Thanks to the automotive industry’s recovery and America’s demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, automakers are recruiting engineers en masse to develop the next generation of electric and hybrid cars. Ford, for example, recently doubled its engineering staff to increase its production capacity of fuel-saving vehicles.
Michael Leamy, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, says automakers are looking for engineers with multidisciplinary skills.
There is demand for electrical, chemical and mechanical engineers. In particular, automakers want students who have cut their teeth, so to speak, on vehicle competition teams, such as Formula SAE and EocCAR.
This is a great time to start a career with the auto companies as this mass hiring is unlikely to continue once the immediate need is met, and further, the engineers now being hired will be the ones who remake the auto companies in the coming years.
This is encouraging news for students majoring in engineering, particularly those with first-hand research experience. From the Solar Jacket’s electric car to the Green Eco School Bus, Georgia Tech students are no strangers to working with fuel-efficient technology. This hands-on experience and technical know-how is why Georgia Tech engineers are highly sought after to develop the energy efficient vehicles more and more Americans desire.
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