In unveiling the electric Ford Focus at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Ford CEO and President Alan Mulally declared, "Ford is more than a car company. We are also a technology company."
To that end, the company is looking to hire 750 product developers and engineers within the next two years. That's part of the 7,000 hourly and salaried jobs the automaker plans to add during that time. The Detroit Free Press quotes Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, saying:
We want more user interface designers, people with voice recognition and acoustics signal processing expertise, circuit design analysis specialists, software integration quality specialists and more. These people are game-changers, addressing a whole new generation of consumer needs and desires.
Fields recently told the Automotive News World Congress that Ford plans to develop more entertainment, infotainment, navigation, cell phone connectivity and Wi-Fi technologies for its cars and light trucks, according to CNET News, which notes that Ford's prices are up by $4,100 per vehicle from two years ago.
So Ford's recruiting today and tomorrow at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but also will recruit in Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee; Raleigh, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; and San Jose, Calif., according to The Detroit News. It quotes Sherif Marakby, Ford director of Electrification Programs and Engineering, saying:
With the new era of electric vehicles, it's critical that we meet this technology challenge by both recruiting new engineers as well as re-training our existing engineers with a broad range of new skills and competencies.
According to this examiner.com piece, the actual work will be done in Detroit, San Jose and eight other cities.