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Mechatronics Instructor / Part-time

Renton Technical College

Job Description

Reporting directly to the Dean of Advanced Manufacturing, this position will be responsible for providing instruction for students in the Mechatronics degree program. This instructor is responsible for teaching Mechatronics courses that range in topics (a full list of classes in the program can be found at (https://rtc.edu/mechatronics).

This is a part-time teaching position. The schedule of hours and dates may vary and will be established based upon assignment. The part-time teaching assignment is schedule to begin winter quarter 2023. Teaching assignment may include online or hybrid courses. This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Renton Federation of Teachers (RFT) Employees Association.

Renton Technical College, located southeast of Seattle, has provided quality education in a variety of occupations for over 75 years. Our apprenticeship, professional-technical certificate, and degree programs offer entry and mid-level training in the areas of allied health, trades and industry, culinary, business, technology, automotive, and general education. Our outstanding basic studies program, with classes in adult basic education, English as a second language, and GED preparation, is available to those who need additional preparation prior to entering a training program and for those who simply wish to improve their math and English skills. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College and an Aspen Institute top 10 finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, RTC is also proud to be a Military Friendly School, serving those who chose to serve.

Renton Technical College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds and are almost 60% of color. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.


Key Responsibilities / Essential Functions Include


  • Demonstrated multicultural competence (Including and awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations) and create an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Support the college's mission by creating a learning environment of mutual respect and fairness, while encouraging creative and critical thinking through an equity lens.
  • Work with individual students to develop personal, academic and career goals and provide instruction and assessment which enables the student to enter a college program, obtain or retain employment, earn a high school equivalency certificate, or complete other identified goals.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of outcomes-based instruction and utilize a curriculum that aligns to the College and Career Readiness Standards.
  • Coordinate with other Renton Technical College (RTC) faculty, staff, and staff from partner agencies and community based organizations to assess individual student needs, coordinate services, and provide verification of attendance and student progress.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and updating of curriculum, which includes development and refinement of program-level and course-level outcomes.
  • Evaluate student progress towards attaining the learning objectives to include individual assignments, projects, quizzes, and standardized tests.
  • Maintain and submit student records, documentation, and program reports.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with program partners and periodically serve on the program advisory committee.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrated leadership or participate in institutional programs with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working / learning environment.
  • Working knowledge Mechatronics, including motor control systems, PLCs, hydraulics and pneumatics, AC/DC and robotics.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals whose first language is not English.
  • Ability to work effectively and engage with adult learners.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail required as well as previous experience maintaining accurate records, managing multiple tasks, and planning and organizing work in order to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to represent the college in a positive and professional manner, while using tact, discretion and courtesy.
  • Speaker of a language in addition to English is highly valued - preference for top spoken languages in the RTC service area (Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, Chinese).


Conditions of Employment:
  • This is a part-time, non-tenure track, quarter to quarter assignment.
  • The person hired must be provide proof of citizenship or other authorization for employment.

The position is active in nature and requires standing, lecturing and demonstration of processes in a classroom environment. The job also requires some sedentary time when performing administrative program functions.


Terms of Employment


This is an adjunct faculty position contracted on a quarterly basis. Lecture (theory) credits are compensated at $900 per credit, which includes scheduled class time and final exam days. Guided Practice (lab) credits for adjunct faculty are paid $1,167.74 per credit. Master’s or Doctorate degree stipends are paid on a prorated per credit rate quarterly.

The person hired is required to provide authorization for employment in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent to background checks, including employment and required degree/credential verification. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform successfully in the position. Finalists are required to complete the Sexual Misconduct Disclosure form as required under RCW 288.112.080. Post offer, pre-employment criminal background checks are also required.

For questions regarding this position contact

Alex Vinson avinson@rtc.edu 425-235-2475

Chelsea Dillon cdillon@rtc.edu 425-235-6579



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Health Benefits:
Adjunct faculty may become eligible for benefits if they work two (2) consecutive quarters at 50% or more of full time academic load in order to qualify for benefits (based on instructional hours only – benefits would begin on the first day of the working month after working 50% or more for two consecutive quarters).
Newly-hired adjunct faculty are eligible for PEBB insurance benefits when they have taught 50 percent or more of a full-time workload* for two consecutive quarters at one or more public higher education institutions, going on benefits the start of the second quarter at 50% or more. Medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance benefits are provided as currently administered under the Public Employees Benefits Board.

Adjunct faculty who initially meet the State Board Retirement Plan Eligibility criteria after June 30, 2011 are given the option to participate in the State Board Plan (TIAA-CREF) or to participate in TRS 3, and have 30 days to make a choice. The eligibility threshold for participation in the State Board Retirement Plan (TIAA-CREF) is 50 percent of a full-time workload* at one or more college districts or the State Board for two consecutive quarters. There may be other options available under limited circumstances.

  • Half time is defined as one-half of the full-time academic workload as determined by each institution, except that half time for community and technical colleges faculty employees is governed by RCW 28B.50.489.

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