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Auto suppliers struggling to find qualified engineers

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As North American vehicle production rises, suppliers are scrambling to find many types of engineers: mechanical, software, electrical, manufacturing -- you name it.
 
Last month, a survey of 100 North American suppliers revealed that 90 percent planned to expand their engineering staffs. Of those, 75 percent said they were having trouble finding candidates, according to the survey by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.  
 
Suppliers "have got so many vehicle programs to launch that it's crazy," says Neil De Koker, president emeritus of OESA. "There's a tremendous amount of overtime."
 
Software engineers are in especially high demand as automakers add infotainment, collision avoidance systems and other high-tech gadgetry. The additional content is straining the engineering resources of suppliers at a time when automakers are expanding their lineups.
 
In 2014, automakers will launch 33 new vehicles in North America, up from 18 this year, according to IHS Automotive of suburban Detroit. The glut of new products has triggered an acute shortage of experienced engineers, as automakers prepare for the launches.
 

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