Subaru of Indiana Automotive Receives Brand New Technical Training Center



Subaru of Indiana Automotive along with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and workforce development partners celebrated the grand opening of Subaru’s new Technical Training Center on Friday December 13, 2019. The $4.2 million investment includes a 20,000-square-foot facility on the company’s campus. It’s not only twice as large as the previous technical training center, but will also generate its own solar energy. 


“This facility marks a big, exciting step in the evolution of how we will educate our workforce for lifelong careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Scott Brand, senior vice president of administration and quality at SIA. “In fact, it will revolutionize the way we train our current and future production associates.”


Subaru’s new training facility includes a simulated factory floor of 7,000 square feet and includes training robots, assembly line simulators, a car lift, a forklift, hands-on working space for the Advanced Internship in Manufacturing (AIM) program. The brand-new facility will also include nine classrooms, two work simulation rooms, and a larger computer lab. The nine classrooms will include some with laboratory-style layouts for maintenance training in electricity, hydraulics, machine set-up and pneumatics.


“Training has always been a cornerstone of our quality strategy,” said Brand. “Whether it’s primary job skills, enhancing effectiveness through refresher courses, or providing access to college-level courses and degrees, we’re committed to helping our associates grow.”


Subaru of Indiana Automotive has also developed programs with several workforce development partners including Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Vincennes University, and Ivy Tech Community College.


“Through collaborative efforts, we have made higher education a reality for many associates who would otherwise not have the opportunity,” said Brand. “By improving the abilities of our associates, they will be ready to assume the technical and leadership roles we have, both now and in the future.”


Over the past three decades, Subaru of Indiana Automotive has been the first U.S. auto plant to achieve many environmentally-friendly milestones. Now Subaru of Indiana Automotive is adding solar energy to the list. The Technical Training Center features a rooftop with 364 solar panels that will provide more than half the power needed to operate the facility and will help reduce carbon emissions by 47%. Subaru of Indiana Automotive is the only manufacturing facility outside Japan and currently makes the Subaru Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, and Outback for North America.


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