Vincennes - Workforce Development
Martha Thomson, Business & Industry Coordinator
Since joining the Business & Industry team in 2010, Martha Thomson has dedicated herself to helping employers find excellent, customized training options through Vincennes University's Business and Industry Training programs. As Business & Industry Coordinator, she works directly with B&I Training programs statewide, including Industrial Maintenance, Haas CNC Machining, Advanced Manufacturing, Quality Control, and Leadership Training. Martha has a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management from Purdue University, and a BA from Franklin College.
These courses are designed not only for maintenance technicians but any other technical personnel working in industrial, commercial, agricultural and residential settings. Courses are for anyone who needs to develop or improve these technical skills. In recent years, equipment, machinery, structures and devices have grown increasingly complex, requiring a host of personnel, vocations and related systems needed to maintain them.
- Are you having problems finding and hiring new employees with the technical skills needed to support your operations?
- Do you have employees that need technical training for new technologies and processes that have recently arrived at your plant?
- Have you filled some technical positions in-house by promoting some current employees who are intelligent, work hard and show up every day, but have never had training in the skills they need to be successful?
Some of the results of these issues are increased machine downtime (cost), worker and management frustration (HR), shipping delays (customer), and increased cost of spare parts (cost) and maintenance overtime.
From talking with local business and manufacturing companies, we found these issues are rising to the top of their concerns for their company’s future growth and sustainability.
We can help!
We are Vincennes University Business & Industry Training. We train Maintenance Technicians, Engineers, Engineering Technicians, and other technology based groups. The biggest training need we have seen is in print reading and troubleshooting skills. We incorporate these two main topics in each of our courses.
These seminar style classes are 8 hours per day, 1 to 6 days, depending on content. We know having those key employees out of the plant is a hardship and we design our training to get them through the training with at least 50% hands on actual industrial equipment and back to your facility a quickly as possible to start using their new skills to reduce downtime, improve quality and repeatability and reduce maintenance costs.