Student Name: Sneha
It‚Äôs¬ not possible to get a chance to visit a car manufacturing factory every day.¬†Last month, under the guidance of the Program Manager of the English Language Institute at UCSC-Extension, we visited the factory of TESLA which manufactures electric cars. This visit and tour helped me to realize that I am now living in the center of new technologies.¬† The aim of TESLA is to build affordable and¬†zero emission electric powered cars and transform energy consumption.¬†On our arrival at the factory, we were warmly greeted by a special welcome team and provided with a delicious breakfast. I was very excited when we entered the auditorium as the latest model 3 TESLA cars were being exhibited. One employee, who was an expert in the design of car¬†batteries, gave us introductory speech, introduced the different models, and described some of the basic design concepts.
After the introductions, presentations, and breakfast was complete, our group entered the factory.¬† However before starting our factory tour, one of the team members took us through the rules and regulations of the tour including important¬†information such as the fact that photos and videos¬†were not permitted.¬†Finally, we embarked on a tour inside the factory and showed each section¬†of the factory.¬
The factory in Fremont, California, is quite large.¬† I observed many types of machinery,¬†raw materials, and accessories which I had never seen before. Around 10,000 workers were spread throughout the factory. For my first time, I was surprised to see robots. It was an awesome experience to see how robots work together¬†with humans! It is impossible to describe the integration of machines with workers.¬†¬†Suffice to say, it took my breath away!! The gigantic robots were assembling, moving, and lifting the cars.¬
We learned that all cars are connected and that the company collects continuous data and also monitors each car. As a data¬†base¬†analyst, I was curious to know where the company saves and manages these huge amounts of data, but this was not covered in the tour.
After visiting the factory, we were served a delicious lunch. The interior of a dining¬†hall was very beautiful and professional.¬† After lunch, we had a Q&A section with the head designer Franz.¬† At the end of the day, we were all given a gift which was original design prints.
It was¬†an amazing¬†experience which went beyond my expectations!! ¬†I realized that we all can contribute our efforts to conserve the environment by driving emission free cars.