LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Enterprise) — The Vincennes College Superior Internship in Manufacturing (AIM) program plans to make use of a $100,000 grant from the Caterpillar Basis to improve laboratory gear in Lafayette. The college says the grant will present industrial automation upkeep college students publicity to Trade 4.0 and entry to know-how.
AIM program web site coordinator Tom Schott says there will probably be demand for greater than 500 upkeep technicians in Tippecanoe, and surrounding counties, over the subsequent 5 years as a consequence of retirements. Schott says AIM helps with boosting the pipeline to satisfy the necessity with the Caterpillar Basis that works with communities to show fashionable workforce expertise.
The AIM program permits college students to attend class two days every week on the Subaru Technical Coaching Heart in Lafayette and to work three days every week as industrial automation technicians at one of many 14 producers within the space.
“Our gear upgrades current higher skilled alternatives for our graduates,” Schott stated. “As our graduates exit into their numerous workplaces and when their manufacturing engineering division incorporates its first cobot on the store flooring, our graduates can step up and say, ‘We realized about cobots at Vincennes College and I’d prefer to be concerned in that venture.”‘
The Caterpillar Basis can even enable the AIM program to recruit larger Lafayette space highschool college students to introduce them to the trade with transportable sensible cobots, conveyors and different elements.