Daimler Trucks to complete engineering staffing


With firms across the country beginning to ramp up hiring plans, many have once again begun to engage in engineering staffing. Specifically, many automotive companies are seeking engineers for opportunities that have arisen out of increasing demand for vehicles, reports suggest. 

One recent example of this can be seen at Daimler Trucks North America, which has announced plans to hire people for roles including administrative positions, engineering, information technology, finance and operations in Portland, Oregon, according to the Portland Business Journal.

The company is currently looking to fill engineering roles and a project manager position with recent college graduates, the media outlet reports. Candidates selected for these roles will take part in Daimler's CAReer — The Talent Program, which involves getting employment experience in foreign markets and training in various capacities.

A total of 33 new jobs are expected to be filled at the company's corporate headquarters in Portland or at Daimler's research and development facility located on Oregon's Swan Island, the news source said. 

"We have seen a resurgence in customer interest and orders over the last year as economic and industry recovery gained increasing momentum," David Carson, general manager of human resources, in a statement, according to the news source. "We filled over 200 positions in Portland alone during the first quarter of 2012 and are continuing our search for talented and motivated candidates."

The announcement comes after the automaker announced plans to staff engineering roles in Portland at the end of last year, Portland Business Journal reports. Daimler Truck North America stated at the time that it would hire 350 people for its Swan Island plant. In addition, the company stated plans to staff 150 roles related to engineering. The company stated that around 75 of those would be located at its Portland headquarters.

Chief executive officer Martin Daum stated that he planned to expand the capacity of the Swan Island location as a result of rising demand for new offerings and increasing efficiencies in production, according to the media outlet.

Adding the 350 new positions increased the headcount at facility to a total of 1,050, the news source reports. The company also has almost 2,000 white-collar professionals at its headquarters location.

The October 2011 announcement was the second one that was made related to the company hiring additional workers, according to the media outlet. The declaration served as a sharp contrast to the situation reached in January 2009, when the truck maker stated that it would close its Swan Island facility.