"Build Dakota with Applied Engineering was the right decision for me, because it allowed me to be financially free right out of college, and I was able to advance in the machining field relatively quick. Every day I come into work is a new learning opportunity and another chance to expand and further my knowledge of machining. I Genuinely enjoy coming into work every day where I am greeted with smiles and “good mornings”. The people I work with at Applied Engineering are definitely what makes this a great place to work. When I started here I thought the three year commitment was going to hang over my head, but the more people I meet here and the more I get to know the people I work with, the more I realize that I am no longer concerned about the three year commitment being an issue. I am looking forward to building a career for myself here at Applied Engineering."
Ledgend (former Build Dakota Scholarship student)
"The Build Dakota with Applied Engineering was the right choice for me because I really enjoy the parts and learning about the different processes that we use and the people are very friendly. Yankton was the right choice as well because it is a very nice town and the weather is warmer compared to where I am originally from."
"Applied Engineering is a clean and hospitable work environment with learning opportunities at every corner. Yankton has a supportive community with events all year round."
"Applied Engineering was the right decision for me because the facility is well organized and held to a high standard. Not to mention the overall atmosphere when it comes to its employees friendliness and willingness to help. I have been thoroughly enjoying Yankton and its many amenities including the river, Meridian Bridge, and the variety of restaurants."
Caige Strub is a Welder at Astec Industries, Inc. in Yankton, South Dakota. Caige started his Astec career in October 2017 as a Welding Intern through Astec’s partnership with the Yankton High School Internship program. He enjoyed his experience as a Welding Intern so much that he asked Astec to be his Build Dakota Scholarship sponsor at Mitchell Tech. Caige recommends Astec as a Build Dakota Scholarship sponsor because it is a great place to work. He recommends Astec as a Yankton High School Internship partner because it is a great way to experience a career in Welding before deciding what to do after you graduate. Yankton, South Dakota is a great place to live, work, and play if you want to feel like you are part of a community.
Alex Ketter (Welder)
Alex Ketter is a Welder at Astec Industries, Inc. in Yankton, South Dakota. Alex started his Astec career in January 2017 as a Welding Intern through Astec’s partnership with the Yankton High School Internship program. Alex chose Astec for his high school internship because Astec makes cool equipment. Alex also chose Astec for his internship because his father is employed here. Alex asked Astec to be his Build Dakota Scholarship sponsor since he enjoyed his internship. Alex recommends Astec as your Build Dakota Scholarship sponsor because Astec offers multiple career advancement opportunities. You should live, work, play in Yankton, South Dakota because there are great job opportunities and recreation here.