On Friday, September 15th, the UT Reliability & Maintainability Center (RMC) took over sixty Tickle College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff to tour Amazon’s Distribution Center (CHA1) in Chattanooga, TN. Attendees were given a first-hand look at how orders are accepted, fulfilled, and shipped, as well as how inventory is stored and managed at the site. Participants agreed that it was fascinating to see the working facility of a service that so many of us use on a regular basis. Most were surprised to find that inventory is arranged randomly, based on space available, with each item’s precise location captured through bar-code technology.
The RMC would like to thank Kym Chavez, Amazon Program Manager – Technical Training and Development for North American Reliability & Maintenance Engineering, for arranging the tour. A special thanks also goes to the Operations Team at CHA1: Heather Boles, Chris Scanlon, and Brad Allen, as well as the CHA1 Reliability & Maintainability Engineering Team: Tom Wintz, Mike Freeman and Jesse Bratcher, for guiding the tours and answering questions.
Amazon will be hiring 5+ reliability interns for Summer 2018, through the RMC program. If you would like to be considered for these or other RME positions, please contact Kim Kallstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org.