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Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Instructor, 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.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.

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
  • talking to others
  • using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
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
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Word processing software
  • Google Docs Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Finite element analysis software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology

Education

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

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$101,720
$52,440
$189,390

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