During the near collapse of the American auto industry a few years ago, Ford fared the best. While Chrysler and General Motors relied on government funds to stay afloat, Ford was able to keep going on its own. During 2010, sales of Ford cars were up 17 percent over 2009. The company also saw growth in utility vehicles (+13 percent) and trucks (+27 percent). Ford has now announced that it will be adding 7,000 new jobs to help keep pace with this growth.

Over the next two years, Ford will be adding more than 7,000 new salaried and hourly jobs here in the United States. Approximately 4,000 hourly jobs will be added at manufacturing facilities this year. Of the 4,000 hourly jobs expected this year, 1,800 will be at the Louisville Assembly Plant in preparation of the next-generation Ford Escape. Ford is planning to add an additional 2,500 manufacturing positions in 2012.

Ford is also expanding its workforce in preparation for the upcoming Ford Focus Electric and other electrified vehicles. An additional 750 salaried product development and manufacturing engineering jobs will be created in 2011.

Ford is looking for engineers with experience in system controls, batteries, software and energy storage for positions in Detroit, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Milwaukee, Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina and San Jose. Recruitment for these positions begins today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.