Utah State University

Professional Practice Instructor – Instrument and Controls

City Price Campus
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/12/2020 6:42 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Aviation & Technical Education
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Aviation & Technical Education in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University is seeking a Professional Practice Instructor for the Instrument and Controls Program at USU Eastern. This is a full-time, academic year, non-tenure track appointment with an additional two months of effort provided to ensure a successful program. This position involves 95% teaching and 5% service.

The proposed start date for this position will be January 1, 2021.


The primary responsibility will be to design, implement, and teach a competency-based, open entry/open exit curriculum that meets industry standards. The primary instructional goal is to provide students the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Completion within a one-year time frame. The successful applicant will also be responsible for the development of the laboratory learning environment and activities – including recommending purchase of equipment for instruction and industry approved assessment. The program instructor will report to the Associate Department Head for the Aviation and Technical Education (AVTE) Department (Dr. Jamie Cano – located in Price), and the Department Head (Bruce Miller – located in Logan).

  • Teach four Instruments and Control courses each semester (fall, spring, and summer).
  • Demonstrate safety awareness and safe work practices by recognizing and avoiding electrical hazards.
  • Provide master electrician proficiency in teaching basic instrument and electrical theory. The basic principles demonstrated will include Ohm's Law, Pressure Concepts related to Process Control, and PLC Ladder Logic.
  • Develop the Instruments and Controls program by building the curriculum course-by-course in the USU Learning Management System (Canvas).
  • Build-out the Instruments and Control classroom and lab to teach effectively the competencies for student success.
  • Establish and respond to an industry advisory committee to insure program completers are ready for industry employment and industry advancement.
  • Recruit, provide career advice, and assist students with job placement related to the Instruments and Controls Certificate of Completion program.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates of Science, Electrical Engineering Technology, or equivalent engineering/technology degree.
  • A demonstrated understanding of electrical circuits, wiring diagrams, and the fundamentals of control signals.
  • The ability to use electrical concepts and equipment to select, justify, design, and troubleshoot basic circuits, process controls, and controller programming.
  • An understanding of and the ability to teach programmable electronic systems (PLC, DCS, SIS, SCADA).
  • Documented experience with control system networks including control system basics, process controls, shutdown values, and field measurement devices.
  • Familiar with drawings and documentation for instruments and control projects and problem resolution.
  • Basic word processing and spreadsheet skills and demonstrated electronic communication process proficiency (i.e. Word, Excel, Solidworks, email, Google Docs, and Drop-Box).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering Technology, or equivalent.
  • Journeyman or Master Electrician License.
  • Knowledge of the career and technical education curriculum design process DACUM.
  • Knowledgeable of OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart S Electrical and NFPA 70E® Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
  • Recent (past 2 years) experience with power plant operation.
  • Experience/familiarity with union-approved instrument and controls curriculum standards

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume to be uploaded to the Candidate Profile

2) Letter of interest addressing the requires qualifications to be typed/pasted into a Cover Lettr text box at the end of the application

3) Three Professional References with contact information


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

USU Eastern provides the best of both worlds—the feel and personalized attention of a community college, with the educational opportunities and resources of a university. USU Eastern is able to provide personal or professional development training as well as associate, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. USU Eastern is committed to supporting our students and members of our community through quality education and an enjoyable campus experience.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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