As a long time admirer of the relaunched MG Motor UK and proud owner of an all new MG GS, MotorMartin has been instrumental in helping the brand spread their message far and wide as both the MG3 and MG GS offer great value for money combined with a high specification level and a driving experience that offers the enthusiast or families excitement by the bucket load.

MG Motor UK have spent time sharing with MotorMartin news regarding their rapidly expanding dealer network as well as news regarding the many offers that make owning a brand new MG a real possibility instead of going used when that car buying decision is being made.

So when MotorMartin was contacted by MG Motor UK regarding their sister company, SAIC Motor Technical Centre (SMTC UK), based at the UK headquarters in Longbridge, Birmingham and their commitment to the MG brand, it was easy to clear the newsdesk and get writing. In MotorMartin’s opinion the announcement that Kestor Sleeman has been appointed to the role of Powertrain Electronic Control (PTEC) as a graduate engineer, is great news indeed.

A recent University of Birmingham graduate, Kester previously undertook a year-long internship programme at SMTC UK, as part of his undergraduate degree programme, Kester was able to take on real engineering tasks and issues to develop his knowledge and experience. The company also provided specialised automotive training programmes to enhance his skills along with the completion of an exciting project that the intern team were able to project manage, engineer and develop into an actual running vehicle.

Taking up his full-time position later this month, SMTC UK have confirmed to MotorMartin that Kester’s main area of responsibility will be diagnostics and electrical integration, as well as helping to test and prove-out brand new software.

Phil Newman, Senior Manager of Powertrain Integration at SMTC UK, commented to MotorMartin that: “Inspiring and attracting the next generation of automotive professionals is a key responsibility for us here at SMTC UK. As such, we work closely with leading colleges and universities from across the country, offering a number of internship and graduate schemes.

“A highly talented graduate engineer with considerable potential for the future, we’re delighted to announce Kestor’s appointment within the Powertrain Department. After undertaking our 12-month internship programme, Kestor demonstrated his aptitude, commitment and creative flair – which led to us offering a full-time role at the SMTC following his graduation from Birmingham University.”

As a global engineering and design technical centre for SAIC Motor Corporation Limited – the parent company of MG Motor, SMTC employs more than 300 people and is responsible for key phases of the engineering, research, design and development programmes for all new SAIC products worldwide.

Kester added: “Joining such an integral division is a real privilege. The team is incredibly talented and delivers world-leading projects for the vehicles of tomorrow. Over the coming months, I look forward to further developing my skills within the business and becoming an integral part of the powertrain department.”

It’s quite clear to MotorMartin that announcing the appointment of Kestor Sleeman is the latest in a long line of successes for the SMTC. Alongside accepting seven new students onto its Automotive Engineering Internship programme a couple of months ago (August), the centre has recently completed an expansion project at its electrical component testing facilities, which MotorMartin previously reported on and can be read about here, to increase pre-production testing capabilities and efficiencies and it’s continued expansion on the technical side of operations that will provide direct benefits for MG and their customers.

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