In order to think younger, General Motors is looking to hire engineers in their 20s and 30s, which are largely absent from the company’s North American and European operation, according to Karl-Friedrich Stracke.
The company is missing the perspective of younger engineers on how people in their 20s and 30s use computers, both in vehicles and on the job, says Rick Spina, 50, vehicle line executive for GM’s full-sized trucks.
Spina says that GM also needs to start training younger engineers to take over his and his peers’ jobs when they retire.
“We’ve still got a lot of talent, but we don’t have young people,” Spina says. “You’ve got a chunk of the U.S. population, the world population, that we’re not well-represented in. Is that going to hurt us long term? Absolutely.”
As a part of the Detroit automaker’s restructuring, GM cut more than 12,000 salaried jobs in the United States.
– By: Stephen Calogera
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