Siemens' strong global results for the second quarter of FY2011 were released, and the company's strong performance resulted in an increased 2011 profit forecast. The US remains the company's largest market with sales growing 9 percent and order intake up 15 percent.
"As the economy continues to grow, particularly the manufacturing industry, our orders and sales are increasing and we have added more than 1,000 new jobs to our US workforce in just the last two quarters to keep up with the demand," said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens Corporation.
All three of the company's Sectors – Industry, Energy and Healthcare – contributed to these results, but job growth was concentrated in the Industrial Automation, Building Efficiency, Smart Grid and IT areas.
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"Siemens is the No. 1 supplier of industrial technology in the world, now we want to become the No. 1 supplier of good-paying, high-tech jobs in America," said Daryl Dulaney, president and CEO, Siemens Industry, Inc. "Reports say job growth is modest, but we are aggressively recruiting and training the next generation of talented manufacturers and engineers."
In the Building Technologies division, which is seeing an increase in orders to retrofit and upgrade buildings with energy-efficient and automation solutions, there are more than 400 open positions in the Sales, Engineering and Field Service job categories. In particular, Field Service expects to add approximately 100 new technicians per year over the next 3-4 years at both the entry and experienced level. In an effort to prepare junior technicians for these roles, a comprehensive training program has been developed to enhance the training experience for newly hired technicians and significantly reduce the time to deploy these individuals to service customers.
These jobs will support customers like the Jersey City Housing Authority, which recently signed a $9 million contract with Siemens for a wide range of energy improvements to more than 1,600 apartments. This is one of the largest energy efficiency contracts ever signed in New Jersey, and once completed, the energy savings from these upgrades will have an impact equivalent to removing more than 7,100 cars from the road.
There is also significant growth in products and solutions related to the building of smart grid infrastructure in the US – from power generation and meters to monitoring, voltage regulators, reclosers, disconnectors, smart buildings and lighting.
Siemens was recently commissioned to provide and install multi-level electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to support Loudoun County, Virginia's new commuter park and ride lot in Scott Jenkins Memorial Park. Siemens' EV charging stations will be equipped with connectivity via the largest and longest-running EV charging services network in the world, the ChargePoint® Network. The open-system EV charging network allows access to all manufacturers of vehicle charging stations, provides 24/7 station monitoring and driver support, and is the only charging network with mobile apps for real-time station status and charging notifications. The charging stations are scheduled to be installed at the park by May 2011.
Siemens' Smart Grid Applications business established its headquarters last year in the Raleigh area of North Carolina and in the past 4 months has filled 26 positions, and expects to hire an additional 100 employees by the end of 2012. Most of the jobs require expertise in electrical engineering, power systems engineering, project management and software development to work in business development and in applications like e-vehicle infrastructure, meter data management and power systems design.
Where the jobs are: Siemens hiring trends reflect recent business growth