Michigan: The Auto Capital of the World
In the globalized world, no matter the language, Michigan translates to one word – automobiles. With a highly skilled workforce, cutting-edge research and development facilities and top-notch institutions of higher education and the most dense automotive supply chain in the world, Michigan is the global automotive headquarters.
- Michigan has 61 of the top 100 auto suppliers to North America.
- Michigan has 1,295 motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts manufacturer establishments in the state, employing 134,161 skilled workers.
- Michigan employs 134,160 workers in motor vehicle, motor vehicle body and motor vehicle parts manufacturing.
- Michigan employs 60,960 industrial, mechanical, electrical and materials engineers.
- Michigan has 1,526 tool and die establishments in the state.
- Michigan employs 32,996 workers in tool and die.
Engineering Employment Numbers in Michigan by Occupation
Michigan’s highly skilled workforce is the reason it is still the hub of the automotive industry – as it has been since the dawn of the 20th century.
- Mechanical Engineers: Highest employment number in the country.
- Industrial Engineers: Highest employment number in the country.
- Electrical Engineers: Top 11 state in employment.
- Materials Engineers: Top 5 state in employment.
- Electro-Mechanical Technicians: Top 10 state in employment.
Global or North American Research and Development Headquarters
Additional Auto Manufacturers with Research and Development Facilities
Top-Notch Educational FacilitiesMichigan has 16 public universities, 30 community colleges, 37 private colleges and numerous trade schools throughout the state offering more than 600 automotive-related programs.
- Three major universities – Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University – make up the renowned University Research Corridor, collectively spending $1.6 billion on research and development (2009), the second highest in the nation.
- The University of Michigan ranks #6 in the nation in engineering research and development expenditures.
- U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Michigan’s mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and metallurgy programs #14, #18, and #26, respectively, in the world.
- U.S. News & World Report ranks Michigan State University’s supply chain management program #1 in the nation.
- Wayne State University’s electric-drive vehicle engineering programs include degrees in electric transportation technology,and electric-drive vehicle engineering in addition to a graduate certificate program in electric-drive vehicle engineering.
- The College for Creative Studies, Kettering University, Lawrence Technological University and Michigan Technological University are nationally distinguished industry-focused post-secondary educational institutions in Michigan.