GM still looking to fill skilled positions at Oshawa plant


Published July 16, 2021 at 1:43 pm


The ‘Help Wanted’ sign is still up at General Motors in Oshawa as the plant prepares for the re-birth of truck production this fall.

GM put out the call for skilled positions in the spring and tweeted out this week that it is still on the hunt for certified electricians, industrial mechanic-millwrights, and general production workers.

The company is looking to hire 110 electricians and 60 mechanic-millwrights, with both positions starting at $43 per hour.
GM is also in the process of hiring 1,500 production workers, with wages starting at $23 per hour. The jobs are full-time, permanent and pensioned, with premiums for shifts and overtime.

They are also recruiting for management positions.

GM has been making vehicles in Oshawa for a century and has been producing cars and trucks at the massive Autoplex facility in the city’s south end since the 1950s. But in 2018, with staffing on the decline over the previous two decades from a historic high of about 20,000 employees to less than 3,000, the company announced that vehicle production would end in late 2019.

By November 2020, after pressure from Unifor President Jerry Dias, the company did an about-face and announced they would be re-opening the Oshawa plant in 2022 to make Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-up trucks, a move Dias called a “home run.”

In April GM said that truck production would be accelerated from the previous target of January 2022 to October of this year, a move GM is calling one of the fastest plant launches in company history.

The plant re-opening represents a $1.3 billion investment that will create 1,700 jobs – as well as hundreds of indirect supplier positions.

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