Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Tech (3 positions)

Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Tech (3 positions)

Requisition ID req768 Department Aviation Maintenance Tech Campus RC-Rock Creek Campus Employment Type Faculty Best Consideration Date 6/25/2021 Position Summary

Share your knowledge and help to build solid foundations for future professionals in the Aviation Maintenance industry. Portland Community College is looking for two full-time Aviation Maintenance Technology Instructors to join our dedicated and creative team at the Rock Creek Campus. In this full-time position with a reliable and consistent nine-month work schedule, you can make a difference in the lives of our students, while enjoying day-to-day work with less stress than in a commercial aviation environment. Our faculty teach both lab and lecture courses, and collaborate with a shared stewardship of curriculum development and program quality. We are seeking AMTs to join our team who have experience maintaining a wide variety of civilian aircraft; and particularly transport category experience.

Our program has a long-standing reputation for excellence both locally and around the world. Our graduates have moved into careers as Line Technicians with various commercial airlines, as Repair Station technicians, and as pilot/mechanic or mechanic specialists with international humanitarian and relief agencies. The program is also an active participant with other FAA Part 147 AMT schools in the Aviation Technician Education Council, and is a Preferred Partner School with Delta Airlines’ TechOps. Learn more at

Teamwork, a student-centered approach and current industry expertise are essential for an instructor in our Rock Creek program. If this sounds like a learning community that you would like to be a part of, review the qualifications below, and apply today!

See the classification description for additional information:

These positions are part of several openings at Portland Community College that will pilot a faculty cohort model that seeks to further diversify the college’s faculty and advance our efforts towards achieving equitable student success. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values cultural competency and inclusive teaching practices. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentorship, professional development, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the district. For more information about Portland Community College’s commitment to equitable student success, please visit /.

NOTE - You will be asked to address the following question as part of the application for this Full-Time Instructor position at PCC:

A key tenet of culturally responsive teaching is the belief that students’ cultural background and lived experience can help bridge new learning. Please describe an example of how you can connect academic or professional concepts in your field to knowledge that comes from students’ families, communities, and/or lived experiences.

PCC believes in the following core values, as part of your answers, please describe how your own lived experiences will factor in your approach to teaching at Portland Community College.

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

This approach relies on making meaningful connections between what students learn in school and their cultures, languages, and life experiences. These connections help students develop higher-level academic skills, and see the relevance between what they learn at school and their lives. With this in mind, please describe an example of how you help others come to understand concepts from your field/discipline/industry to be relevant in their daily lives.

Inclusive teaching

Describes the range of approaches to teaching that consider the diverse needs and backgrounds of all students to create a learning environment where all students feel valued and where all students have equal access to learn.

· Instructors develop supportive relationships with students and establish a culture of care in the classroom

· Instructors establish a learning environment that decreases incivility and unproductive conflict

· Student participation and engagement increases

· Students are more likely to take intellectual risks, persist with difficult material and retain learning across contexts


Being aware of racism, reflecting on how society and those around you have contributed to the development of racist ideas, and actively challenging and avoiding engaging in further racist behavior. Racism shows up in many places in academia: in curriculum, classroom practices, and institutional policies.


When talking about decolonizing in academia, it is usually referring to the curriculum ( the lessons and academic content taught) or classroom practices. Both curriculum and classroom practices in the U.S. have been shown to privilege white middle-class and upper-middle class students.

Decolonizing classroom practices might mean not grading on attendance or timeliness. In a remote setting, it might mean not requiring students to turn on their camera or dress in business casual for a presentation.


Instructors meet students where they are, understanding that some students come in with past experiences that are traumatic. Instructors build trust with students, students are relaxed enough to learn, and mistakes are seen as informative and part of the learning process.

Candidate Profile

These qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

Please be sure to address the Success Criteria below in your cover letter.

Technical Knowledge and Expertise

  • Demonstrated current technical knowledge of aviation maintenance, with recent aviation maintenance industry experience

Teaching and Learning Experience

  • Previous teaching or training experience, and success in lecture and practical training environments (particularly in the field of aviation maintenance technology)
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective curriculum or learning materials, particularly technical writing/materials (for example project sheets or task cards)

Communication, Interpersonal, and Team skills

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students from a broad range of educational and cultural backgrounds
  • Able to demonstrate strong communication skills (including technical writing), and strong interpersonal skills and professionalism working in a team environment

Computer Technology Skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency using technology (for example MS Office), including presentation and instructional software applications

Cultural Competency / Inclusive Teaching Approach

  • Demonstrates awareness of one’s own cultural background and how it influences perception, values and practices and how these perceptions, values and practices shape their teaching and relationship to students
  • Demonstrates or explains how one would develop culturally-responsive curriculum and instruction in response to differences in individual experiences, and cultural, ethnic, gender, linguistic and socioeconomic status

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

  • Current FAA Mechanic Certificate with both Airframe and Powerplant ratings


  • Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology or other related technical service field, AND a minimum of five (5) years experience with both the Airframe and Powerplant mechanic certificate ratings as indicated by 14 CFR Part 65.83 ;


  • At least eight (8) years experience with both the Airframe and Powerplant mechanic certificate rating as indicated by 14 CFR Part 65.83 (could include a combination of experience as an A&P mechanic, A&P mechanic lead/supervisor, and/or mechanic training instructor).

P referred Qualifications

  • Recent transport category aviation maintenance industry experience
  • Holder of an Inspection Authorization
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in aviation, aerospace, or a related field
  • Holder of a Private Pilot (or higher) certificate
  • Teaching or Instructor certificate or degree, preferably in aviation
  • Electrical / Avionics experience

Starting Salary Expectations Normally, the initial Salary Placement will be up to Step 3 ($61,137) based on related experience. Placement above Step 3 may only be done with approval of the College President per PCC's collective bargaining agreement. Position Grade Salary Range $53843 to $93366 Annual Salary FTE 1 PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. A portion of the 6% will be diverted to The Employee Pension Stability Account as mandated by Senate Bill 1049. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for courses offered at PCC for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age; plus partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

* Please note: Temporary Full-Time Faculty are not eligible for Personal Leave Days, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, or AD&D Insurance.

Paid Leave:

  • 1 day of sick leave for every 18 days worked (~10 per year)
  • 21 hours of additional personal leave per year
  • 4 paid holidays (which occur during the term you are teaching)

View a complete list of PCC benefits .

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Instructors shall have earned required academic credentials at a regionally accredited US institution or a foreign institution having the equivalent of regional accreditation.

Instructors with credentials from other countries will have their transcripts evaluated by agencies that have good standing with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to establish fulfillment of this standard. (for more information see )

For more information on PCC's General Instructor Qualifications Policy I301 visit:

Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.

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