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Assistant Professor, Assistant Teaching Professor or Professor of Practice

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Department: Manufacturing & Mech Eng Technology
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Manufacturing, Technology

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

Michigan Technological University and the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology invite applicants for an assistant teaching professor, assistant professor, or Professor of Practice. The successful applicants will demonstrate appropriate technical expertise and industrial experience to teach any courses offered in the MMET Department. This includes undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Technology courses, graduate MET courses for MS in Mechatronics, and graduate courses in Manufacturing Engineering.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Teach fundamental courses and laboratories in the areas of parametric 3D CAD modeling, statics, strength of materials, dynamics, machine design, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, quality, and product design.

Teach courses and laboratories in the following areas: manufacturing processes; fluids and power systems; and computer-aided engineering.

Create innovative instructional materials and laboratory experiences.

Participate in program assessment activity related to accreditation.

Conduct research in an area related to mechanical and/or manufacturing

Participate in service activities related to the department, college, university and professional societies.

Integrate safety practices into daily activities and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, or a closely-related engineering or engineering technology field from an accredited institution.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Minimum of 5 years of relevant industrial experience.
Evidence of effective teaching at the postsecondary level.
Evidence of strong oral and written communication, and computer and oral presentation skills.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Extensive college/university teaching experience in mechanical or manufacturing areas.
Extensive industry/government experience.
Certifications in GD&T, Additive Manufacturing, CMfgE, CAD systems, Six Sigma, or others.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Demonstrated commitment to teaching and student success.
Motivation to conduct applied research.
Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with industry.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) mechanical registration.
History of funded applied research.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required pieces of training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training


Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants will need to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, teaching statement with teaching history and philosophy, research agenda, and a statement describing their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and service. Applicants will be asked to provide contact information for three reference providers. 

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior. Houghton was recently named one of the 100 best small towns in America and the local community provides excellent resources conducive to quality family life. This area is known for natural beauty, pleasant summers, abundant snowfall, and numerous all-season outdoor activities. The University maintains its own downhill and cross-country ski facilities adjacent to campus and a nearby golf course. Numerous cultural activities and opportunities are available on campus and in the community.

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. (see

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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