AMT: Central Indiana Program


What is the AMT Program?
The Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program blends classroom and lab instruction with onsite experience.   The AMT program includes a two-year degree in Automation Technology that combines cutting-edge curriculum, paid working experience, along with learning highly sought-after business principles and best practices of a world-class manufacturer. Interested applicants should complete both the AMT application, as well as the Vincennes University application. Please select the Advanced Manufacturing Automation Technology (8480) program on your VU application.  For more information, please contact Timothy Hedrick at or call 812-888-4421.

What Makes the AMT Program Different?
Students earn a wage while attending college and gain priceless work experience with a global manufacturing leader. Over two years, students can earn as much as $40,000 in salary, which with planning, can cover all of a student’s education expenses. There are also potential grants and financial aid available.

What About After Graduation?
While not guaranteed, those graduates hired by an AMT partner have the potential to earn as much as $64,000 yearly, plus excellent benefits. Other manufacturers throughout Indiana and throughout the United States seek professionals with this level of experience and training.  Graduates may continue his/her education to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Vincennes University or from Purdue Polytechnic, located at the ATC site, in fields such as engineering, technology, or business.  Some AMT Partners offer full time employees tuition assistance which allows the completion of the BS degree with little or no costs.


How it Works:

The Application Process:  Students interested in the AMT-Central Indiana program must apply using both the Vincennes University application and the AMT application.  The Accuplacer Placement Test must also be taken (Please call 317.831.6000 to take this test in Indianapolis). Your ACT or SAT may replace the Accuplacer.  Once accepted to Vincennes University, Central Indiana partners will review your AMT application and determine which applicants meet the rigorous background requirements.  Next, the partnership companies will interview candidates and select students for the upcoming class.  (**We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020.  For information regarding the application process, please call 812-888-4421).

Summer Prior to class: If selected as an intern, candidates could start working the summer before classes begin.  This work assignment may be located on the floor in production which will assist with the overall knowledge of the plant, production, and product.

Each Semester:  AMT students will take classes on the VU Aviation Technology Center (ATC) in Indianapolis.  (located just off West Washington Street: 2175 Holman Street).  Student must maintain at least a “C” or higher in all classes.  Student success will be closely monitored.  AMT students will work as a paid intern and take classes at the ATC.  Students will work as a paid intern approximately 24 hours a week at the AMT Partner facility with many interns starting at $17 per hour. Additional hours may be awarded based on grades, work habits, and Partner’s need. Raises may be given based on grades and performance evaluations while working at the Partner’s facility. Students must maintain a “C” or higher in all classes to be retained in this selective program.

Time Frame:  Once accepted into the AMT 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 2020 are expected to graduate Summer 2022.  

Students are responsible for the cost of tuition, labs, and fees at Vincennes University. (Please check the VU website for current tuition rates and fees).  Over the two years, students can earn as much as $40,000 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 Central Indiana AMT program is a partnership between Vincennes University and manufacturers located in the Central Indiana area including: Major Tool & Machine and Steel Dynamics.  The goal is to meet the skilled worker needs of Central Indiana’s growing manufacturing sector.