Engineering, Design & Development
Michigan’s Upsurge in Engineering Opportunity
Michigan is leading the next generation of technology thanks to the state’s density of manufacturers, suppliers and R&D facilities. New engineering, design and development companies, from manufacturers to research facilities, are investing in Michigan innovation. Whether you’re interested in EV and semiconductor design or a lucrative career as an electrical engineer, Michigan is home to the R&D firms and global employers to take you there.
And when you’re ready to level up in your career, you can in Michigan, with local universities and community colleges offering upskilling opportunities across the state, including Wayne State University’s Short Courses, for engineers looking to learn the latest technological applications.
Major Employers in Engineering, Design and Development
Engineering firms are growing in Michigan, with new and expanding businesses adding jobs daily. Whether you’re looking for an entry-level position or a place to show off your design expertise, you’ll find it in Michigan.
Hilite InternationalLocations in: Whitehall
The Institute for Advanced Composites ManufacturingLocations in: Detroit
KLA CorporationLocations in: Ann Arbor
LIFTLocations in: Detroit
Navitas SystemsLocations in: Ann Arbor
University Research CorridorLocations in: Lansing
Masco CorporationLocations in: Livonia
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The Blueprint for Innovation
Michigan is home to textbook engineering opportunities, whether you’re looking for an employer on the edge of innovation or one that supports a strategic work-life balance. More than 3,000 engineering and design businesses employ thousands across the state, including companies like Hilite International and Masco International, some of the state’s largest employers.
Along with four other state governments (Colorado, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee), Michigan also partners with the Composites Institute. This group works with industry leaders, academics and governments to advance composite material applications and generate new engineering jobs across the state.
Abounding in Expertise
Want to become part of one of Michigan’s most innovative industries? Universities and colleges throughout the state offer extensive training in Engineering, Design and Development, including the No. 7 ranked graduate engineering program in the country at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Michigan Technological University offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering that is 40% customizable to your chosen career field. And if you’re looking to gain industry experience while you earn your degree, Michigan STEM Forward is a statewide initiative that matches students with innovative design and engineering firms.
Stay at the Top of Your Game
Michigan is a prime destination to jumpstart your career in engineering. Currently experiencing a surge in engineering jobs, the state is ramping up efforts to provide education and upskilling opportunities. Whether it’s short continuing education courses at Wayne State University’s College of Engineering or online certification programs like the University of Michigan’s Nexus, you can quickly gain the engineering skills necessary to lead in our rapidly changing world.
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