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Full-Time Faculty, Diesel
Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Virginia
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Date Posted 11/07/2019
Faculty-Vocational & Technical-Automotive
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Position Open Until Filled
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), located 15 miles northeast of Seattle, is the only public institute of technology in Washington state and has provided high quality education since 1949. 
We offer 8 applied bachelor's degrees, 43 associate degrees and 91 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. LWTech is located within the city of Kirkland, which is home to companies such as GoDaddy, Google, Astronics and EvergreenHealth, and the college is within minutes from Microsoft and Nintendo. LWTech was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 two-year colleges in the nation in 2018 and is proud to be a Military Friendly School.

Develop and teach a variety of courses related to the diesel and heavy equipment technician program. This program leads to a certificate or an AAS degree in diesel technology. Foster student achievement of discipline-specific, college-wide, and transfer degree learning outcomes. Assess and modify curriculum as needed to meet the changing needs of the diesel industry. Teach classes in a variety of timeframes and delivery formats. Work with other faculty and administrators to plan, implement, and update program and program materials. Take part in college activities, student advising, mentoring part-time faculty and scheduling. This position reports to the division dean.

LWTech is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its staff and faculty. We serve a student population of 6,500 that come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly value diversity and are working to improve access and successful educational outcomes for all students. We are actively seeking applicants that will help to balance our employee workforce to align with our students and community. Questions regarding the College's commitment to diversity and our campus culture may be directed to Human Resources.Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Council



  • Prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain diesel related systems in tractor trailer, locomotive, mass transit, heavy equipment, power generation and marine applications, including but not limited to:

    • Welding and fabrication, vehicle chassis and frames

    • Electro-mechanical control systems

    • Electro pneumatic control systems

    • Electro-hydraulic control systems

    • Hydraulic engine control systems

    • Pneumatic engine control systems

    • Marine propulsion control systems

    • Off-highway equipment motion control systems

    • On/off-highway Telemetric systems 

    • Electronic logging devices

    • Power generation control systems

    • Electrical circuits, electronics, multiplexing, body control modules and instrumentation

    • Principles of technology

    • Power trains, clutches, converters, transmissions, and differentials

    • Finals, undercarriage, steering, suspension and alignment

    • Pneumatic systems and traction control

    • Fluid power components and schematics

    • Brake systems, ABS and EBS components and configuration

    • Engines, emissions, fuel injection, subsystems and controls

  • Plan and develop a variety of program courses appropriate to the diesel program goals; develop and assess curriculum

  • Teach productive and constructive work habits, study skills, and core skills as identified by the college; develop and incorporate instructional methods that support best learning practices; model the communication, computation, and human relations skills required for employment in diesel technology fields

  • Develop and teach lessons that foster and support cultural diversity and non-discrimination; design learning experiences for the unique characteristics of individual students

  • Develop and maintain classroom and lab procedures, including safety, that follow local, state, and federal policies and procedures; share responsibility for educational facilities and equipment

  • Communicate expectations and establish clear grading criteria through appropriate instructional means, including but not limited to developing course syllabi, handouts, and materials that support the instructional process; evaluate student progress, maintain appropriate records, and provide clear, timely feedback; deal consistently and fairly with all students

  • Pursue appropriate professional development activities to stay current in the assigned teaching field and technical field

  • Develop and maintain industry and community support for diesel and transportation programs; attend advisory committee meetings and maintain contact with industry for co-op job placement and follow-up activities

  • Be familiar with and advance the college's mission, vision, and goals and how they relate to academic and technical programs; follow college, local, state and federal policies and procedures; attend department and college meetings as appropriate

  • Work with college counselors, special needs faculty, and other faculty to identify and incorporate general education learning needs for technical students

  • Other duties as assigned

In addition, full-time faculty will also:

  • Maintain regular office hours

  • Develop and assess program, curriculum, and educational outcomes

  • Perform advising, recruiting and retention activities

  • Take part in college accreditation, program review and college committees as specified in the faculty bargained agreement

  • Perform other professional activities as approved by the dean



  • Two years full-time related industry work experience required

  • Associate degree required

  • Knowledge and experience in current diesel technology related to diagnosis and repair; knowledge and skills must be in all phases of the occupation including: engines, drive trains, suspension systems, fuel systems and electrical/electronic computer systems

  • Industry certifications strongly preferred

  • Hold or be eligible to obtain a state professional-technical certificate to teach in the technical area; valid First Aid certificate required

  • Recent college teaching experience and experience with various teaching methods preferred

  • Ability to use computer technology as a component of instructional delivery required, with willingness to learn and integrate the college's online learning management system into content delivery within one year of hire

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and customer service skills

  • Experience in and commitment to working with undergraduate education strongly preferred

  • Willingness to participate on college, division, or department committees

  • Must have sensitivity and ability to successfully interact with diverse populations

  • Due to the diversity of the college population, we encourage applicants who are multilingual



Placement on the faculty salary schedule is based on an individual assessment of education and experience. Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications; salary is for an academic year (173 days) and as may be adjusted according to the faculty bargained agreement. Working hours are usually Monday through Friday between 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, with some evening advising and other flexible hours as needed. Summer quarter employment may be available based on student enrollment. This is a full-time, Annual Renewable position, with the possibility of converting to Tenure Track. Medical, dental, and insurance benefits are provided as currently administered under Public Employees Benefits Board; State Retirement Plan; sick leave is equal to 1 day per month, effective upon employment.
Required Online Application Materials

  • Online application

  • Current resume

  • Cover letter

  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

Conditions of Employment

  • Official transcripts/certifications will be required upon employment

  • Job offers are contingent upon successful completion of background/reference checks

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

  • Mobility: ability to sit, walk or stand for extended periods of time

  • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes and/or prepare materials or equipment

  • Lifting: frequently lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects up to 10 pounds Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person

  • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate, frequent contact with co-workers, as well as the public

  • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently

Environmental/Work Conditions

  • Frequent use of office equipment

  • Exposure to weather; corridors between building are located outdoors

Eligibility Verification

  • If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work

Affirmative Action Statement
Lake Washington Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in is programs and activities. Questions regarding the College's Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Meena Park, Executive Director of Human Resources, Affirmative Action Office/Title IX Coordinator, (425) 739-8212.
re-opened until filled -6/26/19

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