Utah State University

Lecturer or Professional Practice Assistant Professor – Welding

City Blanding Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(2/2/2023 2:24 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Technology Design & Technical Educ
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Technology, Design and Technical Education in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University (USU) offers a non-tenure track, nine-month faculty position as a Lecturer, or Professional Practice Assistant Professor of Welding. As part of USU's land grant mission to make academic programs accessible throughout the state, the position will be physically located at the USU Blanding Campus in Blanding, Utah. 

This position is a non-tenure track academic-year (nine-month) appointment with the possibility of summer funding based upon external funding sources and/or departmental opportunities. The primary role assignment is teaching (95% of role) and the successful candidate will teach undergraduate career and technical education courses to students pursuing welding certificates and degrees with a focus upon southeast Utah. A major focus of this position is to build stackable pathways with concurrent enrollment, focused welding training, culminating in technical education certificates, and further stackablity into AAS and BS degrees based upon industry needs. The target is to provide opportunities for students and to develop a skilled welding workforce in Southeastern Utah. Additionally, all faculty members are expected to make positive contributions to the University through service (5% of role).


Estimated start date is August 1, 2023.


The successful applicant for the position will teach courses in the welding program with an emphasis on students enrolled in the welding technology certificate programs. As the welding program at USU-Blanding will be newly implemented, the successful candidate is also responsible for the initial planning, setup, and preparation of the welding facility and equipment. Instructional emphasis will be placed on providing excellent instruction in the common arc welding processes – specifically GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, and SMAW. Specific courses within the work assignment may include, but are not limited to, thermal cutting, print reading, welding procedure conformance, weld inspection, AWS welding symbols and definitions, and metallurgy. Additionally, the importance of providing welding training to non-degree seeking students will be recognized. Instruction to concurrent enrollment students, adults, and the local workforce, as needed, will be expected. Participation in university, college, and departmental activities is required as part of each USU faculty member’s service responsibilities. Engagement in the local community is expected.  In addition, the effective use of USU’s learning management system (i.e., Canvas) is required.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing and delivering classroom and hands-on instruction focused on workforce training and industry recognized certifications.
  • Teaching courses in common and advanced arc welding and cutting processes (GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, SMAW, OFC, PAC, CAC-A), following AWS/ASME standards, for certificates.
  • Teaching courses that provide workforce training and industry validated certifications.
  • Teaching evening, high school, and community courses as needed.
  • Managing, maintaining, and improving the welding facility and equipment.
  • Coordinating annual program advisory committees (PAC) meetings.
  • Recruiting and mentoring welding students.
  • Participating in and promoting SkillsUSA.
  • Serving on department and university committees.
  • Actively participating in professional growth and development.
  • Collaborating as a contributing member of a faculty team.
  • Fulfilling other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • A.S. or A.A.S. degree in welding or a closely related field from an accredited school.
  • At least three years of industry or related experience where work is performed to a recognized industry code and is primarily focused on welding. Up to two years of post-secondary welding education experience may be substituted for work experience.
  • CWI certification or the ability to obtain the certification within one year of hire.
  • Journeyman level welding skills in one or more of the following arc welding processes: SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, or GTAW.
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching.
  • A desire to succeed and a willingness to work to become a better instructor.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Career and Technical Education mission of USU Blanding.
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a culturally diverse workforce in a multicultural setting.

Professional Practice Assistant Professor:

In addition to the qualifications listed above:

  • B.S. degree in welding or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience teaching high school or college students in welding. 
  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)
  • Welding certifications (Welding Procedure Qualification Record - WPQR), and journeyman level welding skills.
  • Experience with WPS (Welding Procedure Specification) and PQR (Procedure Qualification Record) procedure development and conformity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Dynamic interpersonal skills and a commitment as a team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster consensus and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve specific departmental goals and develop related curriculum.
  • Demonstrated ability to accommodate student learning preferences and abilities through field exercises, labs, hands-on, lecture, self-directed learning, and capstone projects.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV - includes education degrees and dates of completion, employment dates and a description of responsibilities, professional certifications and applicable dates, and any awards, professional memberships, and welding certifications.
  2. Documents below to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
    • Cover Letter -describes your qualifications related to this position.
    • Unofficial electronic copy of academic transcripts.
    • Teaching Philosophy Statement (1-2 pages) that clearly and effectively communicates your professional teaching philosophy as it applies to the field of welding.
  3. Three professional references with contact information

Other materials which would be helpful, but are not required may include:

  • Welder Performance Qualification Records (welding certifications)
  • Student evaluations or other evidence of quality teaching, if you have previous teaching experience
  • Applicant developed course materials such as sample syllabi, course notes, handouts or other teaching materials which demonstrate evidence of effective teaching.

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

This position is based at USU Blanding, which is a rapidly developing location in the Utah State University Statewide network of campuses. Without leaving Blanding, students can obtain a large number of certificates, endorsements, and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Courses are delivered using a variety of formats including face-to-face instruction and various distance education technologies (e.g., online and interactive video conferencing). Utah State University has worked closely with Blanding leaders and federal agency partners to create a future vision of post-secondary education in San Juan County. USU Blanding is located in Utah's Canyon Country in the southeastern corner of the state. Blanding City and the surrounding area provides a beautiful backdrop for a stellar education. Residents and visitors have the opportunity to experience beautiful scenery and varied outdoor activities from site-seeing and museums to climbing, hiking, and ATV trail-riding.

For more information about USU Blanding, please visit: http://Blanding.usu.edu/

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

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

U.S. Department of Education, Office 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


*updated 11/2022


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