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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 Saturdays a month from 9 to 4 p.m. and the students learn how to fix up old or build go-karts they themselves.

So far 300 students have the program, many of whom gone on to work as engineers for manufacturers.

The instructors are 110 volunteers such firms as Toyota Corp. Aisin Seiki Co. and Boshoku Corp.

The students take on real from plating and coating to engines, as they receive guidance.

To experience the hardships by employees back when Motor Corp. was founded, the is unheated, even in midwinter.

“By students disassemble and assemble the they will start and questioning (how things said program leader Shinoda, 54, who heads the trial factory in Aisin Seiki.

“I to pass them our knowledge, they will hopefully for the next 30 years,” said Ishikawa, 75, an adviser to automobile maker Shinmei Industry Co. He has a volunteer in the program since it

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As domestic car production shrinks, down manufacturing skills and becomes increasingly more because otherwise it could be forever.

The classes are run and organized by a created by the Aste Foundation and the Municipal Government.

The expenses for parts and maintaining the factory for the which amount to roughly ¥10 a year, are covered by funds by the late Kazuko Toyoda, of former Toyota Motor President Eiji Toyoda, who passed away last at the age of 100. A number of companies the Toyota group also with the project.


Until now, textiles and manufacturing classes have been taught, but from the course will focus on car manufacturing.

The name of the class be changed to Mastering Car-Making

There will be three of classes where students can with the basics, such as various tools, and then to more difficult levels they will learn plating, coating and other of the trade.

Attendance is free, but have to provide their own or protective clothing.

The classes are to elementary school students fifth grade and above, and workers can participate as well.

The application deadline is April 22. For inquiries, call Toyota Monozukuri Support Center at (43) 3456.

This appearing Saturdays, features and issues from the Chubu covered by the Chunichi Shimbun. The article was published March 7.

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