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Information and inspiration: NAIAS attendees can learn about careers in automotive, mobility sectors

Attendees can connect with experts, hear about skills needed as fields evolve

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Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – The North American International Auto Show is a global showcase for the world’s top vehicles – but also displays the talent and skills of the people who design and build the top models.

And while crowds are getting a closer look at the newest cars and trucks, people interested in working in the automotive and mobility sectors will have access to experts to learn about careers and the kind of training needed to gain in-demand skills at the auto show’s Future Automotive Career Exposition.

FACE will be included in AutoMobili-D during the first two public days of the auto show in Detroit’s Cobo Hall.  The event is planned for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 20 and 21. Admission to AutoMobili-D is included with the price of a NAIAS ticket.

“This isn’t a typical career expo, but an excellent opportunity for people to be informed and inspired,” said Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. “There will be many experts assembled there, excited about what their companies are doing and able to talk about how people interested in automotive and mobility can get started in their fields. There are many great opportunities right here in Michigan for talented people.”

FACE is a partnership between the Department of Talent and Economic Development, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and NAIAS. 

The event will include informational panels and presentations featuring employers, educators and others who can talk about the types of skills that are in demand, opportunities for training and where these evolving industries are headed.

About 80 employers, universities and organizations are planning to participate. After hearing from the experts, people looking for careers in the automotive and mobility sectors will able to connect with links to jobs pages from participating companies to see what positions are open and how they can apply.

AutoMobili-D includes automakers, suppliers and startups – all essential parts of Michigan’s automotive heritage and future.

NAIAS attracts people from around the world because Michigan is the global center of the auto industry, home to 75 percent of the world’s automotive research and development. Local employers are looking for people to fill jobs, especially positions requiring science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

FACE is one of the state’s efforts to grow and develop talent, and make people more aware of the opportunities for good jobs. Michigan employers are looking to fill high-skill jobs in many industries, with more than 90,000 jobs posted on Pure Michigan Talent Connect.

The companies and colleges that will be exhibiting within AutoMobili-D are listed here, along with their career websites:

A2Mac1 Automotive Benchmarking

ABC Group, Inc.

Ainstein Inc.


Aramco Services Company




Caresoft Global

Carnegie Mellon University

CCPIT- Shangrao Changyue EV Auto Co. Ltd.

CCPIT - Changan Kuayue Cutomobile Co., Ltd

CCPIT - Cloud Era Investment Group Co. Ltd.

CCPIT - Chonqing Kuayue (Group) Co. Ltd.

CCPIT - Leeschs Technology Co., Ltd.


Clemson University - International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

Roadshow by CNET


Dassault Systemes




Eastern Michigan University

 EDAG Inc.



Formula SAE Team of Oakland University

General Motors


Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hitachi Automotive Systems


Intrepid Control Systems, Inc.

JTEKT North America Corporation

Karma Automotive

Kettering University

Magna International

Magneti Marelli



Michigan State University

Michigan State University Solar Racing Team

Michigan Technological University

MIT Media Lab


MSU Formula One Racing


Navya Inc

Nexteer Automotive

Nissan North America

North American Bancard

Northwood University

Ohio Smart Mobility

Ontario - Canada

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors


P3 North America


Phoenix Contact E-Mobility




Siemens PLM Software

sitronic North America Corp.


Square One Education Network





Traffic Technology Services

Transportation Research Center, Inc.

University of Michigan

University of Michigan Solar Car

University of Michigan-Dearborn

University of Toronto Electric Vehicle Research Centre

University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR)

UofM Spark



Velodyne LiDAR

Visionaries 777


VOXX Automotive

Vulog Technologies Inc.

Washtenaw Community College

Wayne State Formula SAE - Warrior Racing

Wind River