BMW Hosts University Day.

Spartanburg, SC - 08/19/2015

Engages South Carolina Colleges and Universities In Student Recruiting Strategy.

In an effort to create demand for graduate and undergraduate positions within the company, BMW Manufacturing hosted over 20 different South Carolina-based colleges and universities. The goal of the event was to increase awareness of various student opportunities available at the company’s South Carolina factory. BMW offers intern and co-op positions for undergraduates, as well as opportunities for engineering and operations management positions for recent college graduates. This event comes as the company is in the midst of filling 800 new jobs by the end of 2016.

“As BMW’s outreach partners, South Carolina colleges and universities play an important part of BMW’s recruiting efforts. They have the potential to help significantly grow and develop our future workforce,” said Johannes Trauth, Vice President of Human Resources, BMW Manufacturing Co. “Our desire is to enable counselors to assist students in making decisions about potential careers in automotive manufacturing.”

Attending BMW University Day was Kelly Bell, Director of Career Services for Anderson University. “The most beneficial aspect of BMW University Day for Anderson University was learning about internship opportunities that are available to students who are non-engineering majors in undergraduate and graduate programs, in addition to the engineering/operations program,” said Bell. Anderson University recently placed their first co-op at BMW. Mason Child is a rising Senior at Anderson University and is serving the first term of a three-term rotation in logistics/supply chain management. “I’ve learned so much in my first couple of months here.  I’m challenged every day with the projects I work on,” said Child. “I’m fortunate to be able to work with experienced BMW Associates who can mentor me in supply chain management.”

BMW offers internships, co-op positions, as well as, an engineering/operations management development program for full-time students. Internships allow undergraduate and graduate students to work for one semester, in order to test their career choices while gaining valuable experience in a manufacturing environment. Co-op positions are offered at least three semesters (six quarters) alternating between full-time work and study.  This allows the student to work on continuous projects with escalating responsibility. The company’s engineering and operations management development program is a 24-month rotational program that features three, 8-month rotations for recent college graduates.

BMW’s only U.S. factory produces all BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 models for customers in over 140 countries. The company exports 70% of the vehicles produced at an annual value of over $9 billion, making the plant the largest U.S. automotive exporter by value. In March 2014, BMW announced a $1 billion expansion. As part of this investment, the company will manufacture a fifth model, the BMW X7, and add 800 new jobs by the end of 2016.

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Production Figures

  • 2018 Production - September
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,521
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,331
    • X5 Vehicles: 6,658
    • X6 Vehicles: 2,700
  • Number of jobs – 10,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 300
  • South Carolina suppliers– Over 40

Media Contacts

Sky Foster

BMW Manufacturing Co.
P. O. Box 11000
Spartanburg, SC 29304


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