Toyota beefs up U.S. engineering operations
DETROIT -- Toyota plans to hire 150 engineers, researchers and others in Michigan by year end to help localize more vehicle design and development in North America.
Toyota Technical Center, a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc., will hire a majority of the new employees as engineers, technicians, advanced researchers and scientists to be located at TTC’s two Michigan facilities in Ann Arbor and Saline. Fewer than five more jobs will be located at Toyota’s powertrain and testing facilities in Gardena, Calif., the automaker said in a statement.
Toyota also said it plans to add another 100 jobs to the Michigan technical centers over the next five years to advance engine and transmission development for the North American market.
The automaker said it is recruiting for positions in powertrain, mechanical design, electrical engineering, electronics and advanced research. Full-time, permanent positions will be available, but Toyota said its plans are subject to approval of state and local incentives.
Toyota Technical Center also announced today that it opened a dedicated office in California’s Silicon Valley to localize r&d activities in North America and enhance the customer’s experience with in-vehicle infotainment systems.
The unit will co-locate with the Toyota Info Technology Center in Mountain View, Calif.
“The enhancement of in-vehicle infotainment technology in the coming years will be an important feature to our customers, especially as technology and vehicles continue to evolve,” Seiya Nakao, president of Toyota Technical Center, said in a statement.
“Toyota’s Silicon Valley office will collaborate closely with our key innovative partners in the region with the goal of bringing new ideas to market quicker through product development.”
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