Audi engineers never stop learning, thanks to a professional course of training put together with professors from the Technical University of Ingolstadt (THI). This course is tailored to the company’s needs, and alternates with phases of classroom teaching and self-learning over a three-month period.
Modules such as ‘Electrical Machines and Power Electronics’ and ‘Concepts for Electrified Vehicles and Energy Storage’ aim to speed up development of electric Audi models, with the first participants from the Powertrain Development department due to finish their extended training in January 2017.
‘We are working hard to accelerate the electrification of the Audi fleet,’ says Oliver Hoffmann, Head of Powertrain Development at AUDI AG. ‘That’s why we need experienced employees with the best qualifications to support this transformation.’
The project will work continually with each of the different technical departments, allowing employees to gain training and qualifications in the areas that are likely to be important to automotive development in the future. This will ensure that Audi stays ahead of the curve and continues to produce truly innovative and cutting-edge technology.
‘The automotive industry is in a phase of transformation,’ explains Thomas Sigi, Board of Management member for Human Resources at AUDI AG. ‘With regard to strategic personal planning, new expertise in the innovative areas of electrification, urbanisation and digitisation are now more important than ever before. That’s why we are increasingly prioritising cooperation with the worlds of science and education.’
These transformations can be seen in the development of Audi’s model range, particularly the Q7 e-tron; a powerful SUV with plug-in charging capabilities. Packed with state-of-the-art technology and outstanding hybrid efficiency, the Q7 e-tron is the embodiment of what this project hopes to accomplish. Have a look at Audi’s e-tron range at Jardine Motors Audi to see the future of automobiles for yourself.
If the project is successful, similar programmes will run across the entire company, beginning a new kind of working and learning environment.