Ford Plans to Hire 3,500 Workers, Reflecting Job Trends on

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Ford announced plans to increase capacity to build an additional 200,000 cars annually. The automaker’s announcement is the latest signal of a robust auto industry, which has spurred hiring on

As newer cars are increasingly relying on more sophisticated technology, auto companies are looking for engineers to craft the next generation of automobiles.

Ford Motor Co. announced this week it will be expanding capacity at its North American plants to be able to build 200,000 more cars annually. The announcement comes as the latest signal of a strengthening auto market, and auto companies are actively seeking engineers on to handle the greater workflow at manufacturing plants.

Ford announced plans this week to increase production capacity at its manufacturing plants to handle an additional 200,000 units. The expansion represents a shift, after years of downsizing operations to reduce costs. After the auto bailout during the Great Recession, each of the “Big Three” automakers (GM, Chrysler, and Ford) made conscious efforts to restructure and cut costs, often by laying off employees and streamlining production plants. Ford’s announcement to increase production capacity by another 200,000 units comes on the heels of the 400,000 unit capacity increase in 2012.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Vice President Jim Tetreault said that the company plans to hire approximately 3,500 workers to staff its expanded facilities. The 20 percent increase in capacity over just two years speaks to the company’s phenomenal growth in the past few years, as well as the overall turnaround of the auto industry.

Production has increased at each of the Big Three companies, as the automakers scramble to ensure that dealerships have enough inventory to meet consumer demand. In a testimony to the health of the current auto market, Ford reduced the traditional summer shutdown at its plants from two weeks to one; Chrysler opted to skip it this year entirely and continue running its manufacturing plants at full capacity.

On, employers are seeking auto engineers to work on the design and production process. Most positions seek between 2 to 5 years of experience and require previous experience in product design. As auto sales pick up, auto manufacturers are increasing hiring at their plants, and there is considerable demand for engineers with strong technical backgrounds. As newer cars are increasingly relying on more sophisticated technology, auto companies are looking for chemical, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineers to craft the next generation of automobiles.

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