VU Jasper

CAP - Career Advancement Partnership




Vincennes University Jasper is proud to partner with local manufacturing companies in this major workforce development initiative – the Career Advancement Partnership (CAP). The partnership enhances the associate degree program in technical maintenance by providing students a paid internship while enrolled at VUJ full-time. Graduates of this program are in high demand locally and across Indiana. The Career Advancement Partnership (CAP) program includes a two-year degree in Electronics Technology that combines cutting-edge curriculum, paid work experience, along with learning technical skills which are highly sought by leading manufacturing partners. 

To prepare the skilled technicians needed to program and maintain advanced technologies being adopted to stay competitive in the global economy.

Students selected for this two-year program will gain:

  • An Associate in Science Career-Technical degree.
  • Two years of paid work experience (part-time).
  • Training in advanced technologies.
  • Mentoring by experienced technicians.
  • Preference for full-time employment.
  • Financial support for tuition & fees.

What Makes the CAP Program Different?
Industrial Maintenance skills are highly sought by many manufacturers. CAP allows students to receive hands-on experience in the classroom as well as a mentored, hands-on experience in the manufacturing environment. Students earn wages while working during the internship. With planning, the wages earned could cover the cost of tuition and books. The potential for grants and financial aid are based on your FAFSA application.

How It Works
Students work 2 days a week at a manufacturing partner and attend classes 3 days a week at the Vincennes University Jasper. Courses will include exposure to CNC Programming and Operation, Manufacturing Processes, Introduction to Robotics and Automation, Electronics for Automation, and Beginning CAD. Students completing the internship will earn an Associate’s Degree from Vincennes University Jasper. After graduation, your two year Associate’s Degree can be expanded to a four year Bachelor’s Degree in fields such as engineering, technology, or business. Some manufacturing partners even financially support the completion of a four year degree. 

Industry partners in the CAP program include:
Indiana Furniture Industries, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Kimball Electronics, Kimball International, MasterBrand Cabinets, and Farbest Foods.  

Please note - you must complete both the VU application and the CAP application.

Apply to VUJ

CAP Application (CAP Partners, the companies which select interns, will review your application.)

For more information, contact:
Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing

How to Apply to the CAP program

  • Read details of the CAP Program
  • Complete the Vincennes University Jasper application process
  • Complete the CAP application

  • Schedule tour of the VU Jasper Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing and tours of potential manufacturing partner facilities.

  • Take your Accuplacer test

  • Because the manufacturer partners will begin the selection process around the end of April, it is strongly encouraged that you start the application around the first of April. Candidates will be interviewed and selected for the upcoming class.

For additional information contact:

Jacob Berg, CTIM Director

Karen Mundy, Admissions

Major Code 8365 - Major Classes

MFNG 130 Introduction to Industrial Maintenance - 3 credit hours                                                                  
An introductory course in various manufacturing processes for Advanced Manufacturing.  Provides training to safely operate commonly used machines such as CNC, Laser, 3-D printing, pneumatic and various other manufacturing equipment.  Students will also learn basic machining procedures such as calculating speeds and feeds as well as selecting proper tooling.  Several non-traditional machining processes, joining processes and plastic process are also explained. 1 lecture hours, 4 laboratory hours.

DRAF 100 - Understanding Industrial Blueprints and Drafting 3 credit hours                                              
This course has two major areas of content. First, it is designed to develop students’ ability to interpret needed information, symbols, abbreviations, and conventions contained on industrial blueprints. An overview of reading the blueprint as well as its views, dimensions, tolerances and finishing marks will be stressed. Assembly and detailed drawings will be examined on an advanced level. Geometric dimensions, tolerances, and symbols will also be covered. The second part of the course will be an emphasis on hand drafting. The course offers the opportunity to examine the use of graphics standards and various scales used in technical drawings and to visualize and interpret plan views, sections, and details in prints generated manually. 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours.

COMP 201 – The Computer in Business –  3 credit hours                                                                                    
This course is designed to develop computer competency in a variety of computer related skills such as spreadsheets, databases, Internet software and Windows, as well as a basic working knowledge of computer and information concepts appropriate for most organizations. 3 lecture/laboratory hours.

