Michigan is Auto

Intelligent Mobility: Leading Connected Vehicle Technology

Michigan is uniquely positioned to lead the world in the development and integration of automotive technology that will define 21st century intelligent mobility. Learn more.

Talent and R&D: Engineering a Workforce

Michigan remains the preeminent place for auto-related research and development, where key industry players from around the world have facilities to remain at the forefront of innovation. Learn more.

Business Climate: Emerging as a National Leader

Michigan continues to streamline regulations and improve its business and tax climate as it emerges as the Comeback state. Learn more.

Global Investment and Commerce: The Crossroads of North American Economic Activity

From Michigan’s supplier network or the logistical infrastructure to moving freight anywhere in the world, the assets in the Motor State make it a magnet for automotive investment. Learn more.

Advanced Manufacturing Expertise: Michigan’s Unrivaled Production

In addition to top tier engineering talent, Michigan employs a highly skilled manufacturing labor force at nationally competitive wages. Learn more.

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.

In 2017,

  • 17 OEMs call Michigan
  • 11 assembly plants build 23 models
  • 60 of the top 100 auto suppliers to North America who have headquarter operations and an additional 32 suppliers who have a major presence.
  • Nearly 180,000 Michiganders worked for motor vehicle, motor vehicle body and motor vehicle parts manufacturing companies
  • Michigan companies employ more than 71,000 industrial, mechanical, electrical and materials engineers
  • Michigan has 1,415 tool and die establishments in the state which employ more than 36,000 workers
  • Michigan companies exported more than $29.9 billion in transportation equipment across the globe

engineers in michigan graphicHighly Skilled, Competitive Workforce

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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