We’ve talked several times about Ford and its plans to shed workers in the U.S. and around the world. Ford is going to let 500 salaried workers go in the States as it pares down its salaried workforce by 7,000 globally in an effort to improve profits within the company. The challenge for workers hit by Ford layoffs is finding new work when so many people with similar skills are put into the workforce at the same time.
An engineering company based out of Columbus, Indiana called LHP Solutions is looking to expand and hopes that it can take advantage of Ford layoffs to benefit its needed growth. LHP Engineering is looking to nearly double its 400-person workforce with most of those workers being placed in its Pontiac, Michigan location. LHP says that it aims to double its approximately $45 million in sales over the next 5-7 years and to make that happen, it needs workers skilled in specific types of vehicle systems.
The company says that the need for embedded software, cybersecurity, and functional safety services will grow as autonomous vehicles grow. The big challenge for LHP today is finding enough people to fill the 292 open positions that it has right now. The company lists among the difficulties in filling those positions: difficulty in obtaining foreign visas, competition in attracting high-level innovative tech talent, and the fact that it prefers workers with eight or more years of experience in its specialties.
The company has benefitted in the past from GM layoffs and hired several former GM employees, and it now hopes to benefit from Ford layoffs in the same way. LHP talent acquisition director Nate McCray says that the company thinks that Ford has a lot of talent to tap into. McRay says that the company would like to take advantage of the Ford layoffs and noted: “we’re so desperate.”
LHP wants engineers in embedded controls, engine design and diesel calibration, electric engines, functional safety, embedded software, Android mobile apps, Lidar and cameras, and cybersecurity. Salaries are in the $75,000 to $150,000 range depending on experience.
Source: The Detroit News