CIMT 110 Concepts in Electronics for Automation - 3 credit hours
An introductory course in the theory, characteristics, and application of basic electronic components used in AC, DC and digital electronic circuits. Topics will include circuit analysis, measurements, and troubleshooting. Students will study principles of electricity and electronics, participate in Manufacturing Core Exercises (MCE) including safety, 5S, Problem Solving and Maintenance Reliability. 3 lecture hours. Corequisite(s): CIMT 110L.

CIMT 110L Concepts in Electronics for Automation Lab - 3 credit hours
This course emphasizes the building, analyzing, and troubleshooting of AC, DC, and Digital electronic circuits. 6 laboratory hours. Corequisite(s): CIMT 110.

CIMT 201 - Concepts of Fluid Power for Industrial Maintenance 2 credit hours                              
Introduction to the theory and operation of fluid power systems.  This course will cover fluid power components, circuit diagrams, circuit operation, basic fluid power principles,and properties.  1 lecture hour, 2 laboratory hours.

CIMT 220 Concepts and Applications in Industrial Automation - 3 credit hours                                           
This course covers an introduction to Computer Integrated Manufacturing in industry. Programming concepts are introduced using Visual Basic.  Emphasis is placed on robotic workcell basics; including programming a robot. Various topics cover robotic classifications, applications, socioeconomic impact, workcell design, robot programming, sensor and actuator interfacing, plus a project centered on a CIM Workcell. 1 lecture, 4 laboratory hours.

DRAF 211 - CAD for Industrial Applications- 3 credit hours                                                                 

Introduces computer aided drafting (CAD) using latest AutoDesk Inventor program, AutoCAD, 2-D and 3-D software.  Students develop skills in drawing set-up and organization, drawing and editing objects, creating complex shapes, dimensioning, using text, display and layer control, using symbols and plotting.  Developing CAD models, executing 3D printers from CAD and creating drawings are also included in this course. No previous computer experience is required, but a background in fundamental blueprint and/or drafting skills is recommended.  1 lecture hours, 4 laboratory hours.

MFNG 200 - Concepts of Plumbing, HVAC and Refrigeration for Industrial Maintenance - 3 credit hours
This course introduces basic plumbing tools, materials, and fixtures. Topics include standard tools, materials, and fixtures used in basic plumbing systems and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of a basic plumbing system. Troubleshooting techniques for heat pumps, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.  2 lecture hours, 4 laboratory hours.

MFNG 120 CNC Programming & Operation - 3 credit hours
In this course, each student will program, setup, and operate CNC machinery. All parts will be programmed utilizing one of two methods; Manual G & M code programming or emulation programming software. Emphasis will be placed on process planning, programming efficiency, accurate setup, proper cutter selection, speeds and feeds, carbide tooling, and the generation and interpretation of CNC code for general industry. 1 lecture hour, 6 laboratory hours.

CIMT 202 - Concepts of PLCs 2 credit hours                                                                                                        
This course covers the operation and programming of a programmable logic controller (PLC).  Laboratory experiences include creating ladder logic programs and using them to troubleshoot automation equipment. 1 lecture hour, 2 laboratory hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CIMT 110  and CIMT 110L .

CIMT 292- Industrial Automation Capstone Project - 3 credit hours                                  
Teams of students will be assigned an automation technology project approved by the instructor.  The project content will represent several areas of study from courses in the program including computer-aided drafting, application of basic AC/DC electronic components and digital circuits, programming for computer integrated manufacturing, fluid power systems, programming of a programmable logic controller (PLC), and include the use of appropriate project management tasks.   4 laboratory hours.  Prerequisite(s):  A grade of C or better in DRAF 211, CIMT 110, CIMT 110L, CIMT 201, CIMT 202, and CIMT 220.  

WELD 160 General Welding - 2 credit hours
Conventional techniques in oxy-acetylene and stick-electrode will be covered. Extensive practice will be given for the successful completion of the various required welds. 1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours.


University Core Curriculum Requirements:

Composition: ENGL 101 - English Composition I - 3 hrs

Mathematics: 100-level or higher Mathematics (MATH or MATT) Elective - 3 hrs

Speech: COMM 143 - Speech 3 hrs -or- COMM 148 - Interpersonal Communication - 3 hrs 

Laboratory Science: Laboratory Science Elective - 4 hrs

Social Science: Social Science Elective - 3 hrs

UCC Electives: Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Writing or Fitness/Wellness Elective - 8 hrs

List of elective courses