While we already reported on the Detroit three’s aggressive hiring of tech grads, apparently there will soon be plenty of opportunities for engineers as well. Evidence of this is the fact that the U.S. auto sector added 32,000 jobs in the last year, thousands of which were for engineers, according to Detroit News. This trend hints at both the industry’s recovery as well as automakers’ desire to further advance the development of the automobile.
The 2011 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress runs this week in Detroit, and manufacturers have taken a noticeable interest in this year’s conference. Held over three days, the conference offers engineers (and future engineers) the chance to get to know companies involved in various engineering fields. So far, the 2011 conference looks like it will attract more than 10,000 attendees and dozens more companies than the previous year.
Thirty-five companies in total have signed up to take part in a job fair at the conference. Three of those companies are none other than Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. “This is a serious issue…the industry needs more talented people to build the next generation of vehicles,” said David Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, referring to the shortage of qualified applicants in the automotive engineering field.
According to David Munson, dean of the University of Michigan’s engineering school, the opportunities for auto engineers have expanded in the last year. Munson also predicts that more students will likely pursue job opportunities with automakers and suppliers.
Even before SAE’s conference, GM and Chrysler announced that they would each hire 1000 engineers. Ford is also looking to fill engineering positions, seeking 750 new employees for pro duct development. Toyota, Volkswagen and Nissan will probably also need engineers, since all three have plans to open U.S. plants within the next year. So, if you’re going to school for engineering or are an out-of-work engineer, things are starting to look up for you.
Source: Detroit News