Post-secondary Engineering Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Conducts research in a particular field of knowledge and publishes findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as mechanics, hydraulics, and robotics.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
  • Supervises undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Supervises students' laboratory work.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Plans, evaluates, and revises curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

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