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Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Professor, Instructor, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Professor

What they do:
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as mechanics, hydraulics, and robotics.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • group things in different ways
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Independence
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Word processing software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Google Docs
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$94,460
per year, on average
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