Job seekers probably have a better chance of hitting the lottery than getting hired at General Motors anytime soon. While that's the case for many OEMs, GM's Tom Thivierge, director of talent acquisition, tells us that resume activity at the automaker has doubled in the past year. "We're getting about 350,000 resumes every six months," says Thivierge, who seems remarkably calm for someone who has got to be up to his ears in paper. "GM is becoming a company of choice," he says. Though Thivierge says that the caliber of current job applicants is outstanding, GM will hire only about 1,000 employees in the coming year. A graduate with an engineering degree who makes the cut (those with a GPA of 3.8 or better out of 4.0) will start near $52k. They'll also pocket a signing bonus of $2 to $3k.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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