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FCA Opens New World Class Manufacturing Facility in Tipton, Indiana

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The WCM Academy: Where Work is Play

It is often suggested that if you love what you do, then work should feel like play. A more light-hearted environment can do wonders for productivity and motivation in the workplace.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles evidently believes that this is the case. Otherwise, it would not have opened up a new World Class Manufacturing facility in Tipton, Indiana.


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What exactly separates this training facility from others like it? World Class Manufacturing facilities utilize games and activities to teach workers vital skills and tactic.

The WCM Academy in Tipton employs a number of modified versions popular games to educate visiting workers. For example, a custom version of Jeopardy! covers a range of topics surrounding manufacturing concepts.

Jeopardy! isn’t the only game visiting workers can participate in. The WCM Academy even allows them to enjoy a round of Operation.

The most these workers have to worry about is Water on the Knee
Photo: Milton Bradley

The new World Class Manufacturing facility first opened up its doors on March 21st to FCA employees, members of the nearby community, and even the Indiana Secretary of Commerce. The 150 guests who attended the grand opening got to experience everything the facility had to offer firsthand.

Ultimately, the WCM Academy will help train the 8,200 FCA powertrain employees in the Tipton area. The curriculum for these workers was developed with help from Purdue University, Indiana University, and Ivy Tech Community College.


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The Tipton WCM location is not the first of its kind in Indiana. A second World Class Manufacturing training site in Kokomo, Indiana, places an emphasis on hard skills and techniques.

You can witness some of the activities put on by the WCM Academy in the video below:

Given the evidence, it looks to be a ton of fun. Truth be told, it would seem that FCA powertrain workers in Indiana have a pretty good setup as far as training on the job goes.