Blount County native co-ops with DENSO Manufacturing

Posted by Lori Shull - Friday, June 22 2012


Kyle Perkins, a Tennessee Tech University student from Maryville, has been selected for a one-year cooperative education, or co-op assignment with Denso Manufacturing.

On an assignment that began in May, Perkins is designing and quoting prices for electrical hardware and programming software for new machines used in various assembly lines.

“The co-op program is an excellent way for students to gain the type of experience that will give them an edge in the job market,” says Don Foster, associate director of the Office of Career Services. “In addition to helping students grow and improve their capabilities, so-op also provides income that can be used to help pay for college studies.”

Tennessee Tech co-op students currently earn between $10.50 and $24.00 per hour and major in business, engineering, arts/sciences, and education. The university’s co-op program began in 1959 and has experienced record student participation during recent semesters. Tennessee Tech’s co-op office works with more than a hundred employers across the southeast—from business to industry and government agencies—to match students’ interests with co-op openings.

Perkins, son of Robert and Kaye Perkins, is a 2010 graduate of Heritage High School, and is a junior electrical engineering major at Tennessee Tech. Perkins has served two years as a senator in the Student Government Association.

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