Tennessee Tech University mechanical engineering major RJ Penpek will spend one year working for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations on a co-op, or cooperative education, assignment.
Penpek, of Knoxville, will work on projects with AutoCAD and installation and design of new equipment.
“Co-op experience gives TTU students an edge as they get ready to start their careers, especially in a tough job market,” said Don Foster, associate director of Career Services. “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 approximately 11,400 students, has been selected as one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” public colleges and universities and “Best Southeastern College” by The Princeton Review.
Penpek, son of Rick and Lisa, graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School. He is a junior at TTU.