Published: Thu Sep 30, 2010Will Nelson, a Tennessee Tech University student from Bellevue, Tenn., has been selected for a four-month cooperative education, or co-op, assignment with General Electric in Greenville, S.C.
During the assignment that began in August, Nelson will be a product safety engineering supporting the creation of gas turbine baselines, updating old cases, determining risk assessment statuses, reviewing all open action items in the offshore wind reviews and conduction a deep dive data search.
"Co-op is an excellent way for students to gain the type of experience that will give them an edge in the tight job market," said Don Foster, associate director of the Office of Career Services. "In addition to helping students grow and improve their capabilities, co-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 $26 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 co-op office works with more than a hundred employers across the southeast- from businesses to industry and government agencies- to match students' interests with co-op openings.
Nelson, son of Craig and Linda Nelson, is a 2007 graduate of Christ Presbyterian Academy. Nelson has been a Student Government Association senator of the College of Engineering and an active member of Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi and Phi Delta Theta.