I teach mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and I lead a research lab that designs new haptic technologies for human interaction with computers, machines, and robots.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Salary Median (2020)
Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)
+8.6% (as fast as the average)
Most Common Level of Education
Doctoral or professional degree
Roadtrip Nation Leaders in This Career
What Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary Do
Teach 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.
Other Job Titles Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary May Have
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Professor, Electrical Engineering Professor, Engineering Instructor, Engineering Professor, Environmental Engineering Professor, Instructor, Mechanical Engineering Professor, Professor
How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work
When most people think of a professor they think "teacher," and that is true. However, my work entails the two other "pillars of professorship"--research and service. On any given day, my research involves everything from grant writing, to presenting experimental results at conferences, to guiding students through their own masters and PhD programs. My service consists of working with an array of university committees that make decisions affecting both faculty and students.
Tasks & Responsibilities May Include
- Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
- Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
- Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
- Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
- Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
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