Daniel Osborne, a Tennessee Technological University student from Piney Flats, Tenn., has been selected for a one-year cooperative education, or a co-op assignment, with Bridgestone America Tire Operations in LaVergne, Tenn.
On an assignment that began in June, Osborne assists both a senior environmental engineer and a senior mechanical engineer with various project involved in maintaining and improving the tire production process.
“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.
Osborne, son of Robin Osborne Fields and Anton Osborne, is a 2008 graduate of Gate City High School. Osborne is senior mechanical engineering major at TTU and a member of Tau Beta Pi.