Mich. -- The
SAE Detroit Section hosted its largest meeting of the year, known
as the State of the Industry, at the San Marino Club in Troy,
Mich. on Thursday night. Three of the four speakers said the automotive
industry is growing and profitable, while the other discussed
slightly lower engineering employment statistics.
don't want to talk about the state of the industry, but the state
of engineering," said Andrew Smart, SAE National Director
and Industry Program. "Engineering employment declined 0.3
percent in southeast Michigan. Engineering employment in 2012
was 74,200. The demand for mechanical engineers is three times
that of the next highest advanced manufacturing occupation. There
is 94 percent male and six percent female. For mechanical engineers,
Detroit presents the most difficult recruiting condition scoring
a 93. There is some good news here, Las Vegas has the best hiring
conditions for engineers. Today American students score 23rd in
math and 31st in science compared with 65 other top industrial
is home of 375 automotive research and development (R&D) centers.
One hundred twenty of which are foreign owned. Silicon Valley
is home to a growing number of automotive R&D centers. Industry
has changed, products has changed, geography has changed, drivers
has changed, skill set needs has changed, job market has changed,
career paths has changed, regulations has changed.
was life like in this room four years ago?" said Jason Stein,
Associate Publisher & Editor of Automotive News.
"It was dramatically different. Look at where we are now.
We are in the world's hottest automotive market. Ford is offering
more economical engines in the nation. The industry is in a great
place. Big bonus checks along with new currency. Sales are up.
Some brands dominated in 2012. The Ford Focus and GM has the third
best selling Sonic, and Camry has 100,000 units in 2012. The industry
is bubbling again. Japan is back. Japanese is desperate for more
capacity. Dealers are making money and the economy is moving in
the right direction."
Fedews, Director Global Powertrain and Components Forecast, IHS
Automotive, says currency is working in our favor. There is a
big push to look at North American for auto parts. We are building
more vehicles. But globally we are producing that 100 million
union mark. We are gong to see lots and lots or growth in Europe.
A lot of dynamics is gonna change in the automotive industry in
the next five years. Five hundred million vehicles are needed
by 2030. Big change is coming.
example, the Hyundai HCD-14 had four displays in the vehicle.
No touching of any buttons. It is gesture controlled...a buttonless
vehicle. There is an explosion of infotainment. Technology to
solve problems created by technology (driver distraction). Active
driver assist assists in driver accident prevention. Sensor-based
driving for the accident-based car. Global fuel economy will affect
efficiency and emissions. There are 500 plus launch events to
Andrea, Senior Vice President Industry Analysis and Economics,
OESA, stated that the customers are in good shape. "The OEMs
are in good shape and the suppliers are in good shape. It is a
sellers market for engineers and skilled trades. Yes we are having
trouble finding qualified available candidates. Finding personnel,
the questions are: salary expectation, career outlook and location.
There are other game changers such as political willingness to
discuss new forms of road infrastructure funding and recapitalization
of GM and Chrysler supplies post bankruptcy. The industry is fraught
with risk. Industry has more opportunity and options than ever
before. Remember it's all about the journey."
there was a question-and-answer session for the panel.
Goddard, 2013 Chair, SAE Detroit Section, thanked Core Technologies
for sponsoring the social hour. He welcomed everyone to the event.
"Your support thrives this organization" while mentioning
the upcoming events. SAE brings many benefits to you and your
organization. SAE is all about connections. Being a company ambassador
keeps our company up to date and acts as your company's point
of contact. You stay informed of your company's SAE involvement.
next SAE Detroit Section meeting will feature the Toyota Avalon
on Tuesday, March 19 at the Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich. For
more information or to purchase your tickets, visit www.sae-detroit.org.
Ford Fusion revealed at SAE Detroit Section meeting
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of the speakers posed for a group photo before the start of the
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Goddard, 2013 SAE Detroit Section Chairman