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Detroit auto show to raise awareness of auto industry careers

What if you’re not necessarily looking for a new car but maybe you’d like a new job?

The North American International Auto Show is rolling out a way to showcase strategies for building a career in the auto industry.

On Jan. 20-21, the Detroit auto show at Cobo Center will host a new concept called the Future Automotive Career Exposition at the AutoMobili-D section of the show, an exhibit featuring technologies related to self-driving cars. The group includes automakers, suppliers and startups.

Sure, we’re talking about job openings in the highly cyclical auto industry, even though we’re increasingly captivated by the race to build highly technical self-driving cars and trucks.

Yet experts say we’re likely to see all sorts of creative approaches for filling many jobs in 2018.

Driving around town during the holidays, I actually spotted a billboard advertising jobs in auto factories. Really? I had to do a double take.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles put up billboards in the Detroit area to fill skilled trades, hourly UAW jobs at its plants, including specific opportunities at the Sterling Heights Assembly where FCA is launching the all-new Ram 1500. The new 2019 model truck will launch this quarter. The starting hourly salary for a skilled trades employee is about $34, according to an FCA spokesperson.

The automaker began using the billboards in late November, along with job fairs, in-plant postings, referrals, social media and radio ads to fill jobs. The two billboards that went up were at I-75 north, just south of 9 Mile Road, and on Van Dyke, south of 14 Mile Road, according to FCA.

Fiat Chrysler has no plans to recruit at the Detroit auto show.

We shouldn’t be surprised to spot employers doing all they can to hire the right fit for the job in 2018 when we’re looking at ultra-low unemployment levels. The U.S. jobless rate was 4.1% in December — and the expectation is that the rate will drop further into 2018.

“This unemployment rate is going south,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

It’s possible, Zandi said, that the jobless rate will fall into the mid-3% range this year. He’s predicting an extraordinarily tight labor market, similar to times back in the 1950s.

Zandi said large multinational companies could have a competitive advantage when it comes to hiring and make it difficult for some small businesses to hold onto workers.

Manufacturing should have a good year in 2018, he said, given a strong global economy and a declining dollar that will boost U.S. trade.

To be sure, U.S. auto industry production is expected to pull back. Cox Automotive, for example, is forecasting that 16.7 million new cars and light trucks will be sold in North America in 2018. If so, we could be looking at nearly a 3% drop this year from the 17.2 million cars and trucks sold in 2017.

After seven years of growth, the industry had its first down year in 2017 after hitting a record 17.55 million cars and trucks sold in 2016.

This year, it’s likely that automakers could need to adjust production with shifts in consumer demand and deal with anticipated lower sales volumes.

“Auto manufacturing jobs will be fluid in the next few years,” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at Autotrader.

At the same time, though, auto manufacturers and suppliers often express some difficulty in trying to fill engineering, software and technically skilled jobs.

“Software engineers remain in high demand, particularly those with experience in driver-assist technologies,” said Charlie Chesborough, senior economist at Cox Automotive, which includes the Kelley Blue Book and AutoTrader sites.

“Detroit’s major automakers are competing with Silicon Valley for these type of workers, as well as other manufacturing sectors.”

Fiat Chrysler, for example, noted that skilled trades positions are harder to fill because of the unique qualifications. Skills needed include electrical, mechanical, tool maker, die maker, pipefitter, machine repair and energy center operator. See FCA job openings at http://www.fcagroupcareers.com. Candidates can search for positions by state at manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The career-related event at the Detroit auto show takes place only during the first two days that the show is open to the public. The career event is a partnership with Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and NAIAS.

“The event isn’t designed to be a typical job fair,” said Dave Murray, communications director at the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development.

Instead, the goal is to raise awareness about the types of jobs that exist. A series of panels and presentations will feature employers, educators and others who can talk about the skills in demand, opportunities for training, and where these evolving industries are headed, Murray said.

Michigan employers looking to fill high-skill jobs in many industries also are listed at http://www.mitalent.org. The site includes information about career fairs and hiring events.

Many companies that have a presence at AutoMobili-D have jobs listed on their web sites. Many jobs listed will be outside Michigan.

Murray said participants with jobs listed at their sites include ABC Group, Ainstein, BlackBerry, Carnegie Mellon University, Delphi Automotive, DropCar, General Motors, P3 North America, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and Wind River.

