Assistant Professor Mechanical Design, Tenure Track

Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Apr 22, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Date: April 22, 2021                        

Title: Assistant Professor Mechanical Design, Tenure Track

Position Number: 1138                 

Schedule: 32 weeks (Fall & Winter Semesters)

Compensation: $55, 498 (Bachelor’s degree), $59,941 (Master’s degree), $65,241 (Ph.D.)

                                Reflects Fall 2021 negotiated salary.

Start Date: Fall 2021

Reports to: Associate Dean, School of Workforce Development

Closing date: May 24, 2021



GRCC is seeking to hire a new Mechanical Design faculty member who is interested in working with diverse student populations; engaging with and developing innovative teaching strategies; effectively assessing student-learning outcomes; demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development; and providing service to our students, the college, and the community at large.


Faculty members are responsible for the successful completion of work associated with the department, the School of Workforce Development, and the college. In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrated outstanding communication skills, collaborate effectively with others, use personal initiative to overcome obstacles, and work efficiently to meet deadlines. In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values.


Essential Functions

  • Teach classes in the Mechanical Design Program within the Mechanical and Architectural Design Department, including but not limited to: engineering graphics (all levels), parametric modeling applications, tool design, die design, mechanical concepts.
  • Teaching is required at the downtown campus, regional sites, and other satellite locations.
  • Serve as the content expert in the Mechanical Design area in order to lead the program through updates and revisions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency using CAD software to produce solid models, assemblies, animations, simulations, detail and assembly drawings. GRCC currently uses AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, Pro-E, NX, and Catia.
  • Participate in the development and evaluation of new curricula related to mechanical design, parametric modeling, 3D scanning, and reverse engineering.
  • Incorporate new technologies and methods for enhanced teaching and learning into instructional methods.
  • Effectively assess, document, and advise students regarding their academic performance.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a learning-centered environment in the classroom.
  • Engage in on-going professional development to maintain expertise in the field and communicate outcomes with faculty and administration.
  • Maintain professional licensure, certifications, professional organization membership.
  • Advise students on curriculum, academic programs, and employment and career goals.
  • Participate in student academic advising plans.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of students from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of abilities.
  • Contribute to the growth and development of the Program and the College by participating in academic program review; curriculum development, evaluation and revision; committee membership; department and advisory committee meetings.
  • Assist the Department Head in the preparation of reports and other required documents.
  • Contribute to program accreditation processes and reports as determined by the Department Head.
  • Assist in marketing and promoting of departmental and college programs and events.
  • Promote the department by creating partnerships with state and local communities, businesses, and schools.
  • Lead, advise, and support adjunct faculty to ensure consistent standards and instructional practices within each course.
  • Adhere to college processes, policies, and contractual obligations.
  • Support the College’s Strategic Plan through departmental and college action projects.
  • Support the department and the college through other work normally expected of GRCC faculty members.





  • Bachelor’s degree in related area required.
  • Master’s degree in related area preferred.
  • Preferred parametric software certification.
  • Training and/or certification to teach on-line, virtual, or hybrid classes preferred.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of two years/4000 hours of current experience in a Mechanical Design or Engineering related field require.
  • Successful post-secondary teaching and/or corporate training experience, within the past 2 years required.
  • Successful high school teaching experience within the past two years required.
  • Preferred experience in academic program and curriculum design.


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities required

  • Appropriate technology required to perform the duties of the position

Physical Demands

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.


Mental Demands

  • An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population.
  • An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability.
  • Demonstrated initiative, and organizational and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.
  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes.
  • Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a professional manner.


Working Conditions

  • Classroom environment in an academic setting.
  • Travel to offsite locations will be required.


Method of application

To apply for this position, please visit our website at  Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position.  Submit a cover letter, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and three professional reference letters for full consideration.  The opportunity to apply for this position will close on May 23, 2021.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.



Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics.  The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.