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Department of Applied Technology
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Center For Applied Technology 121
Phone: 785-628-4211
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Internships & Community Involvement

Employers say they like to hire FHSU graduates because they know their stuff. Our courses provide a solid foundation, but coursework is only part of the equation. You need opportunities to apply your skills and knowledge outside of the classroom.

Students pursuing degree must complete a one-semester internship in their area of specialization. Recent internship experiences include:

  • Recent Applied Technology grad Jacob Yoder says, " Applied Technology at FHSU equipped me with a thorough knowledge of and practical hands-on experience with the latest high-tech manufacturing equipment and computer-aided-design systems. This enabled me to accept an engineering position immediately after graduation at Moridge Manufacturing/The Grasshopper Company in Moundridge, Kansas-an industry-leading manufacturer of Grasshopper mowers which are sold all over the world. I use my education every day designing 3-D solid model assemblies that are downloaded directly to laser-cutter nesting software, CNC machines and robotic presses that cut, stamp, and form various parts using sustainable manufacturing processes. Those parts are then robotically welded, powder painted and assembled into Grasshopper products."
  • "I interned with Hemisphere GPS," says Kevin Thompson ('07). "I was able to get my foot in the door for my profession as a field development technician… Working in the field as a student, you can build on skills that you simply cannot learn in the classroom."


From Classroom to Community
Another way to put your knowledge into practice is to get involved in the community. Our students and faculty do that through various projects and events:

  • We assist the Teaming Up For Tots organization each year. In the fall semester, the Production Systems class designs a toy for children ages two through six. After the design's approved, students work with suppliers, set up a production line, and make jigs and fixtures so the toys can be easily made.
  • We host the annual Western Kansas Technology Education Fair. The event invites middle and high school students in a technology education class to display their projects and compete for awards. Applied Technology students lend a hand by checking projects in and sponsoring the competitions.
  • The Applied Technology Drive-in Technology Conference, held for instructors and counselors, encourages the development of technology direction and the improvement of technology literacy in education.
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