Lafayette AIM Program

The AIM Program
The Advanced Internship in Manufacturing (AIM) program includes a two-year degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology--Industrial Maintenance that combines cutting-edge curriculum, paid work experience, along with learning highly sought-after business principles and best practices of a world-class manufacturer. Interested applicants must complete both the AIM application, as well as the Vincennes University application. Please select the Advanced Manufacturing Technology--Industrial Maintenance (8481) program on your VU application.  For more information about AIM, please contact Tom Schott at tschott@vinu.edu or 765-586-9551.  Manufacturing partners actively involved in the AIM program include:  Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Caterpillar Inc., voestalpine Rotec, and Heartland Automotive LLC.

What Makes the AIM Program Different?
Industrial Maintenance skills are highly sought by many manufacturers.  Students earn a wage while attending college and gain priceless work experience with a leading manufacturer. Over two years, each AIM student can earn as much as $27,000 which with planning could cover all of a student’s education expenses. There are also potential grants and financial aid.

What About After Graduation?
Students in the AIM program earn an Associate’s of Science through Vincennes University.  Upon successful completion of the program, AIM graduates may qualify for a full-time position in manufacturing in the Lafayette, IN area.  Additionally, AIM graduates can continue their education at Purdue Polytechnic to earn a Purdue Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology.  Some AIM partners offer full time employees a tuition assistance program which allows the completion of the BS degree with little or no costs.

How it Works
The Application Process:  Students interested in the AIM program must apply using both the Vincennes University application and the AIM application.  The Accuplacer Placement Test must also be taken (www.vinu.edu/testing).   Once accepted to Vincennes University, AIM partners will review your application and determine which applicants meet the rigorous background requirements.  Next, the AIM partnership will interview candidates and select students for the upcoming class.  (**We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2017. For information regarding the application process, please call 812.888.4811). 

Semester I: During the first semester of their freshman year, AIM students will study Advanced Manufacturing Technology classes on the Vincennes campus.  Student must maintain at least a “C” or higher in all classes.  Student success will be closely monitored. 

Additional Semesters:  After Semester l, AIM students will work and take classes in Lafayette, IN.  Two days a week, students will take VU classes at Purdue Polytechnic's Lafayette site, located at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant, to earn a Vincennes University Associates degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. Three days a week, students will work various technical rotation assignments while applying technologies learned in the classroom. During school, students work approximately 24 hours a week at the manufacturing facility in Lafayette, Indiana, starting as high as $17 per hour.  Students must maintain a “C” or higher in all classes to be retained in this selective program.  It is expected that AIM students will live in the Lafayette area after completing the first semester on the Vincennes campus. This hands-on approach of applying classroom knowledge on the job is one of a few national programs where students learn while they earn valuable real world experience and compensation.

Time Frame:  Once accepted into the AIM program, students experience hands-on learning, attend VU courses, and real work experience continuously until graduation.  Some partners offer paid summer employment prior to starting VU classes.  The entire program lasts six consecutive semesters including summer sessions.  Example: students starting Fall 2017 are expected to graduate Summer 2019.  You may view the required courses.  *Note, the sequence of courses may vary.

Students are responsible for the cost of tuition at Vincennes University. (Please check the VU website for current tuition rates and fees).  Over the two years, students can earn as much as $27,000 in wages, which with careful planning, can cover all of a student’s education expenses. There are also potential grants and financial aid.

About the Partnership
The AIM program is a partnership between Vincennes University, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Caterpillar Inc., voestalpine Rotec, Heartland Automotive LLC, and Purdue University. The goal is to the meet the skilled worker needs of Indiana’s growing manufacturing sector.

 

Subaru of Indiana Automotive logoUnder the guidance of highly experienced administrators, faculty and staff members, Vincennes University students have the opportunity to pursue or advance careers in a number of industry-specific areas of expertise such as: teaching, healthcare, computer programming, journalism, nursing, aviation, advanced manufacturing and technology. Through partnerships, VU graduates can continue their education toward a Bachelor’s degree at Purdue.


 

Voestalpine is a globally active Group with a number of specializes and flexible companies that produce, process, and further develop high-quality steel products.  The Group is represented by approximately 360 production and sales companies in more than 60 countries with close to 47,000 employees.  Our Lafayette facility established in 2000 at 3709 US Highway 52 S has expanded multiple times.   We specialize in the production and further processing of steel and aluminum tubular components with a focus on the automotive industry. Our products contribute to saving the lives of thousands of people every year. 

 

Subaru of Indiana Automotive logoSubaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., is the home of North American Subaru production. Models built at the Lafayette, Indiana plant include the Subaru Legacy, Outback, and Impreza (beginning in 2016). SIA also produces the Toyota Camry under contract with Toyota. SIA employs over 3,800 Associates, and every Associate is committed to quality, safety and environmental stewardship. Visit www.subaru-sia.com for more information.

 

Subaru of Indiana Automotive logo For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The Lafayette facility was built in 1981 and designed to manufacture two new families of Caterpillar engines, the 3500 and 3600 Series Engines. The most common applications of these two engine families are power for Caterpillar vehicles, prime power and standby generator sets, marine propulsion and auxiliaries and industrial applications.    

 

Heartland Automotive is a manufacturer of interior and exterior automotive parts. Our products include plastic molded, painted and assembled parts. These parts are used in Instrument Panels, Door Panels, Consoles, Pillars, Head Liners, Aprons and Rear Gates and Exterior Cladding.  We have two Indiana locations: Greencastle and Lafayette.  We are a proud supplier of automotive parts to Subaru of Indiana Automotive as well as other prominent automobile companies.

 

 Purdue UniversityFounded in 1869 in West Lafayette, Indiana, the university proudly serves its state as well as the nation and the world. Academically, Purdue’s role as a major research institution is supported by top-ranking disciplines in pharmacy, business, engineering, and agriculture. VU advanced manufacturing students can receive a four year degree from Purdue without leaving the Vincennes University campus. AIM students can transfer into Purdue's Engineering Technology program.