Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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For your convenience, here is a list of the questions asked most often by visitors to our website.
Please read these FAQs first before sending your feedback, as the answer to your question may be already provided here.
Q. How can my university become part of PACE?
A. The local GM engineering management recommends a university or institution for PACE. This may be the head of engineering, design, powertrain, or manufacturing in that country. The schools recommended are those from which the local GM unit recruits and hires engineers and/or designers.
Q. How can university students who are studying engineering or design participate in PACE?
A. PACE is a program for universities to participate with, not for individuals to participate with outside of their school. If your university is a PACE Institution, please contact the Engineering College, the Mechanical Engineering department, or the Art/Design department for the name of the PACE Integrator(s) at your college. S/he can provide information about the PACE activities and opportunities on your campus.
Q. I love cars, and I want to become an automotive designer or engineer when I graduate. What classes should I take to prepare myself?
A. The GM website has helpful information about careers, making vehicles, technology, and teen driving at: http://education.gm.com/9-12
You may also find this page helpful - it's titled "Cool Jobs" and has information about some of the jobs at GM and how to prepare for them: http://education.gm.com/9-12/cool-jobs
Also check out the GM Careers and GM Design Education pages on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/generalmotorscareers and https://www.facebook.com/GMDesignEducation
Q. Why should I consider attending a PACE Institution? What is the advantage of doing so?
A. PACE provides computer hardware and software, training, automotive parts, and industry-related projects to the engineering and design departments at a select group of universities around the world. PACE links GM, Autodesk, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens PLM Software and Sun Microsystems to support those institutions, and to develop the automotive product lifecycle management (PLM) team of the future. Integrating PLM into the academic curriculum is critical for preparing young people to enter the work world with the knowledge and skills needed for successful transition into industry.
Q. Does GM hire engineers and designers only from PACE Institutions?
A. GM hires graduates from many different universities, including PACE Institutions. The GM careers website (http://www.gm.com/corporate/careers/) has much information about the jobs and careers at GM, about recruiting at college campuses, and more.
Q. Does PACE provide scholarships or internships for college students?
A. No, PACE does not offer internships, co-ops, or scholarships. Please see the General Motors website for information about internships at GM: http://careers.gm.com/student-center.html
Q. Is PACE available to high school students?
A. PACE is a partnership between universities and companies. PACE provides computer hardware and software, training, automotive parts, and industry-related projects to the engineering and design departments at a select group of universities around the world. The universities and companies that participate in PACE are listed on our website at: http://www.pacepartners.org/
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