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Life as a Unit Axle Maintenance Technician

Work in an environment with real autonomy

Like every shop at Nissan, Maintenance Technicians working in Unit Axle are actively encouraged to put their ideas forward for new, faster, and better ways of doing things to improve our processes. It’s this spirit of continuous improvement that ensures there’s always a new piece of equipment to learn and no two days are the same.

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Automatic & Manual Processes

Weld lines in this shop build suspension parts for Qashqai, Juke and LEAF. These are subject to several manual and automatic processes, including robotic MIG welding, automatic dipping and a series of tanks that provide cleaning, etching, rust protection and a final paint coating which is then cured in an oven. 

This multi-stage process requires a number of manual skills that support our balance between automation and our highly skilled team.


Axle Shop Maintenance Technician

“It’s so exciting to work on new equipment all the time – there’s always something new to learn so it never gets boring.”

For Jason, there’s nothing more exciting than getting to work with the latest advances in automation technology such as Siemens TIA portals and receiving cutting-edge training in Mazak equipment. He enjoys the sense of achievement he gets from learning how to use a new piece of tech – especially when it improves how he does his job.

Our Process in Battery Assembly MaintenanceaOur Process in Unit Axle

Weld lines are loaded via operator and welded autonomously by FANUC robots
AGV transportation moves parts from weld lines to the check and repair stations
Quality inspection and part processing are carried out by operators
ED paint line – parts go through an ED dip process made up of 13 separate tanks before being cured via a set of conveyors through an oven
Parts go through bushing facilities before being shipped to Trim & Chassis

Key facts

FY21 shop output of 400,000 – with a record output of over 1 million

9 separate weld lines, including tact stations to full seam stations

Suspension variants processed by 6 x 120 robots

Key Skills in Unit Axle

  • Siemens TIA & S7 PLC control systems
  • Robotics (FANUC) 
  • Paint processes 
  • Inverter drives & controls
  • Conveyor drives (mechanical)
  • Safety systems (PILZ & SICK)
  • AGVs
  • CNC machines
  • Electrical testing & repair

Our Facilities in Unit Axle

  • 13 tank ED dip process
  • Paint curing oven
  • Automated conveyor systems
  • AGVs
  • Weld lines
  • Robot handling areas
  • Extraction units
  • CNC machinery
  • Promess bushing facilities
  • Automated printer facility
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