Tennessee Tech University mechanical engineering major Eric Umphrey will spend one year working for Packaging Corporation of America on a co-op, or cooperative education, assignment.
Umphrey, of Savannah, will design, plan and implement different projects around the mill.
“Co-op experience gives TTU students an edge as they get ready to start their careers,” said Don Foster, TTU Career Services associate director. “The experiential education program can help students develop skills and better discover what they want to do when they enter the workforce after graduation.”
Students from all academic disciplines are eligible for the TTU co-op program, which is coordinated by the Office of Career Services. The office works regularly with hundreds of employers across the Southeast including business, industry, non-profit and government agencies to fit students’ career interests.
Tennessee Tech University, with an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, has been selected as one of the highest return on investment universities in the South, according to Payscale.com.
Umphrey, son of Keith and Laura, graduated from Hardin County High School in 2012. He is a junior at TTU.