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Engineering students tour Snyder’s-Lance factory

On February 12, members of Weddington’s engineering and robotics club visited the Snyder’s-Lance snack factory.

The students had the opportunity go on a tour of the plant, led by the project engineers of the systems used in the production of Lance crackers.

Snyder’s-Lance recently incorporated state-of-the-art robotic technology in the packaging department, significantly increasing the amount of product that can be packaged in a short amount of time. This system uses an assortment of robots that are able to pick up, sort, and box crackers quickly and efficiently.

Students learned about programming and engineering techniques used in the implementation of the robots. Many of the club members were surprised to learn about how many different fields of engineering are used to design and install innovative equipment.

Students also received advice from engineers at the plant. The Snyder’s-Lance engineers described the backgrounds and experience necessary to begin a career in engineering, and how students can be preparing today. 

They emphasized the importance of co-operative programs and internships plus mentioned that Snyder's-Lance has never hired a recent engineering graduate that has not previously worked in the field as an intern or co-op student in college.

The students were grateful to receive samples of snacks produced at the plant and were very appreciative of the Snyder’s-Lance employees that allowed the guests to have such an incredible, educational experience.

Written by: Kate Dickson, Engineering Club Secretary
Posted: Feb 20, 2015 by Anna Waldrup

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