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Faculty - Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Southwestern Michigan College
Dowagiac, MI
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Jul 31, 2021

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Faculty - Career & Technical Education (CTE)

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$46,000 - $48,000

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Job Description Summary:

The CTE instructor will teach courses in the Welding, Construction, Robotics, and/or Automotive programs dependent upon their area(s) of expertise. The instructor is also responsible for providing OSHA safety trainings to students in all CTE areas including, but not limited to, Automotive, Construction, Health, Robotics, and Welding. This position is funded annually through the federal Carl D. Perkins Grant and is facilitated according to law under the state of Michigan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the lead faculty for OSHA Safety Training; bearing responsibility for the design, content, implementation, assessment, and offerings in the area
  • Teaches basic courses in the trades’ programs
  • Facilitates high quality instruction through the delivery of course content and materials
  • Maintains rigor and relevancy of the content and assures compliance/alignment with various partners and stake holders
  • Utilizes active and collaborative learning strategies and a variety of other pedagogies to engage learners
  • Recommends curricular changes
  • Maintains standing in the subject matter by remaining current and connected to the industry/field/employers
  • Provides support for the advisory boards and participates in annual advisory board meetings
  • Demonstrates a deep commitment to every student’s success
  • Utilizes student-centered learning practices
  • Advises and mentors students
  • Mentors part time faculty
  • Demonstrates a deep commitment to diversity and treats others fairly, with courtesy, and respect
  • Serves as a contributing member to the School of Business and Advanced Technology
  • Participates in recruiting, retaining, developing, and graduating students
  • Serves each semester in at least two of the following: college committee member, club advisor or co-advisor, program lead/outcomes coordinator, and/or course lead/outcomes coordinator for a multi-section course
  • Participates in institutional training required of all full-time employees at the College and maintains applicable professional certifications
  • Adheres to institutional policies and procedures and recommends changes where needed
  • Brings credit to Southwestern Michigan College through demonstrating the highest level of professionalism
  • The duties listed in this job description are not all-inclusive, but a list of the major responsibilities. Additional duties not noted in the job description may be assigned by a supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

  • Journeymen card, licensure, certification, or Associates Degree in Welding, Automotive, Construction, or Robotics

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or highe
  • Teaching experience
  • Field experience in one or more of the industries
  • OSHA 30 certification

Other Information:

All applicants must demonstrate the ability to promote active and collaborative learning through a variety of teaching methods, as well as relate to students. Excellent organization and communication skills as well as the demonstrated use of instructional technology are required.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to complete the following with or without a reasonable accommodation:

1. The physical activity of this position.
A. Climbing. Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
B. Balancing. Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling and walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.
C. Stooping. Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
D. Kneeling. Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
E. Crouching. Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
F. Crawling. Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
G. Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
H. Standing. Particularly for sustained periods of time.
I. Walking. Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
J. Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
K. Pulling. Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
L. Lifting. Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
M. Fingering. Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
N. Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
O. Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
P. Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other employees accurately, loudly, or quickly.
Q. Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
R. Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

2. The physical requirements of this position.
Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception, and field vision.
The employee is required to have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment.

4. The conditions the employee will be subject to in this position.
A. The employee is subject to environmental conditions. Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
B. The employee is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.
C. The employee is subject to noise. There is sufficient noise to cause the employee to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level.
D. The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

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Working at Southwestern Michigan College


Since joining the ranks of other prestigious Michigan colleges in 1964, Southwestern Michigan College has continually expanded its curriculum and now offers more than 30 Associate degrees. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southwestern Michigan College is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Colleges and universities periodically engage in a process of self-study and external review in order to renew their accreditation status. Southwestern Michigan College completed its self-study and was re-accredited through 2021.

Core Values

The core values of Southwestern Michigan College describe the beliefs that direct the college in all that it does.

  • “Excellence with a Personal Touch” is a working principle guiding our actions.
  • High quality is inherent in all that Southwestern Michigan College does.
  • We have a commitment to be responsible managers of college resources: human resources by promoting growth, satisfaction, and empowerment; financial resources by operating with a balanced budget and investing in the future; physical resources by maintaining a high quality physical plant.
  • We believe in “Knowledge for all.” As the only institution of higher education in the district, Southwestern Michigan College has the dual responsibilities of providing postsecondary career preparation for those who are seeking immediate employment and college coursework and degrees for those seeking baccalaureate degrees.
  • We have a commitment to being a learner-centered college, developing students through a total college life experience and providing them with 21st century services.

Mission Statement

The mission of Southwestern Michigan College is to serve our community by providing affordable local access to high quality postsecondary career preparation and college education – including the total college life experience.


A Michigan community college that averages in the top 5 percent for student transfer success, Southwestern Michigan College offers programs that lead to Associate degrees and/or certificates.

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