Assistant Professor - Mechatronics - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Engineering Technology department invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate Mechatronic Engineering Technology courses and direct course projects, create innovative instructional materials, and supervise extra-curricular activities as assigned. Teaches day, evening, off campus, online and summer classes as needed or assigned. Engages in scholarship including research and publishing and developing sources of external collaboration for projects with industry. Participates in professional associations. Participates in program assessment and development activities related in accreditation. Assumes an active role in the planning and governance of the institution through service on department, college and campus-wide committees. Assists in recruitment, advisement, placement and follow-up of students. Engages students in projects with outside organizations and community. Attracts funding to the college through grants and other sources.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with terminal, earned degree appropriate to discipline. ABD accepted. Knowledge and skill in current instructional theories, strategies, techniques, and discipline content. Evidence of potential for scholarly/creative work consistent with a teaching university. See preferred qualifications for discipline or program-specific minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with Masters or PhD in Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field. ABD accepted. Knowledge and skill in current instructional theories, strategies, techniques, and discipline content. Ten or more years relevant industry experience. Experience with the 2+2 College/University technology programs is preferred.


Strong background in the design of industrial automation processes and systems consisting of the following areas: statics, dynamics, property and strength of materials, fluid power, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, Product Design, Prototyping Methods, Polymers and Composites.

Demonstrates experience and background in the following areas: thermodynamics, mechanical design elements and Kinematics, electric machines and electric power, CAM, 2-D and 3-D CAD including Solidworks.

Basic knowledge in the areas of electronics and electrical systems that relate to Mechatronics.

Advanced knowledge of subject matter and course content of the courses to be taught which may include courses in emphasizing both theory and practice.

Topics include PLC’s, CNC Machines, Industrial Robots, Sensors, Ladder Logic, HMI, networking, PID, Vision Systems, system analysis, motors, controllers, pneumatic, and polymers.

Knowledge of instructional strategies and techniques, student management, motivation, evaluation and assessment of instruction, curriculum development, program development and evaluation, current trends in technical education, cooperative work experience programs, and student recruitment.

Experience with 2 + 2 college / university technology programs.

Understanding of Engineering Technology and the role and necessity of hands-on course labs.

Experience with supervision of undergraduate research projects.


Effective human relations skills and communication techniques.

Public speaking and presentation skills.

Technical writing skills.

Skills in setting up and troubleshooting electrical and mechanical hardware.


Ability to construct and test prototypes. Emphasis in the mechanical elements of Mechatronic systems (statics & strength of materials – forces, torque, equilibrium, stress, etc.)

Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.

Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, agency administrators, and community practitioners from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and initiative in solving problems.

Ability to work independently.

Ability to interpret the university’s core values (serious, inclusive, engaged) as they apply to student internships.

Pay Range


Special Instructions to Applicants

Teaching demonstration and industrial technology base hands on testing will be part of final interview.

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Not Specified
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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