ProSkill Inter-university Field Trip to Slovakia

The ProSkill Inter-University Field Trip 2022 was hosted by the Slovak University of Technology of Bratislava, in the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava. The trip was organised from 7 to 9 September 2022 and students and teachers for the ProSkill partner universities participated.

Participants of the ProSkill Inter-University Field Trip 2022 in Slovakia

Trnava is the oldest royal city in Slovakia with beautiful architecture and the largest preserved city fortification in central Europe. During the 3-day program, 80 students and 8 lecturers for the ProSkill partners universities had the opportunity to meet together and participate in factory and laboratory visits, workshops and social activities.

After the official registration and welcome dinner on the first day, the attendees took part in a sightseeing tour in the historic centre of Trnava.

The program of the second day focused on visiting a factory: Schaeffler Slovakia in Skalica. The visit included workshops and direct access to the production facilities of one of the biggest employers in Slovakia. Schaeffler Skalica presented its innovative technologies and products related to electromobility, industry 4.0, digitalisation, and renewable energies. All of them lead to a more efficient, smart and sustainable motion and mobility. The workshop was followed by a Q&A session. After this, the students and lecturers visited the production’s most attractive spots for 3D printing, robotics, production automation, environmental engineering, grinding, honing and assembly or milling and turning. The day in the factory was finalised with a quiz for the students and lecturers and a social activity.

Students visiting the factory Schaeffler in Skalica

On the last day of the trip, the students and lecturers attended the workshops dedicated to 3D digitalisation and 3D printing. In addition, they visited the Centre of Excellence of 5-Axis Machining in the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava, where the dedicated lecturers and scientists presented their laboratory equipment and had short workshops with the students on 3D digitalisation, electron and laser beam welding, additive manufacturing, 5-axis machining tools, production facilities and systems or virtual reality.

Students participating in the ProSkill Inter-University Field Trip in Trnava were grateful for the interesting, inspirational and educational program. The organiser, the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava, thanks all attendees for their cooperation. In addition, they thank Schaeffler Skalica for enabling the visit to their production facilities.

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