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2023 Co-Op - Manufacturing Engineering - Global Propulsion Systems

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  • Students & Recent Graduates
  • Full Time
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  • JR-000087747


As a Manufacturing Engineering Global Propulsion Systems Cooperative Education Program Student, you will participate in the GM EXCEL (Exploring Careers through Experiential Learning) Program. Opportunities to perform multiple co-op work assignments to satisfy the cooperative education requirements of your academic institution necessary to obtain your degree is possible, with continuing positive performance. Successfully complete all deliverables for your specific project(s), including completing any/all corporate required/site specific/department specific and any optional training; gathering and analysis of data/information; development of findings and recommendations; presentation of findings and recommendations to team and to leadership.  

Projects may be available within any of the following Teams within our organization:  

  • Program / Launch Execution (multiple Products)
  • Engine Assembly – Process Engineering
  • Transmission Assembly & Electric Drive Units – Process Engineering
  • Battery Pack Assembly – Process Engineering
  • Battery Module Assembly – Process Engineering
  • Fuel Cell Manufacturing – Process Engineering
  • Controls Strategy & Standards
  • Controls Program/Launch Execution
  • Verification & Testing Systems
  • AV/Fuel Cell Program Execution
  • Global Safety Expert Team
  • Semi-Permanent Mold & Precision Sand Castings
  • Die Casting
  • Casting Tooling Design
  • Prismatic Machining
  • Gears & Shafts
  • Cutting Tools & Manufacturing Process Analysis
  • Rotating & Reciprocating
  • Joining & Welding
  • eMotor Fabrication & Assembly
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Lean Material Strategies
  • Operational Excellence
  • Measurement Systems Engineering
  • Agile Strategy & Development
  • Strategic Planning & Asset Management
  • Technical Processes
  • Product Interface
  • Business Processes

Perform specific project/assignment(s) within a Headquarters and/or manufacturing facility environment (including suppliers). Can include involvement with any of the Propulsion Systems components or assemblies currently being manufactured or, those being developed for future manufacture, and any of the Machinery & Equipment &/or Manufacturing Processes related to them. May include activities such as:  

  • Analyze make/purchase components for the best method of manufacture / assembly / test. 
  • Propose and/or evaluate manufacturing processes and/or plant layouts for machinery & equipment in assigned area and/or product program 
  • Direct the design, development, analysis, and/or improvement of manufacturing processes for an assigned area or program 
  • Provide technical support to Operations personnel for specific plant machinery & equipment, including specifications, purchase, runoff, installation, debug, PPAP, and ramp-up activities (Launch Execution)
  • Regular contact with others outside the assigned work group, and/or outside of GM, as required 
  • Develop Tooling, Tool Change and/or associated manufacturing processes 
  • Prepare and deliver reports on work progress 
  • Gather, analyze and report on data 
  • Investigate problems and recommend/analyze possible solutions 

Job locations can be at Manufacturing Engineering headquarters within the Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, at the Pontiac Engineering Center (Pontiac, MI) or in various plant locations throughout the U.S.A.  Plant locations may include:  

  • Warren, MI  
  • Saginaw, MI  
  • Defiance, OH  
  • Bedford, IN  
  • Romulus, MI  
  • Tonawanda, NY  
  • Grand Rapids, MI  
  • Flint, MI  
  • Lansing, MI  
  • Orion, MI  
  • Arlington, TX  
  • Bowling Green, KY  
  • Spring Hill, TN  
  • Wentzville, MO  
  • Fairfax, KS  
  • Parma, OH  
  • Toledo, OH
  • Lake Orion, MI
  • Hamtramck, MI
  • Columbus, OH

Additional Description


  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Materials Science Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Controls, or Chemical Engineering 

  • Must be graduating between in fall 2023 or later

  • Able to work fulltime, 40 hours per week

  • Willingness to work in a plant/manufacturing environment

  • Enrolled in a co-op program at your university

Preferred Experience:

  • Worked with or exposure to manufacturing processes for:
    • Casting/Foundry
    • Powertrain machining/assembly
  • Mechanical Engineering applications
  • Electrical / Controls /Computer Engineering applications
  • Industrial Engineering applications
  • Chemical Engineering applications
  • Materials Science applications
  • Gear Engineering & Manufacturing 
  • Battery Assembly
  • Fuel Cell Technology 
  • Electric Motors / Electric Drive Unit Technology
  • Engineering Documentation / Planning
  • Testing & Verification / Quality Systems
  • Maintenance applications

Desired Skills:

  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship management skills with the ability to effectively collaborate with varying levels of the organization and external contacts related to work assignments

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to impart complex subjects to a wider audience

  • Emerging partnership and collaboration skills and ability to learn from and share knowledge with co-workers in a fast-paced environment

  • High level of integrity, ability to deal with ambiguity, takes initiative/self-directed

  • Evidence of strong character with integrity, honesty, accountability, and trust

  • Knowledge of statistical methods as applied to experimental design and process development  

  • Demonstrated leadership in field of study, extracurricular activities or service organizations  

Work Location: This role offers the following work appropriately strategies: [Confirm acceptable work appropriately strategies]

  • Onsite: This position requires an employee to be on-site on a full-time basis.

  • Hybrid: This position does not require an employee to be onsite full-time to perform most effectively. The employee’s role enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired.

The start date for these roles are for 2023. GM will provide a one-time lump sum taxable stipend payment to each student selected for the 2023 Student Program.


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Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

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