Madisonville native co-ops with DENSO Manufacturing

Posted by Lori Shull - Monday, July 09 2012


Matthew Clay, a Tennessee Technological University student from Madisonville, Tenn., has been selected for a one-year cooperative education, or a co-op assignment, with DENSO Manufacturing.

On an assignment that began in May, Clay assists engineers testing and measuring sensors, fuel injectors, spark plugs, and fuel rails.

“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.

Clay, son of David and Sunday Clay, is a 2008 graduate of Sequoyah High School. Clay is currently a mechanical engineering major a TTU, as well as vice president of the school’s bass fishing team.