Interview rooms also will be available at AutoMobili-D, if companies wish to meet face-to-face with potential applicants.

Lori Pessina, director of talent acquisition for P3 North America in Southfield, part of the P3 Group, said the international management consulting and engineering solutions company is looking for “out-of-the-box thinkers with an entrepreneurial mindset.”

She said the company has never tried attracting talent at an auto show and it is still getting information from coordinators of the event.

The job openings, she said, are primarily highly skilled, technical positions such as electrification engineer, infotainment engineer, software developer and functional safety engineer.

“There is a low supply and high demand for these types of candidates,” Pessina said. “The candidates with this skill set entering the workforce are often plucked by large, big-brand companies before they even graduate, so the competition is fierce.”

She said P3 North America is projecting another year of growth, including expanding into electrification and anticipating growth in fields such as autonomous data and analytics testing. The U.S. operation is based in Southfield with six other locations in the United States, including 160 employees in Michigan. The company was founded in Germany in 1996 and P3 North America was started in 2008.

The company helps its customers overcome disruptive changes in mobility technologies throughout the connected and autonomous vehicle ecosystem. Access to AutoMobili-D — which includes the panel discussions about careers in automotive and mobility, and access to the companies — is included with an auto show ticket. Some of the participating companies are arranging interviews with applicants, and those people would have access without needing a ticket, Murray said.

2016 North American International Auto Show

Experience the next generation of transportation at the North American International Auto Show 2016. See more than 750 vehicles on display representing the most innovative designs in the world, and experience North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase.

Dates and Times

Early access for handicapped individuals 8 a.m. each day
Enter at the Hall C Entrance only

Saturday, January 16 – Saturday, January 23, 2016
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)

Sunday, January 24, 2016
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Ticket Pricing

– Adults: $13 per person
– Seniors: $7 (65 and older)
– Children: $7 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)
PLEASE NOTE: Every child in a school group must have a ticket to enter the show

PLEASE NOTE: Seniors’ and childrens’ tickets must be purchased at the door and are only valid the day of purchase.

eTickets

– Print voucher to redeem tickets at the eTicket window, located outside the Hall C entrance.
– The Ticket window is open 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., January 16 – 23 and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., January 24.
– Each order must be picked up in its entirety.
– A photo ID is required to pick up tickets.
– Tickets are non-refundable

Visit http://naias.com/tickets/#public-show for Tickets!

Group Tickets

– Discounted rate of $9 per ticket is available for groups of 30 or more.
– Pickup is located at the window outside the Hall C entrance.
– American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and business checks accepted. Personal checks and cash not accepted.
– A photo ID is required to pick-up tickets.
– Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket.

PLEASE NOTE: Every child in a school group must have a ticket to enter the show
– There is no group discount for senior tickets.
– Tickets are non-refundable.

Visit http://naias.com/tickets/#public-show for Tickets!

Purchase Tickets at the Door

– Tickets may be purchased the day of the show at ticket booths located in the Cobo Center concourse (cash only).
– Ticket kiosks located in Cobo Center in the concourse (credit card only).
– Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket.
PLEASE NOTE: Every child in a school group must have a ticket to enter the show and tickets are non-refundable
Ticketing Office

Please contact the Ticketing Office at:
1900 West Big Beaver Road
Suite 100
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248.283.5173
Fax: 248.283.5172

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cobo Hospitality Scooter Rentals

Cobo Center provides motorized scooters on a first-come, first-served basis for people with disabilities. Each scooter is $35.00 per 4-hour period. Valid driver’s license and signed rental agreement required with each reservation. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and cash payments accepted.

Visit Visit http://naias.com/ for more details about the upcoming show!

More People Went to the Detroit Auto Show Than Live in Detroit

Attendance for this year’s Detroit Auto Show was the highest in a decade, with official figures exceeding the actual population of Detroit.

With over 100,000 attendees on the final day of the show, the figure for total ticketed attendance sits at 803,451. That number is significantly beyond the 701,475 population of the city of Detroit, which has been on a downward spiral for Decades.

That number is the best since 2003 when total attendance hit 838,066. At that time, Detroit’s population was 926,903.

The surge in attendance comes as part of a major push by show organizers as the event celebrated its 25th year since it officially changes its name from the Detroit Auto Show to the North American International Auto Show. The show venue, Cobo Hall, is also in the midst of a $300 million renovation project.

