General Motors wants to establish itself as a leader in electric vehicle production.
Toward that end, GM announced Monday it would hire some 3,000 new employees across its engineering, design and IT network. The hirings, the automaker said in a release, would come between now through the first quarter of 2021.
According to the release, GM will offer more remote opportunities than ever as development of autonomous and electric vehicles and advanced platforms like the Ultium battery system continues. According to GM officials, recent virtual development innovations made by the company’s engineering team have allowed GM to speed up the product timelines of upcoming EVs while keeping costs low.
“As we evolve and grow our software expertise and services, it’s important that we continue to recruit and add diverse talent,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “This will clearly show that we’re committed to further developing the software we need to lead in EVs, enhance the customer experience and become a software expertise-driven workforce.”
GM posts the job listings at its careers site.
GM plans to advance its vision of zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion through the development and integration of its world-class software and services. Job openings for electrical system engineers; infotainment software engineers; developers for Java, Android, iOS and other platforms; controls engineers; and more will help to build on GM’s current software foundation.
Software expertise is core to GM’s Vehicle Intelligence Platform, which brings more electrical bandwidth and the capability to support new active safety, infotainment, connectivity and the Super Cruise* driver assistance feature, as well as over-the-air updates. Beyond the vehicle, GM will continue to invest in software applications like OnStar Guardian**, which allows OnStar members to access safety services from a compatible phone, whether they’re at home, out walking, or traveling in a vehicle, regardless of brand, age or ownership.
General Motors is continuing to make strides towards its goal of becoming the most inclusive workplace in the world, according to the release. General Motors believes that achieving an all-electric future can only become a reality by embracing and investing in diverse perspectives and talent.
General Motors also recently announced the launch of a 12-week paid family leave program to assist with challenges surrounding family care. GM is “committed to making sure all employees feel supported in their health and financial needs” as they help the company achieve their vision for the future, GM officials said.
In addition to hiring for the needs of today, GM works with nonprofit organizations and communities across the country to bring culturally responsive programs to youth that may not otherwise have robust STEM learning opportunities available to them, with the goal of increasing presence, persistence and achievements in STEM. Through work like the newly created Girl Scouts Automotive Engineering badge series and the Ashoka STEM for Changemaking Summit, GM is committed to equipping diverse communities with future industry-relevant skills, accelerating the path to an equitable STEM employment pipeline.