GEORGETOWN, Ky. – On Wednesday, July 2, Georgetown College welcomes to its campus 36 Governor’s Scholars who are participating in the annual Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc (TMMK) program for students interested in quality and environmental engineering. These Governor’s Scholars engineering students are based at Bellarmine University but share GC facilities for one day each summer as part of the TMMK program.

Upon arrival in Georgetown, students first have the opportunity to tour TMMK where the Toyota Avalon, Camry and Venza automobiles are manufactured. They then come to the GC campus where, following lunch, an engineering challenge associated with auto production is presented to them.

The case study is for students to identify the root cause and countermeasure an increase in Andon (production stoppage) pulls by team members and excessive Muda (waste) from urethane adhesive ‘bead width’ problems. These challenges range from too narrow beads of urethane being applied to vehicles, causing windshield replacement rework on vehicles, to an excessively wide urethane bead being applied to vehicles, requiring team members to clean/remove urethane from vehicles prior to shipping.

The team-building exercise gives engineering students five hours to conduct research utilizing Georgetown’s Ensor Learning Resource Center and develop a Toyota Business Practices (TBP) report summarizing the challenge and offering ideas for a solution in a ten-minute presentation to senior TMMK engineers. The students make their presentations following a dinner. (Note: The case study comes from an actual problem that has long since been solved by Toyota engineers but gives students an introduction to a real-world issue.)

This year, Governor’s Scholars engineering students represent schools in 27 Kentucky counties: Ballard, Barren, Boyle, Christian, Fayette, Greenup, Jefferson, Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lyon, Madison, Magoffin, McCreary, Marion, Mercer, Menifee, Monroe, Nelson, Oldham, Pike, Pulaski, Rowan, Shelby, Todd, Trimble and Warren.

Established in 1983, the Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The Program’s mission is to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders.