At Ford Motor Company, our Manufacturing team is at the heart of the business, ensuring our plants and facilities around the world produce vehicles and engines that are green, safe, smart and best in class. The Manufacturing team is responsible for designing, installing, testing and then running the production facilities that are used to manufacture our engines and vehicles. The scope of work undertaken enables Manufacturing to offer a huge variety of challenges and experiences to our team members and the opportunity for rewarding career development. Ford Motor Company offer a variety of Manufacturing experiences in our plant and engineering locations. Some of the areas that make up Manufacturing are listed below.
Powertrain Operations – Manufacturing Engineering and Plants
Power Train Operations Manufacturing Engineering (PTOME) is responsible for ensuring that Ford’s engine plants are provided with the best facilities to manufacture our world class powertrains. Processes and facilities are developed, tested and then installed for the machining and assembly of petrol and diesel engines. The Powertrain Plants are based in a variety of locations across Europe and are responsible for producing engines in high volume for commercial and passenger vehicles, which are then distributed globally.
Vehicle Operations – Manufacturing Engineering, Assembly, Stamping and Plants
Vehicle Operations Manufacturing Engineering (VOME) is responsible for ensuring that Ford’s vehicle plants are equipped to make vehicles in its facilities across Europe. Processes and facilities are developed, tested and then installed for the assembly of vehicles. The Vehicle Operations Plants are based in a variety of locations across Europe and are responsible producing vehicles in high volume for both commercial and passenger applications.
Material Planning and Logistics
The role of Material Planning and Logistics (MP&L) is to optimise the total global supply chain through the synchronous flow of information and material and the co-ordination of the overall production process.
The responsibilities of MP&L are wide-ranging with our teams involved in the earliest planning phases of exciting new products to the final delivery of these products as assembled vehicles to the dealers. MP&L also offers high levels of interaction with other functions within Ford Motor Company, (including Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing, Purchasing and Finance) both in Europe and worldwide. There is also the possibility of external interaction with the dealer network and suppliers. This breadth of scope enables MP&L to offer a huge variety of challenges and experiences to our team members and the opportunity for rewarding career development.
New Model Launch (Vehicle and Powertrain)
The New Model Launch Teams for both Vehicle and Powertrain have the responsibility for ensuring that any new major vehicle, engine or transmission program launched within Ford of Europe is on time, on cost and most importantly, has the levels of quality that our customers expect. The department leads the new model program teams through various vehicle and powertrain operations studies and support the various Global Product Development System milestone events. This includes study co-ordination, financial tracking and program support and involves interaction with a number of other functions.
As the launch ‘hub’ between the Manufacturing, Product Development, Quality and Purchasing activities our focus is to provide the leadership and guidance to ensure the successful integration of the manufacturing, quality control and product development processes both pre-launch and post launch to achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Manufacturing, Production and Process Engineering
The roles of the production engineering teams are to support the plant and production areas with processes and controls that will aid and assist the assembly of vehicles, components and press stampings. The in plant engineering team implements engineering changes to designs or products that have changed post vehicle launch. The second part of the manufacturing engineering role is to make sure all plant and equipment is performing and operating at optimum levels in terms of quality and delivery, this is achieved by designing robust planned maintenance schedules and cascading these to the shop floor technicians.
If you are looking for a career that will offer you a wide range of exciting and challenging opportunities then Manufacturing is the function for you. Please take the opportunity to read the profiles of recent hires to find out more.