The U.S. auto industry is in a much better shape than it was in 2009, when companies were in the midst of shedding tens of thousands of jobs and production was reduced to levels not seen in three decades. The industry is well along in its recovery and that means a number of original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and related businesses are hiring.
We’ve scanned through some of the more recent hiring news and have found some jobs that are worth sharing with Auto Trends readers. The information is accurate as of August 2013; for later visitors to this article you may find that the details have changed. We will not be updating this story.
Who: The Ford Motor Company
What: Up to 3,000 new salaried workers for 2013.
When: By the end of 2013.
Where: Chiefly in Michigan, but with some jobs scattered at locations across the United States.
How: Ford has set up a recruitment page to help get the word out. Ford is also utilizing social media — Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn — to keep people informed about current job openings.
Notes: Stronger demand for its products in the United States and abroad has Ford planning for its future. Of the 3,000 new hires, Ford says that 80 percent will be for technical professionals. The new salaried positions are in addition to 12,000 hourly jobs Ford has promised to create by 2015.
Who: General Motors Company
What: Fuel cells development.
When: Now hiring.
Where: At three locations in Michigan: Pontiac, Warren and Milford.
How: GM has set up a special page on its career site to attract researchers, engineers and other professionals to aid the company with its fuel cell efforts. Specifically, the company is hiring fuel cell technologists to join the company’s powertrain division.
Notes: GM is a leader in fuel cell development, having committed resources to build prototypes stretching back several decades. Fuel cells are part of an overall plan by the company to move into alternative propulsion systems.
Who: SMR Automotive Systems USA Inc
What: 350 new positions for this automotive supply company. SMR is looking for a product engineer and others to fill a variety of positions at various skill levels.
Where: 1855 Busha Highway, Marysville, Mich.
When: Now hiring.
How: Apply online or mail your resume to: Automotive Systems USA Inc • 1855 Busha Hwy, Marysville, MI 48040
Notes: SMR is part of the Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR) group of companies that makes automotive rear view and side mirrors. It holds a 22 percent market share in this segment, leading all competitors.
Who: ZF Transmissions, the American division of the German ZF Group of companies.
What: Employees to fill new positions that are opening up as the company responds to demand for its fuel-saving transmissions. The company plans to add 450 new jobs, bringing its SC plant employment total to 1,650 people.
Where: ZF Transmissions Gray Court LLC * 2846 North Old Laurens Road * Gray Court, SC 29645
When: Apply now. A plant expansion is underway to accommodate increased demand.
How: Use the company’s online application process to search and apply for jobs.
Notes: ZF is an important supplier to the Chrysler Group which has been using its 8-speed and soon 9-speed transmissions in many of its vehicles. The industry trend is toward more fuel efficient transmissions with manufacturers such as Chrysler using the company as its supplier.
Who: Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting
What: Automotive lighting ranging from headlamps, daytime running lights to tail lights.
Where: Pulaski, Tenn.
When: The automotive lighting plant, the first of its kind in the United States, was inaugurated in June 2013. At its beginning 90 people were already employed, but the company expects to have 850 people employed within four years.
How: Stay tuned. As of Aug. 2013, the company has listed job opportunities for its Michigan location, but not for Tenn. You can send your resume to the company at: 181 Bennett Drive, Pulaski, TN 38478
Notes: The company has won orders from Mercedes-Benz, the Chrysler Group and GM. The first order was for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee that gets Marelli’s halogen, bi-Xenon and LED daytime running lamps.