As a Tauber student, I get exposed much more of an engineering base than most Ross Business students. Tauber is able to expose us early on to the fundamental strategy and operations concepts that successful business need. And when these concepts are then introduced in standard business classes, we are able to apply them more thoroughly and with better understanding than those who have not had the exposure. Not only do we learn about supply chain and operation concepts in classes specifically designed for the integration of business and engineering, but we get to go out to the real world and take tours of real life manufacturing and distribution facilities so we can see them in use. This semester alone, I’ve been able to attend four facilities including the Meijer distribution facility, Thetford, Uti, and Astreaus. Each of these facilities has provided a new perspective on the subject matter we learn in class. Below are some of the pictures of the tours we’ve taken.
Meijer. Product travels on rollers throughout the facility. It's mostly automated with computers.
Uti uses markers on all their product to help workers know what the status of each of the shipment is.
Astreaus manufactures parts for wind turbines for power generation. This is a picture of a hub. The fins fit into each of those huge holes. They're huge!