James Pass, a Tennessee Technological University student from Harriman, Tenn., has been selected for a 14-month cooperative education, or a co-op assignment, with Bridgestone Americas, Inc., in Morrison, Tenn.
On an assignment that began in June, Pass works with other mechanical engineers to plan a plant layout as Bridgestone under goes a multi-million dollar expansion.
“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.
Pass, son of Alan and Dedra Austin, is a 2008 graduate of Harriman High School. Houston is a senior mechanical engineering major at Tennessee Tech.