‘Priceless’ Holden engineers shown the door

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    ‘Priceless’ Holden engineers shown the door

    ‘Priceless’ Holden engineers shown the door

    SAE-A calls for government auto investment as 100 Holden engineers leave HQ today

    26 Jun 2020

    By NEIL DOWLING and TERRY MARTIN


    GoAuto.com.au


    THE Society of Automotive Engineers – Australasia (SAE-A) has called on federal and state governments to help prolong the careers of GM Holden engineering staff made redundant and to capitalise on their experience as 100 leave the company’s Port Melbourne headquarters for the last time today.


    The former Australian car-maker is in the midst of closing its entire operations and retiring the historic lion brand, with the last remnants of the globally recognised engineering and design divisions winding up over the next few weeks.

    The remaining 100 Holden engineers, currently employed at the Lang Lang proving ground in South Gippsland, Victoria, will depart during August.

    A number of engineers have found work with other car-makers and component suppliers, including several moving to the newly established VinFast technical centre in Melbourne.

    However, SAE-A chairman and CEO Adrian Feeney today urged government to play a major role in preserving the engineering expertise built up by Holden over many years.



    He also described the departing engineers as “a valuable and irreplaceable asset that must be preserved and put to use”.

    “These engineers are a priceless brains trust that could launch right into a new automotive venture such as the electric police car project SAE-A announced this week,” he said.

    The SAE-A has proposed a specialist vehicle manufacturing industry and this week revealed images of a police car based on an EV drivetrain and using composite body technology.


    A feasibility study is being prepared to test the viability of a low-volume program that could be extended to other specialist vehicles such as ambulances and fire tenders.

    Mr Feeney said the society was calling on federal and state governments to support the feasibility study to “save our engineering brains trust while we still have it”.

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    Re: ‘Priceless’ Holden engineers shown the door

    Such a shame.

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    Re: ‘Priceless’ Holden engineers shown the door

    A feasibility study is being prepared to test the viability of a low-volume program that could be extended to other specialist vehicles such as ambulances and fire tenders.

    Mr Feeney said the society was calling on federal and state governments to support the feasibility study to “save our engineering brains trust while we still have it”.
    I'm just thinking that depending on what their needs are in this new venture they want to pursue, that it would be somewhat better to try and keep them on with their experience rather than end up trying to find all new ones at some point.

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    GM should import these dudes over

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    if SAE-A is working on this EV cop car program MAYBE THEY should hire some of them and NOT expect a government to "find" work for them when the government is NOT involved in the auto industry at all
    and right now I doubt any would leave Aus right now so moving them to the USA is out

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    What a pity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    if SAE-A is working on this EV cop car program MAYBE THEY should hire some of them and NOT expect a government to "find" work for them when the government is NOT involved in the auto industry at all
    and right now I doubt any would leave Aus right now so moving them to the USA is out

    One of the few concessions to international travel is for work

    If they can and it suits their needs they probably will
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    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    if SAE-A is working on this EV cop car program MAYBE THEY should hire some of them and NOT expect a government to "find" work for them when the government is NOT involved in the auto industry at all
    and right now I doubt any would leave Aus right now so moving them to the USA is out
    That vehicle is a pipe dream, I stopped reading as soon as composite materials was mentioned.
    Most of those remaining engineers have already found other work elsewhere in the industry and
    this article is simply underscoring the loss of local engineering expertise, it's just the final blow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    One of the few concessions to international travel is for work

    If they can and it suits their needs they probably will
    Maybe.... but who in their right mind would go to USA for the foreseeable future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    GM should import these dudes over
    Trump don't like Immigrants. GM would have to build an Engineering Center on the other side of "Trump's Wall" in Mecico

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    Quote Originally Posted by InCogKneeToe View Post
    Trump don't like Immigrants. GM would have to build an Engineering Center on the other side of "Trump's Wall" in Mecico
    Mary would pick up the whole Ren Cen and move it over if she could. It would be convenient to be so close to where all the vehicles are built. Too bad she's too bougie to want to actually live in Mexico instead of the USA. Good for you, not for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedHotMike View Post
    Maybe.... but who in their right mind would go to USA for the foreseeable future?
    Depends where you go - like Australia right now no one in their right mind would go to Melbourne the way it is but no issues in QLD or 90% of NSW
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    GM should import these dudes over
    Fck gm, they are the cnts that put them out of work in the first place.

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    going to get a T-shirt printed with "Make Australia Make Again"

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    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    Depends where you go - like Australia right now no one in their right mind would go to Melbourne the way it is but no issues in QLD or 90% of NSW
    I wouldn't call it "like Australia". The population density is significantly different, and they've had 18 times more deaths than we've had cases.
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