What's Possible with a Degree from the

Institute of Applied Technology? 

The FHSU Institute of Applied Technology offers a thorough learning experience that allows each student to excel in the field of their choice. The three dominant areas that graduates enter are construction, manufacturing and communication. By acquiring extensive knowledge in each of these fields, students quickly obtain supervisory and leadership positions after graduation. The internship program is crucial, as it exposes students to every aspect of the business and industry operations process. A high percentage of students take on careers in industry, while a number move on to educational roles in middle and high schools. Graduates from this program have even adapted to engineering careers thanks to the application of science and math in industry settings. 

Possible Careers

  • Energy Conservation Managers
  • Technology Instructors
  • Robotics/Automated Systems Designer
  • General Construction Contractors
  • Industrial Supervisors
  • Carpenter/Cabinetmakers
  • Construction Estimators
  • Land Development Technicians
  • Manufacturing Plant Managers
  • Geographic Systems Technicians
  • Building Inspectors
  • Construction Project Managers
  • Machine/CNC Technicians
  • Production and Operations Manager

FHSU Applied Technology Graduates Testimonials  


Todd Dumler (2005)
Project Manager
Murray & Sons Construction Co., Inc.
Topeka, KS

I currently manage the renovation of Jolliffe Hall for the Manhattan Christian College, and assist the Vice President of the company with the K-State Parking garage, and the Basehor-Linwood Middle School. My primary responsibility is to ensure that the project is completed on time and within the budget. Most of my time is spent coordinating material deliveries, and solving problems that arise on the jobsite. The single greatest benefit that I have from a college education is the ability to speak and write clearly and concisely. Every day, I converse both orally and in writing with other professionals. I have more confidence going into jobsite meetings because I know that no matter who shows up, I can have an intelligent conversation with them. The benefit that I got specifically from attending FHSU was that my employer knew before they hired me, that I would have an excellent work ethic. Murray & Sons Construction has hired other people out of the other programs and none lasted. We now employ 4 FHSU Industrial Technology graduates. I interned with B.A. Green Construction out of Lawrence, Kan. Upon the completion of the five-month internship, I had a job offer both at B.A. Green Construction & Murray & Sons Construction. The internship gave me valuable first-hand experience in a commercial construction setting.

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.