Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. and VU partner to train more precision machinists

November 17, 2016 / Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. and VU partner to train more precision machinists

VINCENNES, Ind. - Students will receive a boost entering the high-demand field of precision machining, thanks to a new partnership between Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. and Vincennes University.

Under terms of the agreement, the partners will work to “solve the shortage of skilled precision machining technicians.”  The new Machinist Internship Program (MIP) is a cooperative education model for employing and training the next generation of technicians.  Beginning in January, Subaru will employ and mentor new workers while simultaneously supporting their education at VU.  In addition, graduates will be prepared to continue their education through Purdue Polytechnic, if they wish.

“Subaru is encouraged by the innovative opportunity to develop our future tool and die workforce. VU has an excellent Precision Machining program that prepares students for limitless career opportunities in advance manufacturing. The ongoing partnership between Subaru and VU affords students with a strong work-and-learn pathway that leads to postsecondary accomplishments and high-paying careers,” said Subaru Assistant Senior Manager Brad Rhorer.

The goals of the Subaru/VU partnership are to share resources to recruit, screen, employ, and mentor a cohort group of trainees who will work part-time and pursue an associate degree at VU. The MIP courses at VU will be structured to support internship scheduling at Subaru.

The plan is to also expand the internship partnership next fall to include other companies that have the same need for precision machinists, developing a sustainable organization to ensure ongoing programming.

“This partnership is another great example of how employers, working with educational institutions, can address important workforce needs in our vital manufacturing sector.  It also helps attract additional students to Vincennes University’s Precision Machining program, which is recognized as one of the best in the country, boosting our efforts to meet the state’s workforce needs,” said VU President Chuck Johnson.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers learning to be machinists is expected to be smaller than the number of job openings arising each year as experienced machinists retire or leave the occupation for other reasons. Adding to that demand is the expansion of Indiana industries, such as the automotive sector, and the demand is even higher.

Employment of machinists nationally is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.  And with Indiana being the nation’s leader in manufacturing, growth here is expected to be even greater.

For more information about the MIP, contact Donna Taylor Bouchie, director of InternPLUS at VU, 812-888-4811.

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

Subaru 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. SIA employs over 5,500 associates.

Vincennes University is a state-supported and accredited higher education institution that is recognized as a leader in providing precision machinist training. VU has campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, as well as centers in Indianapolis, Lebanon, and several other states.

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