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Getting a job with FCA

Discussion in 'Rumors and Speculation' started by MoparGuy413, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. MoparGuy413

    MoparGuy413 Active Member

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    I'm graduating in a month with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.

    My goal is to be an engineer at FCA and help improve the products that we all love.

    Quite frankly, I've applied for every position I feel I'm remotely qualified for. I've had 2 phone screens for 2 different positions, but haven't gone past that point, unfortunately.

    Every time I get a rejection, I apply for more jobs.

    I firmly believe that they can either hire me, or keep telling me no. But, I'm not going to go away. They'll just keep seeing my name pop up.
     
  2. Shane Estabrooks

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    awesome attitude dude... keep going and hope you get that job..
     
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  3. aldo90731

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    Hate to say it, but helps to know someone.

    See if you can connect through someone at Linkedin.

    Good luck!
     
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  4. MoparGuy413

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    If I knew who I could connect with on LinkedIn, I would
     
  5. dakota21

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    I'll be in the same position as you when I graduate in a year, except I'm an Industrial Engineer. The auto industry has a reputation for being hard to get into, but don't give up!

    After applying for a bunch of intern positions, I did get a summer vacation replacement intern position at FCA for the summer. Too bad it's only temporary. :(
     
  6. MoparGuy413

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    I'm not planning on giving up. I applied to 5-6 more positions at FCA today. HR is probably tired of seeing my name
     
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    What school do you go to? When I was there most of the engineers I knew were from local Michigan/Ohio schools.
     
  8. MoparGuy413

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    I go to Youngstown State, approximately 4 hours from Auburn Hills.

    I just want an opportunity for a face to face interview so I can convey the passion that I have for FCA. It's incredibly difficult to express that over a phone call
     
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    There are also the job offers of Magneti Marelli and COMAU in Michigan.
    The two are FCA companies.
     
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  10. Fast Eddie

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    I worked at the engineering center for 42 years and I agree with Cuda Pete about where most hires hires come from. In the Motorsports engine group we had one guy from Purdue and one from Minnesota and even had a woman engineer from Russia work with us for awhile but the rest of us were from the Detroit area.. If you can't get an interview at the Tech Center try one of the production plants like the Trenton engine plant or Jefferson or the Warren Truck plant or even the Toledo Jeep plant. There are good engineering jobs there that could give you a lot of experience and then eventually you could transfer to a job at CTC when something you like opens up.
     
  11. Dave Z

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    They have educational relationships with numerous schools, mostly in the midwest. You may be able to do one of those programs post-graduation (e.g. for a master’s degree). That’s the traditional way in, dating to the 1950s. No question but that living in the area helps. There will be Chrysler people at the CEMA show on June 10, I have no idea if you will meet any or not, they don't wear nametags.

    Two phone screens isn’t bad, at least you got that far! When I was looking for work after college, I rarely made it that far.
     
  12. aldo90731

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    If you have the time, you may want to consider working at a CDJR dealership for 6-12 months.

    When I started my research career 25 years ago, I wanted to focus on the auto industry. I applied and applied but didn't get any responses. So I put my MBA in a drawer, quit my fancy job at Canada's most prestigious research firm, and went to sell cars at a CDJR dealership three blocks from my house.

    When I applied for my first job in automotive research at JD Power a year later, it impressed them that I had actually worked at a dealership. The director who hired me said in the interview "I wish I could send everyone of my analysts to work at a dealership for a couple weeks to learn about all this stuff we write about."

    That job tought me lots in terms of the dealership operations and mindset, about their relationship with automakers, and about the customer experience. And it prepared me for my own personal interactions with dealerships for the rest of my life.

    I consider myself having built a pretty successful career in automotive consulting since them. But man I tell you, selling cars was one of the hardest things I ever did. Nevertheless, that stint spoke about my passion and commitment to automotive better than anything I could put into words, and I would do it all over again.

    Or, since you are in engineering, consider a side entry into FCA through a Motorsports vendor, etc.

    Just a thought.
     
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  13. MoparGuy413

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    I forgot that I have a contact at FCA from my university. I somewhat know this person from both of us being involved in the same senior design project, SAE Mini Baja.

    I reached out to him this morning asking who I can contact or what I can do to move past a phone screen.
     
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    I assume you have great grades?

    Also - Don't use the latest buzzwords like "reach out". That turns off a lot of folks that interview and actually hire folks.
    Contract guys that I worked with, using the latest jargon, never got hired direct.
     
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    Getting into the auto industry was one of the reasons I transferred from Rutgers to Detroit. That did get me into Chrysler as a co-op but eventually found myself back in NJ when the economy tanked in the late 80's.
     
  16. MoparGuy413

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    Had I known that 4-5 years ago, before I started, I would've tried to go to UM or MSU or Wayne State, somewhere like that. But, I didn't, so I need to make the best of what I can
     
  17. AC TC

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    Try to get hired in production or maintance, youll do yourself a big favor ( you have actually seen the reality..) and its a great merit to have.
    - i actually hate these new super engineers that doesent have any experienc and no handskills....they Think that the know better but they dont know a sh...
    But now and then does the golden one appear who have the practical skills and a brain that doesent automaticaly says i know best since ive graduated. Here we have a great engineer.
     
  18. rapidtrans

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    Try one of the Tier 1 suppliers in the Auburn Hills and Troy areas. You will make contact with many Big 3 engineers. Many people make the jump that way. My family is all retired now from Chrysler, GM and VWA. Not all started with an auto co. right out of college.
     
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  19. cygnus

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    You have to play the angles, brute force won't get you in. You may think they will recognize your tenacity in applying over and over and they will eventually let you in, but no one really cares. Like others in this thread have already mentioned, there are entry points that will have you in close contact to Chrysler (Magneti Marelli, COMAU, MOPAR) that might lead to a job at CTC.

    CTC cherry picks graduates from top 10 engineering schools; you have HR drones that don't know much of anything taking hiring spec sheets from overworked managers. Missing a checkbox for a particular skill? Your paper gets passed on.

    Ease up on the enthusiasm until you make it as far as the hiring manager. Phone screens are behavioral gates by HR. There's a fine line between showing passion and coming off as desperate. Save the passion if you get far enough to talk to the hiring manager, and even then, lay it on conservatively. Be polite, confident, and speak in a measured pace/tone.

    I don't mean to discourage you, I just want to inform you of the reality of the situation.

    Another thing - you don't know your competition. Guys working for suppliers that get beat on every day (by OEMs) have been trying for years to make it into the mother-ship/get into an OEM. It's extremely competitive out there.

    Anyways, I found something that might be a good fit for you - Mopar Tool Engineering Summer Vacation Replacement Job in Center Line, MI at FCA US (at http://find.fcagroupcareers.com/s/Job-Details/Mopar-Tool-Engineering-Summer-Vacation-Replacement-Job/Center-Line-MI/xjdp-cl289866-jf403-ct106487-jid72528237-coUS )

    Good luck, let us know how your search goes.

    ps - if you have any relatives in the Detroit area or can somehow claim a Detroit area mailing address, I would highly recommend using this on your resume.
     
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  20. rapidtrans

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    With a degree in Mech. Eng. try a companies like Magna, ABB etc. Once in the area, network with friends in neighborhood, church, gym etc.
    Impressed by posters desire to work at CTC. Not one of my 13 nephews or nieces were even interested in the car companies. One nephew interned at Toyota while at UofM. All move outstate. When we graduated college the big 3 were all over campus and considered dream jobs for life.
     

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