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David C. Hill, Chief Engineer/Vehicle Line Executive

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Profile photo of Dave Hill.Birth/Education

  • Born:  January 15, 1943.
  • In 1965, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
  • Earned a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1970.

Technical Highlights

  • His career started with Cadillac in 1965 where he began working in the engine lab on power development and eventually moved into the field of emissions controls.
  • Senior Project Engineer in the Cadillac engine lab from 1965 to 1973.
  • Staff Project Engineer for Cadillac engine design and release in 1973.
  • Became General Supervisor of the Cadillac body and chassis lab in 1976.
  • Staff Engineer for Cadillac development from 1978 to 1981.
  • Cadillac Staff Engineer for emissions and transmissions in 1982 and later promoted to Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Cadillac Allante project the same year.
  • In 1988, he became Chief Engineer for the Cadillac DeVille and Concours models.
  • May 1992, he became Engineering Program Manager for the Cadillac.
  • Officially became the third Corvette Chief Engineer, on November 18, 1992.


Dave Hill after the Corvette wins 1998 Car of the Year award.


  • "I'm going to try to learn as much as I can about the Corvette customer and the Corvette's heritage because that will make me a better decision maker as the Corvette's chief engineer. I won't be the Chevrolet public relations department. And I'm going to have a lot of work to do here, so I may not be seen out on the circuit as much as Dave McLellan was or as much as Zora is. But I am really interested in understading the Corvette mystique and the Corvette heritage. As I said, there is plenty of work to do and this is where I belong -- here in this engineering builiding working on current and future Corvettes." Corvette Fever, May 1993, Pg. 17

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