Students Recognized for Advocating Cool Careers in Automotive through OESA/SAE International Video Contest

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With estimates of 600,000 manufacturing jobs being unfilled because employers can’t find people with the skills they need, and early projects indicating the gap may widen over the next several years, bringing young talent to automotive is critically important to automakers. Recently, OESA announced the winners of a student video contest focused on tackling that issue head on.

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Promoting the automotive industry as an attractive choice for students is critical to ensuring we are able to develop the next generation of automotive engineers. - Julie A. Fream, president and CEO of OESA

With estimates of 600,000 manufacturing jobs being unfilled because employers can’t find people with the skills they need, and early projects indicating the gap may widen over the next several years, bringing young talent to automotive is critically important to automakers. Recently, OESA announced the winners of a student video contest focused on tackling that issue head on.

On the occasion of the 16th Annual OESA Outlook Conference on Nov.11, 2014, OESA revealed the winners of the Generation Auto Student Video Contest after a round of live voting.

The winners of the 2014 contest are:

  • First place ($4,000): An Industry with Infinite Possibilities-California State University Formula SAE
  • Second place ($3,000): It’s A Way of Life-Team Jaabaz, VIT University, India
  • Third place ($1,000): GFR for Generation Auto – Formula SAE Oregon State University

The video contest organized by OESA and SAE International, with the support of Deloitte, launched the contest to encourage college students to pursue careers in the automotive industry. New in 2014, the contest invited students who participate in the SAE Collegiate Design Series™ (CDS) in the Formula SAE® Michigan, Formula SAE® Lincoln/Electric, SAE Supermileage Competition®, Baja SAE® Illinois, Baja SAE® UTEP, and Baja SAE® Kansas competitions to create and submit videos no more than two minutes in length highlighting the diverse aspects of the automotive industry that make it an attractive or “cool” industry in which to work. Cash prizes were offered to the SAE CDS teams with the top three videos.

To view the winning videos, visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChhhViJMxhEd81ZEBONxRfg

“Attracting talent to this industry is paramount to its long-term success. This video contest is a wonderful way for college students to demonstrate what drives them to pursue careers in the automotive field. Promoting the automotive industry as an attractive choice for students is critical to ensuring we are able to develop the next generation of automotive engineers,” said Julie A. Fream, president and CEO of OESA. “As we have seen with these videos, there is young talent who believes there is a future for them in this industry.”

OESA will continue working with industry groups including Deloitte, SAE International, suppliers and universities to integrate these videos into promotions to demonstrate the automotive industry is a cool place to work. OESA members and associated companies are encouraged to use these videos for recruitment purposes as they grow their outreach to potential and future employees.

About OESA
Formed in August 1998, OESA provides a forum for automotive suppliers by addressing issues of common concern through peer group councils, serving as a reliable source of information and analysis, providing an industry voice on issues of interest and serving as a positive change agent to the automotive industry. With 450 members having global automotive sales exceeding $300 billion, OESA represents more than 70 percent of North American automotive supplier sales. For more information, visit http://www.oesa.org. OESA is an affiliate of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.

About Deloitte’s Automotive Practice
Deloitte’s automotive practice is recognized as a leader in understanding top trends and issues of the automotive industry. Deloitte has more than 220 automotive clients in the United States alone, representing some of the world’s largest manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, finance companies and aftermarket businesses. With more than 400 American automotive practitioners, Deloitte serves 86 percent of automotive companies on the Fortune 500, as well as 86 percent of automotive companies on the Fortune 1,000.

As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see http://www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

About SAE International
SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our charitable arm, the SAE Foundation, which helps fund programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. For more information, visit http://www.sae.org.

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