Co-Operative Engineering Program

A strong, highly-skilled workforce is important in maintaining quality service to our customers and our community. To help build that workforce, Jackson Energy Authority offers engineering students the opportunity to participate in the Co-Operative Engineering Program. This program allows engineering students to receive real world training experience with a goal of completing engineering duties by the end of the program. Students can inquire about opportunities in Electric, Gas or Water/Wastewater Engineering.

The Learning Experience

At JEA, we believe education with practical, high tech training experience produces promising engineering students for the future.  We incorporate leading edge technology, which has made us a leader in the utility industry. Co-op students use state-of-the-art PC's, running programs such as AutoCAD, Excel and Word as well as network modeling programs for electric, gas, water, and wastewater systems. JEA also utilizes an ESRI Geographical Information System (GIS) and a third generation Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. The SCADA system monitors and controls two water treatment plants (one 14.4-million-gallon-per-day and one 10-million-gallon-per-day), two wastewater treatment plants (one 17-million-gallon-per-day and one 4-million-gallon-per-day) and 23 electric substations from a single dispatch location. The Master Stations utilize the HSQ Technologies Miser system. Data from the SCADA system aids in the planning and design of facilities. Co-op students also use GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and surveying total station equipment for field surveys and inventories. In addition to program and systems training, co-op students also get the opportunity to work in the field with various crews to learn more about system construction, operation and maintenance.  Download brochure.

Do you qualify?

Any student considering a Jackson Energy Authority Co-Op engineering position should:

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited engineering program
  • Have a minimum GPA:  2.5
  • Be Sophomore level status or higher
  • Be majoring in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering
  • Commit to 1-year co-op

To apply:

Simply download the application from the link at the bottom of the page and fill out. Completed applications should be sent to the attention of  Aaron Cooper, Human Resources Department, by fax at 731-422-7307 or by mail to Jackson Energy Authority, P.O. Box 68, Jackson, TN 38302.

To obtain more information about opportunities at JEA, contact Human Resources at 731-422-7332 or email Aaron Cooper at

To find out about co-op programs at nearby universities, click the links below and search engineering.

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