivetrains, Electronic Components, Development of leading-edge products and systems. As a systems integrator, we work closely with our customers to make sure we always meet and exceed the need for innovation.)
Background: AAM Asia Headquarters & Engineering Center (AHQ), Shanghai, China: Implementation of a manufacturing engineering standard for machine tools that utilizes local components and meets AAM standards. Currently, AAM standards drive higher cost on machine tools because certain components are dictated to be used per specification. AAMsafety standards must be maintained, however, we must learn how to be flexible and use/leverage local talent and knowledge to manufacture machinery and equipment to reduce capital expenditures by at least 20% or more over conventional spending.
Major role of the intern: Request For Quote responses from suppliers validating their offer/pricing based on a formal bid specification utilizing this Asian standard equipment specification for common machine tools (lathes, mills, etc. to produce AAM specific product). It also desired that project cover the identification of the indirect material supply chain for maintenance, repair, and operations support of this equipment with respect to readily available associated spare parts in the local market.
Final Project Summary to support the cost justification/project return on investment, implementation plan, training plan, etc. The student will also present a summary of the project at AHQ at the end of their assignment and also include a recommendation for potential next steps to continue the “project relay”.
Project Importance: AAM is utilizing this process to develop an ongoing collaborative process between AAM and DCMME Center that provides a method for additional student skill sets to assist the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises. The experiential learning environment is provided to drive innovative ideas to solve real world problems with measurable results of six times the total program cost. AAM is looking for talented students with a sincere interest in manufacturing careers to advance product, process, and systems technology.
Capability required: Preferably students with expertise in Engineering or Technology backgrounds with prior experience in automotive or related industries utilizing machining processes for metal removal. Cross functional team skills in solving problems of a technical nature while also addressing cost reduction alternatives. Fluency in local language. Student must be authorized to work in China.
Resources to be provided: AAM will provide the student with a Project Liaison, use of an AAM laptop for business purposes only in order to access various AAM systems as appropriate based on Project Liaison’s guidance. There will be opportunities throughout the project for feedback as required utilizing Executive Summary style updates, timing plans, etc. provided from the student to the Project Liaison/Project Executive Sponsor to ensure success of the initiative. The student will be based out of AHQ with a workspace to accomplish the task.
Time frame: Summer 2013
To apply: Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “AAM Internship.”