VU Students Showcase Advanced Manufacturing Skills at Project MFG Regional Competition

Project MFG competition members

May 20, 2024

VINCENNES, Ind. - Vincennes University students showcased their advanced manufacturing skills and talent at a Project MFG Regional competition, marking VU's second consecutive appearance after competing in a 2023 regional.

Some of the brightest college students in the nation came together at Texas A&M University during the 2024 Spring Semester to demonstrate their higher-level problem-solving skills, technical knowledge, and collaborative spirit. 

Students studying Precision Machining Technology and Welding Technology represented VU, including Conner Bean '24 (Columbus, Indiana), Kellen Bruns '24 (Greensburg, Indiana), Aaron John '24 (La Porte, Indiana), and Riley Yochum '25 (Vincennes, Indiana).

“I liked the team dynamic of the competition," Bean said. "We all worked well together for the most part, and we were able to figure almost all the parts out together. Competing will help get my name out there, and it will show employers that I am able to work in a team even in stressful situations.”

As the manufacturing industry continues to evolve due to technological advancements and automation, competitions like the Project MFG regional play a crucial role in preparing modern advanced manufacturing professionals.

“It was a great experience,” Yochum said. “This contest has benefited me by me being able to keep my composure and cool during the stress of a job and a weld test.”

The VU team stood out among the regional competition, showcasing an exceptional blend of ingenuity and teamwork that exemplifies the next generation of advanced manufacturing talent. 

Precision Machining and Advanced CNC Technology Program Coordinator Jonathan Vennard said, "We are very proud of our students for their outstanding performance in this rigorous competition, and we are thrilled to see VU students excel in such a competitive environment. This competition provided an invaluable opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world challenges and collaborate effectively as a team."

Participation in competitions related to their degree programs provides VU students with extraordinary opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in practical scenarios. Additionally, collaborating with peers in these events promotes teamwork, networking, and a sense of camaraderie, enhancing their overall learning experience and preparing them for real-world challenges.

"I enjoyed programming the 5-Axis UMC500 as well as being able to work as a team to accomplish tasks," John said. "It was great to get to travel as a team and experience a new area. Also, it was great that we got exposed to such a cool competition."

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