Instructor of Automotive Technology
EXPECTATIONS AND NATURE OF THE POSITION
The primary responsibility of this individual is to provide quality instruction to WWCC students enrolled in a variety of automotive classes taught at the main campus in Rock Springs. The Automotive Technology program is a NATEF certified program. Teaching “customized” courses that meet the needs of local business or industry is also common. This person must be able to relate to a wide variety of students, ranging from high school students with little background to persons who have worked many years in industry. This individual’s responsibilities will include teaching courses in automotive/diesel technology.
Classes are taught at the main campus in Rock Springs. Typical teaching load is 5-6 courses per semester with an average class size of 15-18 students per class. Courses are taught in 5-week blocks, 4 days per week, Monday-Thursday. Two courses are taught in each 5-week block. Teaching load ranges from 28-32 credits per academic year.
It is expected that this individual will accomplish assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner, and strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed. Additionally, this individual must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with college personnel and the public. This individual must follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this position.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WHICH THIS INDIVIDUAL IS ACCOUNTABLE
1. Provides quality instruction to students in assigned courses, including, but not limited to the 8 ASE areas: engine fundamentals, engine performance systems, brake systems, steering and suspension systems including wheel alignment, automatic transmissions, manual transmission and other drive train components, heating and air conditioning systems and electric and electronic control systems.
2. Provides quality-learning experiences for all students enrolled in accordance with their needs and abilities while maintaining the basic integrity of the course’s standards and objectives.
3. States clear objectives and criteria for each course in the course syllabus; follows the Curriculum Committee’s guidelines regarding course syllabi; integrates the appropriate College’s learning goals into each course; evaluates students’ performance and annually assesses student performance in light of these objectives and criteria.
4. Teaches courses in a variety of environments and modes as required. Examples include teaching in the evening and weekends, in Rock Springs and Green River; teaching in a variety of environments that includes a standard classroom, internet or lab, or combinations of these methods; and developing and teaching customized short courses tailored to the needs of local industry.
5. Advises students clearly and effectively; learns the requirements for WWCC graduation and for transfer to other regional colleges and universities.
6. Works with the WWCC Web Master to keep the Automotive Technology webpage current. Updates advising information in the WWCC Advising Handbook related to curricula at Weber State University and other regional universities with Bachelor’s degrees in Automotive Technology.
7. Recommends course schedules to the Division Chair; recruits and mentors adjunct instructors as assigned; prepares and updates course outlines; recommends new courses as needed.
8. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues. Serves as a resource to the community by being willing to speak to groups, answer specific inquiries, assist with research projects and workshops, locate information and perform other related tasks.
9. Develops and maintains good working relationships with professionals in the College’s service area in order to solicit cooperation and support for curricular planning and other functions. Organizes and conducts annual and/or semi-annual advisory councils with industry partners to maintain and develop curriculum needs in the industry.
10. Collaborates with both the Division Chair and the Director of Workforce Development to develop courses or training that meet the needs of local industry; meets with training directors or others from local industry, responds promptly to inquiries by phone or e-mail and, when appropriate, accompanies the PTCE Director on visits to local plants or mines.
11. Participates actively in the College’s Assessment Program, including Program Review.
12. Maintains and repairs lab/education training equipment and facilities; designs and builds training models as necessary.
13. Maintains a reasonable schedule of office hours that allows on-campus and distance education students to interact and ask questions and that provided time to interact with colleagues, and complete other duties.
14. Oversees the Internship Program with local industries and auto dealerships;
15. Coordinates student involvement in statewide competitions, such as Skills USA.
Other Related Duties
1. Assists the Chair in all divisional activities as requested including attending division meetings, completing divisional duties and paperwork, and by participating in other divisional activities.
2. Knowledgeable of the budgeting process of the college; assists with preparing annual and biennial budgets; and limits departmental expenditures to budgeted levels.
3. Maintains an inventory of all assigned equipment and supplies in office and other assigned areas; takes prudent efforts to safeguard WWCC physical resources from unauthorized use. Maintains safe working conditions and practices.
4. Commits to ongoing professional development by attending conferences, seminars or workshops, and by reading appropriate professional literature.
5. Mentors adjunct faculty to maintain quality instruction consistent with the expectations and standards of the full-time faculty, the division chair, and the Vice President; interacts with adjuncts assigned by the chair; reviews applications of adjunct faculty.
6. Assists the Library Director in developing a well rounded, usable library resources both electronic web-based resources and texts in electrical and instrumentation technology; teaches students how to use these resources.
7. Assists in the College’s student recruitment program by cooperating with the Assistant Director of Admissions, visiting area schools, encouraging students to attend WWCC, and promoting the value of the college.
8. Refers students, as is appropriate, to student-support programs such as the Learning Center, Peer Tutor Center, Library, Career and Placement Services and the Support, and Wellbeing & Accessibility.
9. Participates actively in the College’s Assessment Program, including program review, to develop a more effective learning environment for all WWCC students and to continue to improve the program.
10. Becomes familiar with, and participates in, the College’s efforts for planning and improvement.
11. Serves as a resource to the community by being willing to speak to groups, answer inquiries, locate information and perform other assistance.
12. Works with the Division Chair to develop an individual professional development plan that will be of mutual benefit to the individual and to WWCC; develops goals at the start of each year and writes a summary of the accomplishment of those goals at the end of the year; and completes all elements of Faculty Evaluation Plan.
13. Communicates clearly and effectively using the college network system, including the e-mail system, calendar, word processing, advising modules, and learning management system.
14. Performs other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Abilities)
1. Associates degree in automotive technology or related field.
2. Five years of related work experience.
3. Comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, technologies, principles and practices of automotive technology.
4. ASE certified.
5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and administrators.
6. Ability to exercise sound judgment in all facets of the student-teacher relationship and to teach a diverse group of community college students.
7. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
8. Evidence of continued professional development.
9. Must have and maintain a valid Wyoming’s Driver’s License
For those who do not exactly meet all the minimum qualifications, an equivalent combination of education and experience that has provided comparable knowledge and abilities may be acceptable.
PREFERRED ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, Knowledge, and Abilities)
1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree.
2. Experience in teaching automotive/diesel technology, preferably at a community college.
3. Experience using active approaches to learning; experience using alternative methods of learning, such as interactive software, Internet, or individualized modular programs.
4. Active participation in relevant professional organizations.