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Michigan: The Auto Capital of the World

automotive news production numbersIn 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 63 of the top 100 auto suppliers to North America.
  • Michigan has 1,741 motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts manufacturer establishments in the state, employing 134,161 skilled workers.
  • Michigan employs 164,795 workers in motor vehicle, motor vehicle body and motor vehicle parts manufacturing.
  • Michigan employs 65,430 industrial, mechanical, electrical and materials engineers.
  • Michigan has 1,415 tool and die establishments in the state.
  • Michigan employs 35,893 workers in tool and die.

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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 4 state in employment.
  • Materials Engineers: Top 8 state in employment.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians: Top 6 state in employment.

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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 $2.08 billion on research and development (2012), the fourth  highest among peer clusters.
  • 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.
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