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“Career Opportunities in a Greener Automotive Industry”

Noel R. Baril

Director – Group Human Resources

Technical Operations

Chrysler LLC

SAE World Congress

Cobo Hall

April 15, 2008

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  • Changing Competitive Landscape

  • Chrysler’s Commitment to Environment

  • Workplace Changes

  • Career Opportunities

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Changing Competitive Landscape

  • Legislation and public sentiment are changing the competitive landscape of the automotive industry:

    • Global warming

    • Public concern about rising fuel costs

  • Going green in the automotive industry began several years ago with the introduction of lower emission standards

  • Environmental focus has expanded to encompass greater fuel economy and alternate fuel sources

  • Providing environmentally friendly products is becoming the norm across industries

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Benefits of Greener Companies

  • Society of Human Resources Survey (SHRM) 2008 Green Workplace Study

  • Companies say it’s not easy being green, but the benefits are great:

    • 44%Improved morale

    • 42%Stronger public image

    • 20%Increased consumer/customer confidence/choice

    • 19%Positive financial bottom line

    • 16%Increased employee loyalty

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Going Green: Impact on the Workplace

  • Creating environmental policies and practices

  • Educating employees on environmental issues

  • Encouraging employees to work more environmentally friendly

  • Providing flexible work arrangements

  • Implementing programs that support an eco-friendly culture

    • Offering recycling programs for office products

    • Donating and discounting used office furniture and supplies to employees or local charities

  • Ensuring efficient lighting systems and equipment

    • Installing automatic shutoff equipment

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Chrysler Commitment to Environment

Chrysler LLC is dedicated to protecting the health of our community, our natural resources and the global environment. We are addressing environmental challenges by working continuously to improve the environmental performance of our products and operations. Our longstanding commitment to the environment is reflected in eco-compatible innovations in our products, the greening of our manufacturing operations, support of the development of advanced sustainable technologies and our leadership in promoting the use of alternative fuels.






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Improving Fuel Economy and Range

  • Chrysler LLC, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and BMW have joined forces to develop an advanced two-mode hybrid system

    • Represents a major automotive industry milestone

    • First Chrysler products to feature technology will be the 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid and 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

  • Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a Chrysler LLC Company, has been in operation for almost 10 years

    • Battery-electric vehicles represent a relatively new vehicle in an emerging market segment

  • ENVI organization responsible for bringing electric-drive vehicles and related advanced-propulsion technologies to market

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Developing Products that Minimize Impact on the Environment

  • Chrysler LLC has been an automotive industry environmental pioneer for the past 15 years

    • In 1993, the former Chrysler Corporation was the first manufacturer to produce vehicles meeting California’s Low Emission Vehicle, Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle and partial Zero Emission Vehicle standards

  • Today, Chrysler LLC has promised that 50% of its vehicles will be capable of running on alternative fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel by 2012

    • Currently have 11 models available as an E85-capable Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV)

    • Chrysler has sold more than 1.5 million FFVs in the past decade

    • Dodge Ram with 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel – already meets the EPA’s stringent 2010 emission standards

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2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango Hybrids

  • Hybrid fuel efficiency combined with full-size SUV performance, capability and utility

  • HEMI® with Multiple Displacement System coupled with hybrid technology

  • Combination of low- and high-speed electric continuously variable transmission (ECVT) modes creates advanced, two-mode hybrid

  • Delivers more than 25 percent overall fuel economy improvement

  • Full-size SUVs boast nearly 40 percent fuel economy improvement in the city

  • 6,000 pounds towing capability

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Concept Vehicles and Technology from ENVI

  • Range extended electric vehicle technology (REEV)

  • Eco-friendly -- minimizes use of materials

  • Combines 40-mile lithium-ion battery pack with three different ways of addressing energy concerns

  • Jeep Renegade – clean diesel REEV

  • Dodge ZEO – All electric

  • Chrysler ecoVoyager – hydrogen fuel cell powered

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Special Edition 10th Anniversary GEM

  • Commemorates 10 years of green transportation at Global Electric Motorcars LLC

  • Battery-powered, zero tailpipe emission vehicles

  • Available as 2-, 4- and 6-passenger models, utility vehicles

  • More than 35,000 GEM neighborhood electric vehicles worldwide

  • Recognized by WestStart-CALSTART with 2007 Blue Sky Merit Award for its positive impact on air quality in California

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Reinvesting in and Preserving the Environment

  • In recent years, Chrysler LLC has invested more than $10 billion in communities where we have our roots

