Tennessee Tech University mechanical engineering major Justin Swafford will spend seven months working for Akebono Brakes on a co-op, or cooperative education, assignment.
Swafford, of Pikeville, will help design and implement new plating and assembly lines.
“Co-op experience gives TTU students an edge as they get ready to start their careers, especially in a tough job market,” said Don Foster, associate director of Career Services. “The experiential education program can help students develop skills and better discover what they want to do when they enter the workforce.”
Students from all academic disciplines are eligible for the TTU co-op program, which is coordinated by the Office of Career Services. The office works regularly with hundreds of employers across the Southeast including business, industry, non-profit and government agencies to fit students’ career interests.
Tennessee Tech University, with an enrollment of around 11,500 students, has been selected as one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” public colleges and universities and “Best Southeastern College” by The Princeton Review.
Swafford, son of Ronnie and Amanda, graduated from Bledsoe County High School in 2011. He is a junior at TTU.