An engineering instructor works in a post secondary institution, instructing students in the principles of engineering. An engineering instructor is responsible for planning courses in engineering, including deciding course content, choosing materials, preparing and delivering lectures, giving assignments, and preparing tests and evaluations. Students are evaluated by the engineering instructor. Engineering instructors must also track attendance, participation, and grades of their students. Office hours may be required for engineering instructors. During office hours, engineering instructors will meet with students one on one to provide further insight on course content or to discuss student progress, evaluations, and grades. Engineering instructors may be expected to conduct academic research in their chosen field.
To be an engineering instructor, one must have a minimum of a master’s degree, and preferably a doctorate, in engineering. Teaching experience is preferred but not necessary to become an engineering instructor. Experience as a practicing engineer is also preferred but not necessary. Engineering instructors must have a command of the language, demonstrating clear verbal and written communication skills in order to effectively convey content to students. They must also be comfortable with modifying their teaching methods and styles in order to instruct a diverse student body.
In addition to working at a college or university, engineering instructors can be expected to work from home some of the time. They may be expected to run online courses. Sometimes engineering instructors are expected to work at multiple campuses or institutions. An engineering instructor may be required to serve as a student advisor or mentor.
Instructor, Engineering Tasks
Become familiar with and initiate orders for the assigned textbook(s) and prepare a syllabus for each course.
Provide copies of schedules to the appropriate Division Chair.
Schedule and maintain weekly office hours per college policy for the educational development and advising of students.
Prepare, give, and grade tests and homework and deliver grades to the registrar.
Prepare classroom presentations and hand-outs.