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Instructor/Assistant Professor of Industrial Maintenance

Western Wyoming Community College

Job Description

The primary responsibility of this individual is to provide instruction to Western students enrolled in a variety of Industrial Maintenance classes taught at the main campus in Rock Springs. This individual will also be expected to teach “customized” courses that fit the needs of local business and industry. This person must be able to relate to a wide variety of students; students range from high school students with little background to employees who have worked many years in industry. This individual’s responsibilities may include teaching courses related to Industrial Maintenance, Safety, and Machine Tool Technology. This individual should have a broad background in such areas as safety, power tools, measuring tools, rigging safety and equipment, forklift operation, bearings, lubrication analysis, gears, chains, belts, couplings, shaft alignment, pumps, mechanical seals, valves, heat exchangers, piping, troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, hydraulics, pneumatics, machining, compressors, basic electrical, and print reading.

Teaching load 30 credit hours for an academic year with class sizes of 15-18 students.

It is expected that this individual will accomplish assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner, and strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed. Additionally, this individual must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with college personal and the public. This individual must follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this position.


  1. Provides quality instruction to students in assigned courses including, but not limited to industrial safety, introduction to technical mathematics, technical schematics, industrial hydraulics and other general industrial maintenance classes.
  2. Provides quality-learning experiences for all students enrolled in accordance with needs and abilities while maintaining the basic integrity of course standards and objectives.
  3. Provides quality learning and testing for industry through Workforce Development.
  4. Provides course syllabi that state clear objectives and evaluation criteria for each course taught; follows the Curriculum Committee’s guidelines regarding course syllabi; integrates appropriate College learning goals into each course and evaluates student performance in light of these objectives and criteria.
  5. Teaches courses in a variety of environments and modes. Examples include teaching in the evening in Rock Springs; teaching in the standard classroom and lab; and developing and teaching customized short courses tailored to the needs of local industry.
  6. Advises students clearly and effectively; learns the requirements for Western graduation and for transfer to other regional colleges and universities.
  7. Works with Western’s Web Developer to keep the Industrial Maintenance webpage current.
  8. Recommends course schedules to the School Chair and Facilitator; mentors adjunct instructors as assigned; revises existing courses to maintain currency, and recommends and develops new courses as needed.
  9. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues. Serves as a resource to the community by being willing to speak to groups, answer specific inquiries, assist with research projects and workshops, locate information and perform other related tasks.
  10. Develops and maintains good working relationships with professionals in the College’s service area in order to solicit cooperation and support for curricular planning and other functions. Organizes and conducts semi-annual advisory councils with industry partners to maintain and develop curriculum needs in the industry.
  11. Collaborates with the School Chair and Workforce leadership to develop courses or training that meets the needs of local industry; meets with training directors or others from local industry, responds promptly to inquiries by phone or e-mail, and when appropriate, accompanies the Workforce leadership on visits to local plants or mines.
  12. Participates actively in the College’s Assessment Program, including Program Review.
  13. Maintains and repairs lab/education training equipment and facilities; designs and builds training models as necessary
  14. Maintains a reasonable schedule of office hours that allows on-campus and distance education students to interact and ask questions and that provides time to interact with colleagues, and complete other duties.
  15. Oversees the internship program.

Other Duties

  1. Assists the School Chair in all School activities as requested including attending School meetings, completing duties and paperwork, and by participating in other School activities.
  2. Becomes familiar with the budgeting process of the college; assists with preparing annual and biennial budgets; and limits departmental expenditures to budgeted levels.
  3. Maintains an inventory of all assigned equipment and supplies in office, welding lab, and other assigned areas; takes prudent efforts to safeguard Western’s physical resources from unauthorized use. Maintains safe working conditions and practices.
  4. Commits to ongoing professional development by attending conferences, seminars or workshops, and by reading appropriate professional literature.
  5. Mentors adjunct faculty to maintain quality instruction consistent with the expectations and standards of the full-time faculty, the School Chair, and the Vice President for Student Learning; interacts with adjuncts assigned by the Chair; reviews applications of adjunct faculty.
  6. Assists in developing a well rounded, usable library collection in his/her discipline; teaches the proper use of library and Internet resources.
  7. Assists in the College’s student recruitment efforts by cooperating with Recruiting and Retention, visiting area schools, encouraging students to attend Western, and promoting the value of the college.
  8. Refers students, as is appropriate, to student-support programs such as the Learning Center, Peer Tutor Center, Library, career and placement services and Wellbeing and Accessibility.
  9. Works with the School Chair to develop an individual professional development plan that will be of mutual benefit to the individual and to Western; develops goals at the start of each year and writes a summary of the accomplishment of those goals at the end of the year; and completes all elements of Faculty Evaluation Plan.
  10. Communicates clearly and effectively using the college network system, including the e-mail system, calendar, word processing, advising modules, and learning management system.
  11. Performs other duties as required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires prolonged standing, sitting, or climbing, and frequent bending, stooping, or stretching. Position may require lifting up to 60 lbs. Additional requirements include: eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity, ability to distinguish letters or symbols, and the ability to use office equipment such as computer terminals, calculator, telephone, faxes, and copiers. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee regularly works in classroom and/or lab conditions and, occasionally, may provide training at an employer’s work site. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high. Employees are required to travel.

Minimum Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Abilities, Education and Experience)

Four Qualifying Options

  • Is certified at the highest level available within the industry that the faculty is teaching.
  • No degree, but has eight (8) years of Discipline-Specific Training and Tested Experience,
  • Associate’s Degree and four (4) years of Discipline-Specific Training and Tested Experience,
  • Bachelor’s Degree in field,

Comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, technologies, principles and practices of Industrial Maintenance.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, local industry and administrators.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in all facets of the student-teacher relationship and to teach a diverse group of community college students.

Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.

Evidence of continued professional development.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Wyoming driver’s license.

Equivalency Statement

For those who do not exactly meet all the minimum qualifications, an equivalent combination of education and experience that has provided comparable knowledge and abilities may be acceptable.

Preferred Qualifications

PREFERRED ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Abilities, Education and Experience)

  1. A.A.S. degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology or a Technology & Industry-related field.
  2. Experience using active approaches to learning; experience using alternative methods of learning, such as interactive software, Internet, or individualized modular programs.
  3. Active participation in relevant professional organizations.
  4. Demonstrated excellent in teaching at a community college

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