  • Billions of dollars have been spent to construct or refurbish production facilities, or in some cases, support local developers to ensure industrious use of the sites, including more than $165 million to recondition Brownfield sites

  • Over the past 15 years, nearly 40 sites have undergone environmental and economic transformation

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Greening our Manufacturing Operations

  • Two of Chrysler’s facilities, the Newark, Delaware Assembly Plant and the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) in Dundee, Michigan have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status

  • All Chrysler facilities in Mexico are zero wastewater discharge facilities In recent years

  • Chrysler is the world leader in applying powder primer technology to our products – resulting in no emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or hazardous air pollutants (HAPs)

  • Since 1991, the company has researched recycling technologies aimed at reducing the amount of a vehicle that goes to landfill

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Chrysler Engineering Careers

  • Engineering innovation is vital to remain competitive and successfully carry out our future product plan

  • Equally important is our ability to attract, retain and motivate top talent

  • Many years ago, the dual career ladder structure was implemented in support of these objectives

  • Structure provides a mechanism to leverage the resources, skills and talents of our workforce while providing individuals an opportunity to enjoy a career path based on their professional interests and aspirations

Engineering Career Paths

ManagerialCareer Path

Technical Specialist

Career Path

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Chrysler Engineering Careers

  • Guide the technological direction for future product innovation

  • Share knowledge, coach and mentoring others

  • Drive state-of-the-art technology

  • Stay abreast on ever changing technology

  • Support disciplined decision making

Technical Specialist Roles and Responsibilities:

Distribution of Specialists by Function

Product Teams 7.0%

EE Core 11.2%

Powertrain 37.1%

Other 19.3%

Scientific Labs 25.4%

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Chrysler Engineering Careers

Technical Fellow

Technical Specialist

Technical Senior Specialist

  • Bachelors Degree in ME or EE or related technical field

  • Masters Degree in ME or EE or related technical field

  • Masters Degree in ME or EE or related technical field


  • Pd.D., PE or MBB


  • 8 years

  • 10 years

  • 12 years

  • Ability to direct, lead, teach and inspire

  • Demonstrated communication skills

  • Influence and decision capability


  • Patents, Papers, Publications, External Involvement, Problem Solving, etc.


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Career Opportunities in a Greener Automotive Industry: Education

  • Engineering – Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Materials

  • Engineering Science

  • Computer Science

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

  • Applied Sciences / Math

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Career Opportunities in a Greener Automotive Industry: Experience

  • Simulation and modeling experience - to help optimize full vehicle efficiency (i.e., fuel economy)

  • Understanding of the vehicle as a system and the ability to synthesize information from multiple perspectives

  • Combustion system knowledge

  • Powertrain controls (algorithm knowledge and aptitude)

  • Exhaust after treatment experience (capable of developing new CAFE-driven powertrain systems with minimum precious metal requirements)

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Career Opportunities in a Greener Automotive Industry: Experience

  • Hybrid Electrical Vehicle Powertrain Systems

    • Engine Controls and Calibration

    • Transmission Calibration and Controls

    • Electric Motor Control and Calibration

    • Hybrid Operating Knowledge

    • Energy Management

    • Regenerative Brake System

    • Transmission Clutch and Hydraulic Control

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Career Opportunities in a Greener Automotive Industry: Experience

  • Battery Systems

    • Battery Management System/Controls

    • Battery State Estimator Algorigthms

    • Battery Pack/module/cell Testing

    • Battery Chemistry (High Voltage Lithium Ion )

  • System Integration & Matching

    • Powertrain Simulation and Matching, System Validation

    • Advanced Technology / Concept Evaluation

    • Powertrain Electrical Engineering Control Systems, Network and Architecture, Diagnostics, Tools

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Career Opportunities in a Greener Automotive Industry: Behaviors

  • Leadership Capability

    • Change Management

    • Individual / Team

  • Communication Skills

    • Written

    • Verbal

  • Action Orientation

  • Problem Solving

  • Process Thinking

  • Ethics / Integrity / Values Diversity (treats people with respect)

  • Encourages Collaboration (acts as a team player)

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Career Opportunities in a Greener Automotive Industry: What We Can Expect

  • More collaborative relationships and partnerships forming between companies

    • Fuel economy

    • Technical innovation

  • Increased alliances with government and universities

  • Career development programs aligned to company green objectives

  • Reward and recognition structures that support development of green skills

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Closing Comments

  • A greener automotive industry:

    • Provides exciting new opportunities for current and prospective employees

    • Allows individuals to make a positive impact on society and give back to the community

  • It’s not easy being green, but the benefits are great!

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