DETROIT (WWJ) – General Motors announced Monday details on 2,000 new high-tech jobs being created by GM, with 1,500 of those jobs coming to the Warren Tech Center.

Officials said GM is out to bring more of its information technology operations in-house. Right now, most of the company’s IT is handled outside the automaker. To that end, GM is spending $300 million on new IT innovation centers in Warren and in Austin, Texas. GM said its recruiters are visiting U.S. college campuses this fall and participating in local job fairs targeting IT professionals.

Governor Rick Snyder said he’s happy about the new developments, seeing how it will make Michigan a bigger player in high-tech, keep younger workers from moving away and even attract younger workers to the state.

“GM’s impressive recent growth can only be enhanced by the new Innovation Center going into the Warren Tech Center campus and we applaud this world-class auto company for tapping the technology talents of the world’s premier manufacturing work force,” Snyder said. “Our strength in engineering, research and development is a core Michigan asset that will mean good jobs in an innovative and exciting industry for all who pursue careers in scientific and technology fields.  We as a state, and we as parents, must commit to training our kids to do these jobs.”

The complete text from GM’s announcement is as follows:

General Motors is opening an Information Technology Innovation Center in Warren, Mich., and expects to hire up to 1,500 high-tech employees over the next several years to support the company’s new approach to IT services.

The GM Michigan Innovation Center is the second of four planned Innovation Centers in the United States. GM last month announced the opening of the first facility in Austin, Texas, where 500 new IT jobs will be created.

“We’re currently seeking the next generation of game-changers to help us usher in a new age of automotive innovation at GM,” said GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott.

The IT Innovation Centers play a critical role in GM’s overall IT business strategy. GM is looking to create and deliver IT services with new capabilities that will help the company improve its performance, drive down the cost of ongoing operations and increase the level of innovation delivered to GM customers. To support this approach, GM is moving to a more in-sourced IT business services model as part of its overall IT Transformation.

“GM is executing an IT best practice by insourcing IT services and making them a strategic part of assuring GM remains a fast-moving leader,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group in San Jose, Calif. “This is also one of the best opportunities for IT professionals to work in the automotive industry.”

Available positions include software development, project management, database management and business analysis. GM is recruiting recent college graduates and experienced professionals for these jobs.
GM recruiters are visiting U.S. college campuses this fall and participating in local job fairs targeting IT professionals.

For more information and to apply for one of these positions, click here.

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