Shelbyville native co-ops with Federal Express

Posted by Lori Shull - Monday, July 09 2012


Jordan Burchett, a Tennessee Technological University student from Shelbyville, Tenn., has been selected for a one-year cooperative education, or a co-op assignment, with Federal Express in Memphis.

On an assignment that began in June, Burchett works as an avionics engineer, modifying the cockpit controls of large aircraft.

“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.

Burchett, son of Glenn and Barbara Burchett, is a 2008 graduate of The Webb School. Burchett is majoring in electrical engineering with a German minor at TTU.