Friday we were up bright and early for our big day! I say our, but really for everyone who would go through the training and actually install a piece of the car…little did I know it would be a big day for me too…you’ll see. Manuel and I drove our S60 to the factory, about 45 minutes inland. Once there, Manuel began his safety training and a very fun team building exercise using marshmallows - watch the video below to see what I mean. Then we were taken to another training exercise where Volvo employees work on wooden car models before getting to touch the real thing. This section helps by letting problems arise and seeing how they can be fixed so they do not happen again. Employees are encouraged to ask for help, as quality and safety trump anything in this industry. Once they all got a taste for what working on the line feels like, we went onto the actual, live, production floor. There are three main buildings on the Volvo campus: A - this is where the bodies of the car are welded together, B - this is where the frame is painted, and C - this is called final assembly where everything is put into the frame...cables, engine, sunroof, front console, seats, doors, etc. The cool thing is that through this entire process the car never sees daylight until it rolls off the line at the end.
Manuel was set to report to the sunroof station, he would be installing his very own sunroof on an actual S60...with supervision of course! He was so excited to be able to put his sunroof in, which he did without flaw and all green lights from the machine! Remember when I said it would also be a big day for me? Well, now is that time...I got the chance to sit inside a raw frame of an S60 to get a unique angle of the sunroof coming through where the windshield would later be installed.