A Driving Passion

Sean Dunham on the assembly line at BMW Manufacturing Company

A trip to an exotic car show ignited a life-long passion for cars and driving into a seven-year old Sean Denham.  Now, the 25 year-old from Rineyville, KY, is living out his dream through his co-op position at BMW Manufacturing Company in Greer, SC.

Denham, an Eastern Kentucky University criminal justice major who is pursuing a master’s degree in safety, security and emergency management was headed to work when he received a call from Connie Dirks, the associate director for EKU’s Center for Career & Co-op.  When he heard it was about an opening at BMW, he was sold.  “I knew this was an opportunity I could never pass up,” he said.   

In his fourth term co-op position, Denham is currently involved in safety training for new associates and “getting the entire body shop in alignment with a new chemical hazard standard at the plant,” he said.  “I was instrumental in ensuring Plant Spartanburg received OHSAS 18001 recertification.”

Denham credits his success at BMW to his College of Justice & Safety education.  “My professors were a big help in getting me ready for the real-world experiences I am going through now,” he said.  “There have been multiple projects I have completed at BMW that were actual topics in my classes at EKU.  I was able to transfer the unique insight I gained on the production floor into my classes.  However, no one could prepare me for two million plus square feet of production floor office space.  Good thing I work out.”

After his graduation in December of 2016, Denham plans on staying in the safety profession and has “a few places in mind” where he will actively pursue career opportunities.

Published on May 06, 2016