Lafayette AIM Program

Lafayette AIM Program


The AIM Program
The Advanced Internship in Manufacturing (AIM) program includes a two-year degree in Advanced Manufacturing Automation Technology with Industrial Maintenance concentration 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 Automation Technology (8480) program on your VU application. There are presently 14 Greater Lafayette area Manufacturing partners actively involved in the AIM program.

What Makes the AIM Program Different?
Industrial Automation 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 $30,000 or more in their paid internship 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 Associates of Science Degree through Vincennes University. Upon successful completion of the program AIM graduates may qualify for a full-time position in manufacturing. Additionally, AIM graduates can continue their education at Purdue Polytechnic to earn a Purdue University Bachelor's degree. 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 may need to be taken here. 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 2024 semester. For information regarding the application process, please call 812-888-4812.)

Semester I: During the first semester of their freshman year, AIM students will study Advanced Manufacturing Automation 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 at an AIM Partner's site and take classes in the Lafayette, IN area. Two days a week, students will take VU classes at the Subaru Technical Training Center located at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette. They will earn a Vincennes University Associates degree in Advanced Manufacturing Automation Technology with a concentration in Industrial Maintenance. Three days a week students will work various technical assignments while applying technologies learned in the classroom. During school, students work approximately 24 hours a week at their internship manufacturing facility starting as high as $18 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 excellent compensation.

Time Frame: Once accepted into the AIM program, students experience hands-on learning, attend VU courses, and real work experience continuously until graduation. Our manufacturing partners offer paid summer employment prior to starting VU classes. The entire program lasts six consecutive semesters including summer sessions. Example: students starting Fall 2024 are expected to graduate Summer 2026. You may view the required courses. *Note, the sequence of courses may vary.

Students are responsible for covering the cost of tuition and fees at Vincennes University. (Please check the VU website for current tuition rates and fees). Over the two years of this program, students can earn as much as $30,000 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, Nanshan, ARaymond, BraunAbility, Evonik, Nucor, Wabash National, Banjo Corporation, Closure Systems International, LSC Communications, Danville Metal Stamping and Purdue Polytechnic Institute. The goal is to the meet the skilled worker needs of Indiana’s growing manufacturing sector.

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Under 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.


danville metal

Danville Metal Stamping is a manufacturing company located in Danville, IL that manufactures parts for the gas turbine industry. That includes making parts for turbines used in commercial aerospace, military, and power generation. Danville Metal Stamping has a wide variety of different types of operations used to manufacture the parts including forming, welding, laser drilling and welding, machining, assembly, nonconventional machining, and brazing. Additionally, Danville Metal Stamping has an internal metallurgical lab for required destructive testing as well as non-destructive testing, CMM, white light inspection, and manual inspection. Danville Metal Stamping is proud of the variety of parts that are manufactured to the highest quality standards while maintaining AS9100 certification as well as 11 Nadcap special process certifications.


Banjo Corporation, located in Crawfordsville, Indiana specializes in injection molding of glass reinforced polypropylene with an excellent reputation for high quality.  Our products provide liquid handling solutions in agricultural applications.  We have been in business for over 60 years and are actively involved in the local community through partners such as The Boys & Girls Club and Youth Services Bureau.  We pride ourselves with innovative designs, skillful engineering and precise manufacturing in a cohesive, team environment.  Banjo is a business unit of IDEX Corporation.  For more information, please visit

IDEX (NYSE: IEX) is a company that has undoubtedly touched your life in some way. In fact, we make thousands of products that are mission critical components in everyday activities. If you or a family member is battling cancer or another life-threatening disease, your doctor may have tested your DNA in a quest to find the best targeted medicine for you. It’s likely your DNA test was run on equipment that contains components made by our IDEX Health & Science team. You can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables thanks in part to Banjo, an IDEX company. Banjo valves are used on the agriculture sprayers that apply fertilizer on crops. And if you were ever in a car accident, the Hurst Jaws of Life®/LUKAS® tool may have rescued you.

Founded in 1988 with three small, entrepreneurial manufacturing companies, we’re proud to say that we now call 40 diverse businesses around the world part of the IDEX family. With 7,000 employees and manufacturing operations in more than 20 countries, IDEX is a high-performing, global $2+ billion company committed to making trusted solutions that improve lives. For more information, visit

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Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), a subsidiary of Subaru Corporation, is the home of North American Subaru production.  Models built  at the Lafayette, Indiana plant include the Subaru Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and the new 7 passenger Ascent.  SIA employs over 5,600 Associates, and every Associate is committed to safety, quality, and environmental stewardship. An industry leader in environmental stewardship, SIA was the first auto assembly plant in America to achieve zero landfill status, and SIA's entire 832-acre site has been  designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  SIA's community outreach programs include providing charitable contributions and corporate sponsorships, hosting charitable events on-site, donating vehicles and vehicle parts to educational institutions and encouraging Associate volunteerism, which supports hundreds of non-profit organizations and schools throughout Indiana annually.  For more information, visit

caterpillar About Caterpillar Since 1925, Caterpillar Inc. has been helping our customers build a better world – making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2019 sales and revenues of $53.8 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, IN facility was built in 1981 for two new platforms of Caterpillar engines, the 3500 and 3600 Series Engines. The facility also manufactures a relatively new engine platform, C175, which has been in production since 2010. Caterpillar Lafayette large engine platforms are used in the oil & gas industry, electric power generation, marine, rail and Cat machine applications. 

heartland automotive

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.

braunabilityAs the world leader in mobility with over 40 years of experience, BraunAbility understands what you're looking for in wheelchair vehicles, wheelchair lifts, and mobility products.  Why?  Because we were founded by a man who needed that mobility for himself. Ralph Braun built his company on a commitment to quality, safety, and innovation.  He also believed in giving his customers the peace of mind that wherever their travels take them, there's an experienced mobility professional close by.

nanshanNanshan America is the newest integrated aluminum casting and extrusion facility in North America.  Utilizing the latest technologies in equipment and processes, our 600,000 square foot manufacturing facility is capable of producing 150,000 tons of extrusion ingot and 50,000 tons of extruded product annually.

araymondEstablished in 1865, the ARaymond Network is a global leader in fastening and assembly solutions for the automotive industry.  With 1,600 active patents and 6,700 employees in 26 countries across 4 continents, our worldwide industrial capacities provide expertise in metal transformation, plastic injection and automatic, high-speed assembly.  The ARaymond Network has been a family-owned business throughout its more than 150-year history.



From custom lipids to plant-derived medical solutions, we create special kinds of products that improve millions of lives in a thousand different ways. Starting production in 1954 with just natural fermentation in large molecule manufacturing, Evonik Tippecanoe Laboratories now is a production facility that utilizes fermentation and chemical synthesis processes for the manufacture of many products from a scale of 30-gallon reactors in the kilo-scale pilot plant to 65,000-gallon fermentors! The manufacturing units at the site follow cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) to develop and manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients, including highly potent ones for cancer medications.

Evonik wants to find solutions to real-world problems with innovative ideas, teamwork, and practical solutions to make the world at Evonik a better place.
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.  

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