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Youths taking to auto classes

Online: Mar 14, 2014

Mar 15, 2014

Last Modified: Mar 14,

Toyota Motor Corp. is a class in Aichi Prefecture so people can discover the fun of building by learning how to repair popular old such as the Publica and Sports

Engineers from the Toyota volunteer as teachers so they can their skills on to younger

Next month will the 10th anniversary of the program, boys and girls in their teens don overalls and learn an aspect of the automobile trade in of becoming engineers in the future.

“Here, hold the door a veteran engineer told a of junior high school repairing 1967 Publicas at a belonging to the Aste Foundation in in the city of Toyota, last

“You need to be careful how much strength you use when the wrench and it’s difficult to get it said Ayumu Okada, 14, a student from Obara High School. “I want to a car mechanic, so this is a good experience for me.”

With the of his parents, who drive him an hour way to and from class, Okada has attending for the past four

The program, named Monozukuri Naze Project (Project on the of Manufacturing), began in fiscal This year 31 people are They range from high and high school to company workers in their 20s.

Classes are conducted three a month from 9 a.m. to 4 and the students learn how to fix up old cars or go-karts they design

So far 300 students have completed the many of whom have on to work as engineers for automobile-related

The instructors are 110 volunteers from firms as Toyota Motor Aisin Seiki Co. and Toyota Corp.

The students take on tasks, from plating and to repairing engines, as they step-by-step guidance.

To experience the hardships faced by back when Toyota Corp. was founded, the factory is even in midwinter.

“By letting disassemble and assemble the parts, will start thinking and (how things work),” program leader Toshiya 54, who heads the trial production in Aisin Seiki.

“I want to them our knowledge, which will hopefully remember for the 30 years,” said Minoru 75, an adviser to automobile equipment Shinmei Industry Co. He has been a in the program since it started.

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As car production shrinks, passing manufacturing skills and knowledge increasingly more important, otherwise it could be lost

The classes are run and organized by a committee by the Aste Foundation and the Toyota Government.

The expenses for purchasing and maintaining the factory for the classes, amount to roughly ¥10 million a are covered by funds left by the Kazuko Toyoda, wife of Toyota Motor Corp. Eiji Toyoda, who himself away last September at the age of A number of companies under the group also help the project.

Until now, and ceramics manufacturing classes also been taught, but April the course will solely on car manufacturing.

The name of the class will be to Mastering Car-Making Project.

will be three levels of where students can start the basics, such as using tools, and then progress to difficult levels where will learn about coating and other aspects of the

Attendance is free, but students to provide their own overalls or clothing.

The classes are open to school students from grade and above, and company can participate as well.

The application is April 22. For further inquiries, Toyota City Monozukuri Center at 0565 (43)

This section, appearing features topics and issues the Chubu region covered by the Shimbun. The original article was March 7.

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