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Metro Detroit challenges Silicon Valley for engineering talent

As the auto industry recovers and gains its footing top tier engineering jobs have become the coin of the realm. Aggressively courting talent, companies like GM and Ford are starting to take on Silicon Valley as the place to find work.


"Expertise in cloud computing, mobile software applications and energy management are in demand in the Motor City as automakers replace car stereos with Internet radio and gasoline engines with motors powered by lithium-ion batteries. Technology job postings in the Detroit area doubled last year, making it the fastest-expanding region in the country, according to Dice Holdings Inc. (DHX), a job-listing website.

"There's a war for talent out there, and it's only going to get worse," said Jim Bazner, vice president of human capital solutions at MSX International in Southfield, Michigan, which helps automakers find specialized employees. "There are hundreds of jobs, and all the automakers are hiring." "

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