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Alumnus recruiting Titans for co-ops and employment opportunities

October 28, 2015

Landon Ball '95 in mechanical engineering establishes co-op opportunities for engineering students at his employer, Textron, Inc. in Augusta, Georgia.

Ball is the director of engineering in new product development at E-Z-GO Textron.  Textron designs small vehicles including utility vehicles, golf carts and airport ground vehicles to name a few.

"Typically, we look to local colleges and universities [in the South] to fill our 60 co-op positions," says Ball.  "This year we are expanding our reach to Michigan."

"Detroit is known for the automotive industry.  This is what attracted me to the region and the University of Detroit Mercy in the early 1990’s.  It is important for Textron to recruit from the talented pool of engineers at UDM."

Wendy Nix, coordinator of cooperative education, is excited for this new opportunity. 

"We are always seeking new opportunities for our students," says Nix.  "Establishing a relationship with Textron and sending students to Georgia for co-ops would be fantastic."

As part of the engineering curriculum, engineering students must complete three co-ops in order to complete the undergraduate degree.

Co-ops are often a pipeline to full-time employment after graduation.  "It is beneficial to spend all of your co-op opportunities with one company," says Ball.  "When you return, you are able to experience different projects throughout the entire company."

Ball speaks very highly of his UDM education.

"UDM prepared me well for my engineering career," says Ball.  "I believe I know as much if not more than others in the field, thanks to UDM."

Students interested in co-ops or full-time employment opportunities at Textron, Inc. should contact Wendy Nix.

Landon Ball

Landon Ball ’95 in mechanical engineering visits the College of Engineering & Science to establish a co-op relationship with Textron, Inc and the College.   October 26, 2015

Landon Ball

Landon Ball (pictured left second row) in the early 1990's at Technology Day

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