• May 12, 2010
It was to be expected, but the rapidly changing auto industry is experiencing a shortage of mechatronic engineers to assist with the development of EV cars and systems. As it is, there are plenty of electrical engineers and mechanical engineers, but those who are adept at integrating mechanics and electronics – in areas like battery management and algorithms – are desperately needed.

Several universities, especially in the Detroit area, have inaugurated or will soon begin programs to graduate these kinds of engineers, but in the meantime it's every EV company for itself when it comes to finding talent. Larger players like Chrysler don't appear to be worried, saying that programs will only be pushed back by a couple of years or so and that's only in the worst cases. Smaller EV companies with exceptional talent are a little more nervous, knowing what a big company can offer when it wants to poach. If you're a skilled electromechanical engineer, it might be time to ask for a raise no matter who you work for...

[Source: Ward's Auto]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      may i ask you a question?
      i must click the links sent by autoblog to activate my comments?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well no wonder there aren't any time traveling DeLoreans yet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rest of the headline:

      ...as evidenced by this Aptera 2e.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Same thing with "flying car" engineers
      • 4 Years Ago
      Total BS.

      There is no reason existing automotive electrical and mechanical engineers can't do the work. In the end an EV is merely and assembly of a high tech components made by others, items made by traditional suppliers and possibly in house components such as the body and chassis. There is an army of application engineers from the battery, motor and controls companies to get you through the tough stuff.

      Ultimately the difference between good EV's and the rest will rest on management's shoulders and not the engineers. Look at Honda's "hybrid lite" approach. It works poorly with sales to match. It is doubtless that Honda's development engineers knew their milquetoast approach would fail to match that of the Prius. Honda management didn't want to fund the development of their own technology or were too proud to license Toyota's.

      Those crying for EV engineers are only looking for some sort of government assistance or are try to find a plausible excuse to assuage angry investors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      universities will put more students on the assembly line of making such engineers
      • 4 Years Ago
      What they fail to mention is that companies want electromechanical engineers with experience, not just the piece of paper. Very few college programs provide the opportunity to internship for more than 6 months tops. Still, graduating with 30 months of HEV engineering internships from a top university it took 3 months before job offers started trickling in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. If these companies want a pigeonholed engineer, why don't they step up and offer internships and apprenticeships? Even then, why not just offer those to anyone willing? Is there some magic presence a little piece of paper brings stating someone went to college for half a decade or more?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where do I send my resume to? :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's a great place for them to look; Western Washington University's Vehicle Research Institute has been educating students in hybrid vehicle technology and hands-on construction for over 30 years.
      http://vri.etec.wwu.edu/
      • 4 Years Ago
      We need to revamp our primary education system for the new realities. It should not take another 4 years for every kid to get a decent job, or do most of the necessary things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        knowing most high school graduates and community college grads..
        no.
        no you do not want them in any sort of health field or engineering job or management
        unless it was managing a starbucks
        • 4 Years Ago
        um, what?

        Seems like you are missing a words there, champ.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right, and this is another area where Europe seems to do a better job. Of course here in the States we tend to look down on people who "only" aspire to vocations so 20+ years of high-dollar formal education is quickly becoming the norm. Don't think you'll see the educational system lobbying against this either as that would be the same as Congress voting themselves a pay cut - ain't gonna happen.

        Engineering aside, It's ludicrous that it's quickly getting to the point where you need to spend 6 figures for 17 years of education to manage a Starbucks. There's no real reason you can't graduate perfectly good rookies at anything from Management to Medicine by the time they're 20.
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