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Clayton Shearer, a Tennessee Technological University student from Madisonville, Tenn., has been selected for a one-year cooperative education, or a co-op assignment, with DENSO Manufacturing.

On an assignment that began in May, Shearer works with Engineers in DENSO’s Fuel Injection Division taking measurements, performing tests, and working on entry-level projects.

“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.

Shearer, son of Rebecca and Mark Isbill, is a 2010 graduate of Tellico Plains High School. Shearer is a junior mechanical engineering student at TTU. Shearer also works with the Mini Formula SAE racing team.