The auto industry in India faces a talent crunch as the country gears up for the Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution. There aren’t enough engineers with expertise in the field, say executives and recruitment Cos. The overall employment of engineers related to the EV industry globally is projected to grow until 2028. Engineering Institutions face a spike in demand for Electric, Electronic, Mechanical and automobile disciplines, reveals a PSG admissions survey.
The demand for Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical engineers in India is over 5K and is likely to triple to over 15K starting in 2020, according to TeamLease. Only about a thousand engineers are now employed in EV and EV-related jobs due to unavailability of candidates.
Automotive giants like Tata, Mahindra, Maruti and Mercedes-Benz are queuing up at India’s premier engineering institutes. Tata Motors has started building its own pipeline of EV experts.
Chief people officer at Mahindra and Mahindra, Rajeshwar Tripathi, said “Hiring talent for EV is a very big challenge, EV is an emerging industry and the demand itself clearly outstrips the availability. The right talent is both in the context of the relevant expertise and also the requirement in numbers.”
Regarded as the future of mobility, Electric Vehicles and Alternative Fuel technology look upon institutions to address the existing shortage of talent. As countries look to cut down on emissions slash import bills, the demand for home-grown engineers is at an all-time high. “Government eyes drawing policies on EVs and alternative fuel to thrust e-mobility in India.” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also called on the automobile and energy sectors to invest in manufacturing Electric Vehicles and the required charging infrastructure.
Around June 2019, about 20,000 people applied for jobs at Mahindra Electric as the company looks to induct new employees with a passion for electric mobility. Mahindra is also tapping into the global talent pool and scouting for those with experience in related technologies in other industries. “However, we are able to get only about 30% of our total requirement from within the EV industry,” said Tripathi.
“Only about 1,000 engineers are working on EV Research & Development (R&D) and production across India,” said Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder, TeamLease. “Immediate initiatives are required to address the widening demand-supply gap… The auto industry itself has stepped up its hiring by 30% and IT/EV has been a major contributor.”
Auto companies are banking on Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and centrally funded technical schools for acquiring EV talents. “Over the next two years, demand is expected to rise three-fold up to 15,000 but supply is expected to be 10,000,” she added.
EV revolution drives demand for engineers up by 300%
5K Demand will increase to over 15K starting 2020
Automakers face crunch of EV engineers
Automakers look to engineering colleges to meet demand
Companies to train existing employees
Mercedes-Benz, which has one of its largest research centers in Bengaluru, outside Germany also visits campuses to absorb talent with a passion for electric mobility. Tata Motors, having faced competition for talent at campuses, is focused on building talent in-house.
“The smart way is to develop the talent simultaneously while developing the technologies,” said a Tata Motors spokesperson. “Building talent instead of ‘buying’ or ‘renting’ talent is far more effective… While there may be talent crunch, we have prepared ourselves ahead of the curve by developing and ring-fencing the talent, keeping pace with the technology development.”
Maruti Suzuki in its target to roll out electric vehicles in 2020 is fleet testing with 50 EV prototype vehicles. This will help Maruti Suzuki research and develop EV technology suitable for Indian climatic and road conditions.
There are a wide range of entry-level Electrical & Electronics engineering jobs in 2020 across India. While some professionals might work behind a computer, others might be out in the field, designing or troubleshooting machines. Job portals have a number of job listings for BE, B.Tech, ME, M.Tech, Diploma Fresh graduates in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. About 1.5K Electrical & Electronics Engineering vacancies in India are being posted on various job portals as of January 2020. The Government is on the lookout to hire Electrical & Electronics Engineers to address the change from fossil fuels to Electric and alternate energy.
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