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Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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Department: Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering

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’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) invites applications for a non-tenure-track Assistant Teaching Professor position. We seek candidates with expertise in mechanical engineering in general and particularly in dynamic systems, noise control, digital signal processing, instrumentation, and industrial based engineering experience to support senior design teams.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff 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)

Teach undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering courses.
Duties may include service on committees.
Conduct outreach activities.
Assist with the department's assessment.
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)

PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Classroom teaching experience.
Expertise or experience in teaching a range of mechanical engineering topics including heat transfer, fluids, and mechanics of materials.

Desirable Education and/or Experience


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

Knowledge of experimental measurements and numerical simulations of mechanical engineering-type systems.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Knowledge of topics that can apply to aerospace-related courses as well such as CFD, flow stability, and boundary layer analysis is desirable.
Ability to use a learning management system to manage course schedules and teaching materials.

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 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 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:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, or a foreign national authorized to work in the United States).  

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

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)

For full consideration, complete application packages should be received by June 30th, 2024; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching philosophy statement. Applicants will also be asked for the names and contact information of three reference providers.

Additional Information

The ME-EM Department and Michigan Tech encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. Our undergraduate mechanical engineering program is ranked 35th and our graduate program is ranked 63rd among doctoral-granting ME programs by the U.S. NEWS Best undergraduate and graduate programs. The National Science Foundation (NSF) ranks Mechanical Engineering in Research Expenditures at Michigan Tech 18th in FY2020 (latest rankings) with $20.015 Million among all Mechanical Engineering programs in the U.S. Our department is 8th in undergraduate enrollment, 5th in MSME enrollment, and 26th in PhD enrollment (latest ASEE data).

Applications from women and BIPOC scholars are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals.

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. 

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 Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior.

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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