General Motors yesterday held a LinkedIn Careers Chat with executive director of Body Engineering Greg Warden and the GM Recruiting team. GM’s LinkedIn Careers Chats allow aspiring engineers or those interested in a job with GM to talk to the team and have a better understanding of what it is they do and what having a job with GM is like.
Incase you missed the LinkedIn chat, GM’s Fastlane blog caught up with Warden to discuss what it’s like being an engineer with GM’s Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems team and what his job entails day to day.
Warden says the GM team looks for “for someone with a desire to innovate,” when hiring new engineers. The company places a high priority on open mindedness and says excellent communication skills are critical. Applicants should also have a passion to lead a product development team and of course, have a passion for vehicles.
Fastlane also inquired about Warden’s Body Engineering position and what it involves. He says Body Engineering entails all components of the body structure including “all doors, hoods, and rear closures, all associated hardware, and all exterior functional and styling elements.” They must balance the vehicles appearance with its functionality while also keeping costs, safety and convenience in mind as well.
Working for GM’s Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems team entails different jobs and tasks every day, but in the end, all members share the same goal of “building great cars, trucks and crossovers for GM’s customers,” Warden says.
Early in the process of a car’s development, engineers collaborate with company partners from the Design, Purchasing, Supply Chain and Manufacturing sectors to define engineering solutions that meet investment, performance and other set requirements. They then complete the design in detail, put prototype versions of vehicle through testing and address other product validation issues. Finally, engineers will work with suppliers and internal manufacturing teams to set manufacturing processes in place.
In all, Warden says the body engineering team at GM “prides itself in creating class-leading solutions that are second to none in terms of safety, styling, innovation, quality, and customer value.” You can read his full interview with Fastlane here and can learn about future GM Career Chats at GM’s LinkedIn page.