David Tyrell Laxton, a Tennessee Tech University student from Clinton, has been selected for a one-year cooperative education, or co-op assignment with DENSO Manufacturing in Maryville.
On an assignment that began in May, Laxton is working as a production engineer on the final assembly of the alternator lines, along with testing and verifying new assembly processes.
“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.
Laxton, son of Michael and Vonda Laxton, is a 2008 graduate of Anderson County High School, and is a senior mechanical engineering major at Tennessee Tech University. Laxton is also captain of Tennessee Tech’s Baja SAE team.