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18Th March 2021

Technologies of the future. What will you experience as a trainee?

Virtual reality in which you test the car's functions or directly design innovative equipment for the production line. As a trainee at ŠKODA AUTO, you can try out technologies that are indispensable to today’s carmakers. See who will guide you and what projects you can work on.

 

Find out how the architecture of the server is changing

The production line consists of up to three hundred industrial computers. They are used for communicating with the car and can even put it into operation. The servers running these computers control the complete production on the line. As a trainee in the car electronics planning department, you will learn how to change the architecture of such a server – the so-called universal test system (UPS) architecture.

For example, you will document the future status of servers. This will make it easier for you to learn how the whole architecture works and understand the context. You will also try working with modern tools for agile project management, such as JIRA or Wiki.

Jan Viták

Jan Viták

Car Electronics Planning Coordinator

“Changing the architecture of the UPS system is a very complex project that requires the participation of the ŠKODA IT department or car production management. We gradually try to give our Tech Trainees an idea of how this complex system operates, to give them a complete overview of how the cars are put into operation via servers and equipment on the line.”
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What is the Tech Trainee Program?

It’s a unique opportunity to get to know ŠKODA AUTO from all sides. The Tech Trainee Program lasts a year and is designed for graduates of technical universities who will be able to try working at various company departments, from Development to Production. They always work under the guidance of an experienced mentor and after completing the program usually take up a specific position. This is what the perfect start to a career looks like!

You can shape the car's electronics

One car, 110 control units, 300 functions. Ideally, all of this has to be flawlessly developed and tested. Only then can the driver switch the radio by voice, change the colour of ambient lighting in the interior or rely on predictive adaptive cruise control. Today, many other IT systems are closely linked to the car, which is something you will also become acquainted with as a trainee at ŠKODA AUTO.

Digitization and smart car electronics are now a major topic in production – for example, the development of robotic calibration for augmented reality head-up displays in the new ENYAQ is in full swing. For this groundbreaking model for ŠKODA AUTO, our experts are also looking for ways to produce and put all systems into operation as efficiently as possible. The platform for the new electric SUV is completely different from the previous models. Therefore, the entire production process must be tuned. Even this is something that trainees can help with.

Tomáš Dlabaja

Tomáš Dlabaja

Vehicle Electronics Coordinator

“We need a fresh perspective and innovative ideas. In return, you can constantly learn new things from us. Every day brings new unexpected knowledge and information. When I was starting at ŠKODA, I saw the assembly line as a routine model of production. But I was wrong! Creating a smart factory that connects people, robots and data networks can be more interesting than designing a new car.”
Tomáš Dlabaja and his team also work on perfecting the car electronic systems.

You will try working with unique software

Let’s talk more about car electronics. If you choose a department that deals with its development, you will try working with specific diagnostic software – such as CP Tool and Odis. These are internal group programs that allow us to analyse specific electronic units in the car and reveal possible complications. For example, a light in the so-called virtual cockpit will indicate an error.

Ota Řehák

Ota Řehák

Bodywork Electronics Coordinator

“Rear lid control, air conditioning electronics, virtual pedal or development of the keyless KESSY system. The participant of the Trainee Program will get acquainted with all of this. But I always want the trainees to get to know other departments in development as well – only then can they understand not only the development of electricity and electronics works but also the entire technical development at ŠKODA AUTO. We always try to adapt the program so that it is entertaining for the trainees, but at the same time we delegate responsibility and specific roles in the projects on them.” 
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How do trainees rotate within the Automotive electrical and electronics development?

The trainee gets certain tasks planned for the rotation, such as the preparation of a test strategy, analysis of technical problems or the creation of outputs and presentations for the carmaker's management. In addition to these long-term activities, they deal with other topics in three-week blocks, always under the guidance of an experienced specialist. As a result, they see with their own eyes how units are developed and tested.

In virtual reality, you design equipment for a production line

Designing automated and robotic devices for car production in virtual reality? That would also be one of your tasks as a trainee at ŠKODA. You create the concept in programs such as CATIA and Process Simulate. In Catia, you design a specific piece of equipment which you then transfer to the virtual space using the Process Simulate tool. But the project does not end with mere 3D modelling. Trainees are also in contact with the manufacturer and help with putting a specific solution into operation on the production line.

So, as a participant in the Trainee Program, you don't just create ideas to put in a drawer. The assignment is always based on the actual requirements and the result is applied directly to the operation. One of the tasks you may be assigned is the development of an automated chassis installation. This is a complex technology, so you would be in charge of a partial task – for example, describing the rate of screwing down different car types and then visualising the whole process. You will also spend a lot of time in the field, which is a great opportunity for you to see the interaction between the virtual world and the reality of production.

Martin Duda

Martin Duda

Project Coordinator – Assembly Shop Plan

“Studying at a university is often based on theory, so we want trainees to verify the functionality of ideas in practice. The designed equipment must produce the car on the line. In the virtual world of 3D models, everything runs smoothly, but in reality, many problems are just not easily visible at first.”
Jan Chládek

Jan Chládek

Aggregate and Chassis Planning Coordinator

“Trainees complete the task in two to three months, but in reality, we have been working on the designs for two to three years. Now, we are trying to look ahead and prepare for the production of the cars of the future.”

You will also test the car in virtual reality

How to know that everything in the car is running as it should? You can test the car in virtual reality using simulators. As a trainee, you will learn to create various test scenarios in specialized workplaces. We say that you simulate a specific situation in virtual reality, which you then use to test the vehicle. For example, you can check assistance systems.

You will also be able to work with the so-called HiLs, workplaces for automated testing. You will learn how integration testing works on BreadBoards, electromagnetic compatibility testing, or planning test drives and trials.

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Glossary

  1. BreadBoard – static test site designed for communication test of control units, measuring idle consumption and manually performed integration tests
  2. HiL – static test site designed for automated testing of vehicle functions within integration tests
Petr Kadleček

Petr Kadleček

Development Worker, FAS Technology Simulation

“In our department, trainees will not only get acquainted with test stations, simulators or virtual reality in our department, but we also record the communication of data buses in the car. Cars have a so-called Datalogger where communication data is stored. Trainees can also test how the information obtained is transferred to the cloud and analysed.”

Oddělení test managementu a integračních testů

You can look into data logistics

Configure your dream car and order it straight away. From the customer's point of view, the whole process looks simple. But the opposite is true. To begin with assembly, ŠKODA AUTO must first secure all the necessary parts from all suppliers. However, these are not just common mechanical parts of the car. Many parts that perform electrical functions excel in their uniqueness – for example, a multifunctional camera, a virtual cockpit or a smartphone connection device. These car parts contain control units that are constantly, and the technical development department is constantly improving them and creates new versions. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor the dates when a new version of hardware and software is introduced.

The management of the hardware and software of these control units falls under the activities of the data logistics department called DL24. You can also try, for example, the Autlin system, in which it is always checked whether all parts are available and whether the car can be manufactured at all. If so, it is time for the Production42 system, which assigns the correct version of the control units to each part. However, production does not end with assembly. This is followed by a check that all installed units correspond to the original specification.

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The DL24 data logistics includes the processes for planning the production of individual models and managing the data from control units –it, therefore, plays a crucial role in shaping the car's electronics.

Matúš Varjan

Matúš Varjan

Product Launch Coordinator MB

“Participants in the Trainee Program will be involved in the development of innovations in our country, but they will also be involved in the preparation of documents for the ŠKODA Academy, an educational institution for employees. Cooperation with our trainees is mutually beneficial. They are clever young people who want to learn new things. They can immediately understand the problem, analyse it and find a solution. And that's very inspiring.”

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