Published: Thu Sep 30, 2010Alan Longcoy, a Tennessee Tech University student from Oak Ridge, Tenn., has been selected for a one -year cooperative education, or co-op, assignment with Premier System Integrators in Smyrna, Tenn.
During the assignment that began in August, Longcoy will assist in field operations such as field survey, installation, commissioning and study support. He'll assist in manufacturing operations using basic hand and power tools to perform assembly operations and learn technical skills such as CAD, hardware, software design development, testing techniques system installation and checkout processes.
"Co-op is an excellent way for students to gain the type of experience that will give them an edge in the 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 $22 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.
Longcoy, son of Gretchen and Larry Longcoy, is a 2007 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and a TTU senior computer engineering major.