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Hyperloop Technologies Wants to Triple Number of Engineers Employed

Hyperloop, the seemingly generic name of a potential revolution in transport, has several companies fighting for the objective of being the first to release it.
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One of them is called Hyperloop Technologies, and they are on a hiring spree. By the end of 2017, they aspire to triple the number of engineers they hire.

This is a massive recruitment challenge, as they are looking for people with expertise in vehicle construction, tooling, engineering, and electric motors.

Naturally, every new engineer scouted by them does not need to have experience in all the aforementioned fields, but each must have expertise in at least one of them.

Currently, Hyperloop Technologies has a team of 140 engineers, but they want to hire an extra 280 people. They will work on the new prototype track near Las Vegas, which is two miles long.

Brogan BamBrogan, a former executive at Chrysler and General Motors, spoke about the project at this year’s SAE Congress, Automotive News notes. BamBrogan stated, “This is real. This is happening. We are developing this technology. We're calling this our Kitty Hawk moment.” Naturally, he was referring to the Hyperloop project, which they are building in North Carolina, close to where the Wright Brothers first flew.

For those who do not know what Hyperloop is, several companies working on the tech plan to make a network of tunnels which are used by pressurized capsules to enable passenger travel at speeds of up to 700 MPH (1,126 km/h). Elon Musk brought this idea back to light in 2013, but he is not the first business person to mention the concept of rapid transportation without rails, but he did call it “hyperloop.”

Unfortunately, the Hyperloop bandwagon did not come with too much inspiration when naming the companies involved. Currently, Elon Musk’s SpaceX is building a Hyperloop track near the SpaceX headquarters, but Hyperloop Technologies (HT), the company we talk about in our story, is a different entity and not affiliated with Musk.

Another startup involved in this field is called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT, for short), and this one has filed for permits to build a prototype track in California’s Central Valley.


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