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Students visit Whirlpool in Amana

By Juana Jones
On October 31, 2017

Kirkwood Advanced Engineering and Robotic Technologies students arrive at the Amana Whirlpool facility for a tour on Oct. 6. Photo by Juana Jones.

On Oct. 6, Kirkwood Community College students toured the Whirlpool factory in Amana for National Manufacturing Day.

The students were accompanied by Instructors Bobby Wade and Austin Chapman. Upon arrival, students and instructors were provided with proper safety gear needed to travel through the factory and given details about the company.

The Amana factory was founded in 1934 and is one of nine Whirlpool plants in the United States. Following the greeting the students were led through three sessions including a hands-on training seminar, a small career fair and a tour of the facility.

In the training seminar the students were led through the process required by all incoming employees. Then at the end the students were offered the chance to try one of the processes in which six students took the opportunity and had some success with it.

The career fair session involved five stands and each one exhibited a small aspect of the jobs available at Whirlpool ranging from robotics to product design and testing.

Then in the final seminar the students were led through the main parts of the factory such as the storage, inspection, and installment areas.

Students were also shown the areas in which they have installed robots that are safe to operate alongside humans.

Upon completion of the sessions the students were provided with more information about jobs at the factory. Some of those de- tails included that they hire mass amounts of people at a starting salary of $15 an hour or more for specialty areas.

They also listed work requirements such as being 18 years old and needing a high school diploma or equivalent.

After the tour, Aaron Warner, freshman in the Advanced Manufacturing and Robotic Technology program, said, “I gained an understanding of robots use in a factory settings.” 

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