Almost everyone has worked for a faceless corporation before. Part of working for a faceless corporation typically includes going through a ridiculous training program in your first week, or so, that really has very little to actually do with the job you will be doing. The majority of these training programs get slept through or totally skimmed over just to get through it.

Well, GM is taking a new approach to training its engineers and it is one where they will actually learn something that will benefit them in their jobs. GM is placing newly hired engineers on various racing teams that the company sponsors in hopes of these youngsters learning the ins and outs of a racecar.

In the automotive repair world, you learn that former racecar mechanics typically make the best repair technicians, so we would figure that the same would ring true for engineers. Working on a racecar is like seeing a car go from 0 miles to 250,000 miles in a single race, thanks to the amount of stress these things endure. Learning how to maximize the lives and quality of these racecars, while keeping costs minimal and working on a tight deadline, is something that these engineers can transfer directly into the Impalas, Malibus, and Lacrosses we all drive.

Fortunately for the incoming engineers, there are plenty of race teams available to choose from, as GM has stake in eight major racing circuits, including: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Truck Series, Grand-Am Road Racing, NHRA, SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge, American Le Mans Series and Indycar.

Unfortunately, GM can’t take all of the credit for this innovative idea, as Honda’s been doing it for many years now. Regardless of who got there first, we have to give GM a lot of credit for taking their quality so seriously.


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  (1333) posted on 08.30.2012

Yeah, great knowledge awaits those who will join the training program. I wish I could come there too.

  (291) posted on 08.28.2012

Working on a race team can be a tough task. However, it’s a good opportunity for them as well.

  (692) posted on 08.27.2012

This is a good opportunity for those who will participate on the program. Great knowledge are on its way for them.

  (347) posted on 06.13.2012

Of course, they also need experience and hands-on approach.

  (592) posted on 06.11.2012

Almost everyone is beneficial to this, although of course, this would cost those who are basically involved.

  (798) posted on 06.8.2012

What a wonderful notion! It would be a great opportunity for the trainees too; aside from learning, they’re also able to hang around those amazing race cars!

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