“We’ve come a long way in 25 years,” said NAIAS Chairman Bob Shuman. “It was a privilege this week to see some of the members of the 1988 auto show committee, like David Fischer, Ken Meade and Gordon Stewart, who developed the plan that turned our show into one of the top in the world.”

“This was a special show, and everyone knew it,” continued Shuman. “The industry is healthy, the products and technology are spectacular, and confidence is high. It would be difficult to find a more exciting or more important two weeks than what we just experienced in the auto industry here on Detroit’s world stage.”

In addition to the impressive attendance, other NAIAS highlights for 2014 include the attendance of 5,169 journalists from 60 countries and the premieres of 50 vehicles. In total, the economic impact of this year’s show is estimated to be $365 million.

As read on: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/01/people-went-detroit-auto-show-live-detroit.html

Sergio: Wrangler and Alfa

“To redesign the Wrangler is the riskiest thing you could do… if you’re talking about stubstantially upgrading the Wrangler… yes.”  So said Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne at today’s “executive briefing,” webcast live from Cobo Hall in Detroit.

There have been debates over the knockdown windshield and removable door. “I don’t know how many people who own Wranglers have ever done that.” Still, Jeep can’t remove those attributes, even though the vehicle must be lightened and the powertrain must be updated. “You can update it, but you can’t change it.”

Full implementation is less than 24 months away. Volume is a problem, especially since the company has committed to not making Wranglers (for North America) outside of Toledo.

As for the Cherokee, Mr. Marchionne said they still needed a larger market share, but that he thought they could achieve it.

“There’s a brand new lineup of products coming out of Alfa Romeo that you will see in 2015.” These will be sold from Alfa Romeo dealerships.

As read on: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/01/sergio-wrangler-and-alfa

North American International Auto Show Dates, Times and Ticket Details

Dates and Times

Saturday, January 18 – Saturday, January 25, 2014
9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)

Sunday, January 26, 2014
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Early access for handicapped individuals at 8 a.m.
Enter at the Oakland Hall Entrance.

Ticket Pricing

  • Adults: $13 per person
  • eTickets: $13 per person
  • Seniors: $7 (65 and older)
  • Children: $7 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)

Group Tickets

  • Discounted rate of $9 per ticket is available for groups of 30 or more.
  • Pickup is located at the window outside the Oakland Hall entrance.
  • American Express, Visa, Mastercard and business checks accepted. Personal checks and cash not accepted.
  • A photo ID is required to pick-up tickets.
  • Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket.
  • There is no group discount for senior tickets.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.

Ticket Purchasing Options

eTickets

  • Print voucher to redeem tickets at the eTicket window, located outside the Oakland Hall entrance.
  • The Ticket window is open 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., January 18 – 25 and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., January 26.
  • Each order must be picked up in its entirety.
  • A photo ID is required to pick up tickets.

Purchase Tickets at the Door

  • Tickets may be purchased the day of the show at ticket booths located in the Cobo Center concourse (cash only).
  • There will be a number of ticket kiosks set up in the concourse for credit card purchasing.
  • Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian and do not require a ticket.

Please contact the Ticketing Office at:

1900 West Big Beaver Road
Suite 100
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248.283.5173
Fax: 248.283.5172

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cobo Hospitality Scooter Rentals:
Cobo Center provides motorized scooters on a first-come, first-served basis for people with disabilities. Advance reservations are accepted by Cobo Hospitality at (313) 877-8290. Each scooter is $25.00 per 4-hour period. Valid driver’s license and signed rental agreement required with each reservation. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and cash payments accepted.

2012 North American International Auto Show Is HERE!!!

It’s that time of year again!!
The displays are set and the vehicles are HERE!! This week the Press, Industry and Charity Previews
will be taking place. Then the show opens to the public THIS SATURDAY!
Show Dates & Times
Saturday, January 14 – Saturday, January 21, 2012
9am-10pm

Sunday, January 22, 2012
9am-7pm

Ticket Prices
Adults: $12 per person
E-Tickets: $12 per person
Any Day Pass, Group Ticket: $8 with purchase of 30 tickets or more
Seniors: $6 (65 and older)
Children: (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with parent or guardian)

Location
Cobo Center, One Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226

Visit www.NAIAS.com or follow the NAIAS on their facebook page this year and get up to the minute news on the latest and greatest releases and announcements as this years event gets into full swing!