Birmingham-based SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre (SMTC UK), the sister company of MG Motor UK, has launched its 2017 internship programme, in a search for the engineering talent of tomorrow.
Having selected seven aspiring engineering graduates in September 2016 to the year-long internship programme, the company is now on the hunt for its class of 2017. Commencing in September next year, the course covers a diverse range of topics including electronic engineering, powertrain, advanced engineering, body structures, vehicle performance, chassis engineering and vehicle styling. Team working is a key part of the programme, which kicked off in 2016 with an outward bound event in the first week to help fast track graduates’ relationships with fellow students and learn about successful teams.
The recruitment process for next year’s intake has begun with current interns attending the University of Bath’s Engineering Placements Fair earlier in November. Alongside showcasing the annual internship opportunities on offer at the company’s Longbridge site, SAIC promoted its summer placement scheme and other graduate programmes.
One of the interns who attended the event at Bath University was Damon Elson. He said: “Since joining the internship at SAIC in September, I’ve learnt a huge amount about automotive engineering and working in a large organisation. As well as seeing how a global vehicle manufacturer operates from the inside, we have already learnt about the relevant software and planning skills needed to develop our automotive design skills in the months to come.
“With such a solid grounding in place, we’re now really looking forward to our joint project, which will be our main focus in 2017. This practical project will test our knowledge of engineering and automotive design, challenging us to show how modern technology can be harnessed to create a vehicle with levels of performance that were unimaginable even ten years ago. With such a rich heritage of car design from the MG brand, we certainly have plenty to inspire us!”
SMTC UK employs approximately 300 skilled design engineers at its Longbridge facilities and is responsible for the design and development of all new MG and Roewe models.
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SMTC UK commenced its internship programme in 2013 and has so far accepted more than 30 students onto the Longbridge-based course.