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Assistant Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

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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 invites applications for an assistant professor tenure track position in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Department. Applicants with experience and accomplishments commensurate with a higher rank may be considered for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

The successful applicants will demonstrate appropriate technical expertise and industrial experience to teach all courses in the MMET Department. This includes undergraduate/graduate courses in Mechanical Engineering Technology and graduate courses in Manufacturing Engineering. Candidates will have an active research agenda related to one or more of the focus areas of manufacturing, computer-aided engineering, or fluids and power systems.

Michigan Tech attracts 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 an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Teach MET undergraduate courses and laboratories such as machine tool fundamentals, parametric 3D CAD modeling, statics, strength of materials, dynamics, machine design, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, quality, and product design.
2. Teach MET undergraduate technical elective courses and laboratories in the following areas: manufacturing processes; fluids and power systems; and computer-aided engineering.
3. Teach graduate courses in the following areas: Additive Manufacturing, GD&T, Fluid Power, Robotic System Dynamics, and Safety.
4. Create innovative instructional materials and laboratory experiences.
5. Participate in program assessment activity related to accreditation.
6. Conduct research in an area related to mechanical and/or manufacturing engineering.
7. Participate in service activities related to the department, college, university, and professional societies.
8. Integrate safety practices into daily activities and apply continuous improvement strategies 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 (ABET, ETAC, or comparable).

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

1. Minimum of 5 years relevant engineering experience in an industrial, government, or academic research setting
2. Evidence of effective teaching at the postsecondary level
3. Evidence of strong oral and written communication, computer and oral presentation skills
4. Demonstrated work experience in a teaching lab setting

Desirable Education and/or Experience

1. Extensive college/university teaching experience in mechanical or manufacturing areas
2. Extensive relevant engineering experience beyond 5 years
3. Certifications in GD&T, Additive Manufacturing, CMfgE, CAD systems, Six Sigma or others
4. Minimum of 5 years hands-on industrial experience

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

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

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

1. Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) mechanical registration
2. History of funded applied research
3. Demonstrated work experience related to diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging
4. Minimum of 2 years post-secondary lab teaching experience
5. Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office, classroom setting and engineering labs. 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 trainings; 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)

Applications are to be submitted online at

The position will remain open until filled, but applications submitted by November 15, 2023, will receive priority consideration.

Applicants will provide:
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Research Agenda
Reaching History and Philosophy

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications in their cover letter along with an explanation of how they will contribute to the Vision and Mission of Michigan Tech.

Additional Information

Visit the MMET Department website for information on the MET undergraduate degree, graduate certificates and MS in Manufacturing Engineering. 

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

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.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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