Applied Technology Testimonials

Brent J. Bieker (2007)
Career Building Systems Technician
GE Johnson Construction Company
Aurora, CO
I work on commercial buildings such as condominiums, hospitals, schools, and high rise buildings. My responsibilities involve troubleshooting and coordinating Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) systems against Architectural and Structural disciplines. I model the architectural and structural parts of buildings in 3D using Revit in a practice called (BIM) Building Information Modeling. I also help to create concrete lift drawings. My academic experience helped me by laying a basic the foundation for what I am doing and helped me to understand buildings and drafting principles which I use every day. It provided me with enough knowledge to get started and to continually learn. I took part in an internship at GE Johnson Construction and was hired full time. I was a member of the National Honor Society for Collegiate Scholars at FHSU. By the time I completed my internship I had learned the basics of Modeling building structures and understanding how the systems inside them work. Without the internship I would have missed out on this opportunity, and trying to get a job would have been more difficult. Because of the internship I was able to learn on the job for an entire summer.

Kris G. Munsch (2003)
Instructor of Industrial Engineering
Bonner Springs High School - USD 204
Lenexa, KS
After being in private business several years and the loss of my son in a car accident, I searched my heart for something to be truthfully passionate about and it was education. I always wanted to be a teacher, am in my second year at BSHS and was named department chair this year. My first year, I won the secondary teaching award Northeast Kansas Horizon Award. I teach wood production, drafting and robotics and was accepted into the University of Kansas Ed.D. program this year. My FHSU experience was instrumental in my abilities as an instructor and in problem solving beyond the classroom and bringing it into the 21st Century. The partnership you create with your professors is critical to achieving things beyond expectation. I stay in contact with several professors, bouncing off ideas, trouble shooting, and planning career moves that will help those I strive to inspire. I was a part of the TECA group, which challenges students to take the knowledge they learn in the classroom and apply it in real world challenges. The activities I participated in taught me that I belong on any stage, in local competition or at a national competition. You get that feeling because the professors give you confidence and the opportunity to use it.
Kevin Thompson (2007)
Field Development Technician
Hemisphere GPS
Bendena, KS
I work with my boss to create an automated hydraulic steering solution for after market farm vehicles. This product is called eDrive from a ground agriculture business called Outback Guidance. I interned with Hemisphere GPS, and through that internship, I was able to get my foot in the door for my profession as a field development technician. The internship program is a great tool for students. Working in the field as a student, you can build on skills that you simply can not learn in the classroom; it supplemented my learning experience and provided actual work experience. My internship at Hemisphere GPS allowed me to start a working relationship with my co-workers by connecting me to the business. The basic knowledge given to me by FHSU has been a stepping stone for my career. I’m not afraid to learn something new every day.

 

 

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