Fonterra: Integrated Work Systems: Lean Manufacturing principles with a focus on efficiency at Darnum (2021-22)

Integrated Work Systems: Lean Manufacturing principles with a focus on efficiency at Darnum (2021-22)

Date close:
Sunday, 5th September 2021

This project is proudly funded and supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation

Subject to restrictions: The project is based at Fonterra, Darnum Park Rd, Darnum VIC 3822, Students should be prepared to live in the region during the working week and accommodation will be organised and paid for near the factory. Please note that accommodation will be provided Mon-Sun however students may return to their usual place of residence on weekends if they wish to do so. Any travel back and forth to the accommodation will be at the students expense and must comply with any restrictions in place.
Description of the project:

Fonterra manufacturing sites across NZ & Australia operate under a lean manufacturing framework known as Integrated Work System (IWS) which is focused on improving manufacturing reliability, reducing costs and elevating productivity. Under this system there are 11 pillars with Autonomous Maintenance (AM) being a key pillar that drives loss improvement and gets site to base condition. IWS also looks at getting to zero loss. Multiple pillars are used to fulfil this aspiration. Focus Improvement (FI) pillar is used to complete minor projects that focus on waste elimination.
Fonterra is seeking a team of students to help run several projects using IWS tools as well as learn about general data gathering, trending and analysis in a manufacturing environment. 

Examples of projects that the students will be involved with include the following:
1. Dryer Plant CIP efficiency and mapping. This project will look at all aspects of Dryer plant cleaning to determine effectiveness as well as map all hard to reach spots to determine both access requirements as well as Preventative Maintenance needs.
2. Site Resource Recovery. The use of materials and packaging in dairy manufacturing is focused on meeting food safety quality requirements but more innovation can be applied to reduce waste.

Project Aims:

The students will learn about the IWS framework which works on two principles; the power of zero defects and losses, and the power of 100 per cent Total Employee Ownership.
The Darnum projects will cover a wide range of site operations and will present the student team with a great learning opportunity and insight into dairy manufacturing.

Available to:
All Students
Business and Economics
Information Technology
Employment Type:
Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
Hold an Australian permanent resident/humanitarian visa, or
Hold an international student visa (Must be Melbourne placed during placement period)

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2021 to end of February 2022.

Selection and Required Criteria:

Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar

  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select

  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project(s) you apply for

  • Quick Learners, adaptable and enthusiastic.

  • Career goals and ambitions

  • Successful interview with industry partner

    Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.

  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.

12 weeks
Max number of recipients:
Date close:
Sunday, 5th September 2021

Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company. Outside of NZ, the Australian business is one of our largest, operating 8 manufacturing sites and employing over 1,800 people in order to provide Australians with the great-tasting dairy brands they know and love.
Milk collected from more than 1300 dairy farms is processed across our Victorian and Tasmanian network to produce world class dairy products for Australian and international markets.