Vincennes University HTEC Grads


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Vincennes University "CNC Machinist Now" Grads

Versatech employees Eric "Willie" Pontious, Minas Kassiou, and Mitch Bloemer were given the opportunity to take advantage of a wonderful program that is designed to train veterans and other adults with CNC and manual machining skills as well as other industry requirements.  The CNC Machinist Now program provides intensive, industry specific training in a very short period of time to allow the graduates the best opportunity to quickly turn these skills into a profitable, rewarding career.  The HTEC machining lab is equip with the newest technology in CNC machining, programming software, and metrology equipment.  The students, however, graduate with much more than great technical skills.  During the program, the students toured many leading machining companies and were also taken to IMTS in Chicago.  These types of experiences are tremendously important in developing a well rounded individual with vision for success.  At the graduation ceremony we immediately noticed that the graduates came out of the program exuding confidence and pride in their skills which is priceless to the graduates as well as to us as employers.  We are so very proud of them and pleased that they enjoyed and valued their experience!

Program Specifics

The Vincennes University CNC Machinist Now training program prepares Veterans and civilian adult learners to be well-rounded entry level CNC machinists with upward mobility potential. The curriculum is a combination of machining theory and extensive hands-on training. The duration of the training is 16 weeks / 600 hours. This unique and highly successful accelerated program of study is designed around industry recognized NIMS and Mastercam credentials based on skills needed for a career in CNC machining and manufacturing. The Vincennes University HTEC is NIMS Accredited and is approved by the Veterans Administration for training. VU provides all of the training at the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) CNC Training Center which is located in Vincennes in the Indiana Center for Applied Technology (ICAT) on the main campus at Vincennes University. The HTEC lab contains 16 full size Haas CNC machines along with 12 Haas control simulators, and 15 seats of Mastercam CAD/CAM software and miscellaneous manual machines. In addition to the CNC machines and manual machines, the center has a variety of precision measuring tools to train students in the use and care of metrology equipment.

Required NIMS Industry Recognized Credentials:
(Earning these credentials IS expected for successful completion of course.)
  1.   NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety
  2.   NIMS Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
  3.   NIMS CNC Mill Operator
  4.   NIMS CNC Lathe Operator
  5.   NIMS Milling: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 1
  6.   NIMS Turning: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 1        

Optional Industry Recognized Credentials:
Earning these credentials IS NOT required for successful completion of course, but if time and circumstances allow, may be attempted in order to tailor the training to the needs of their employer, or future employer.
  1.   NIMS Manual Drilling Level 1
  2.   NIMS Manual Milling Level 1
  3.   NIMS Surface Grinding Level 1  
  4.   NIMS Manual Turning: Chucking Level 1
  5.   NIMS Milling: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 2        
  6.   NIMS Turning: Programming, Setup and Operations Level 2        
  7.   Mastercam Mill Design and Toolpaths
  8.   Mastercam Lathe Design and Toolpaths