This work-study program administered by the Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR) at Tennessee Technological University was established to mutually benefit both local industries and TTU students (primarily undergraduates). Students have benefited greatly by gaining hands-on experience while earning money to apply to their educational expenses. This has proven to be a very flexible employment process for industry, since a student can be recruited in a selection process in 2-3 days. The following steps outline the procedures of this program.Industry contacts CMR to request that position be posted and/or to obtain copies of resumes for potential student applicants. Designated supervisor from industry reviews resumes and selects student(s) for interview. Supervisor issues a company Purchase Order (P.O.) to the Manufacturing Center authorizing the student to work for a specific duration of time which is flexible and in accordance with needs of the industry supervisor. The P.O. should be issued before the student begins work. (See attached sample P.O.) To minimize paperwork, the P.O. should close on one of the following dates as appropriate: May 31, August 31, or January 31. Company will be invoiced within approximately two weeks after closing date of P.O. The invoicing cycle was established to coincide with the University’s semesters and to standardize the receipt of P.O.’s and billing invoices. The amount of the P.O. must not exceed $7,500. It should include the name of the student intern, the beginning and ending date, total number of estimated hours, and name/e-mail address of supervisor. The quote for the P.O. should include a base hourly rate which can range from $8.50-$12.00 per hour in fifty-cent increments at the discretion of the industry supervisor. This hourly rate should remain constant for the duration of the P.O.Hourly rate must include 7.65% benefits for the students and 25% overhead (new rate effective July 1, 2005).
See table below for suggested student hourly rates and corresponding TTU rate.
|Student Hourly Rate||TTU Pay Rate||Student Hourly Rate||TTU Pay Rate*|
*Higher hourly rates can be approved and processed upon request.
For information or details regarding any of the above procedures, please contact the following individuals in the Center for Manufacturing Research.
Initiating P.O.’s and Employment: Darlene Wiegand; Phone: 372-3506 or 3362; Fax: 372-6345
Status of P.O.’s, Payroll, Billing, Etc.: Phyllis Stallion; Phone: 372-3099; Fax: 372-6345;