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Undergraduate TA for ENGR 1716

Posting Details

Posting Details

Date Posted 08/24/2017
Working Title Undergraduate TA for ENGR 1716
Anticipated Starting Academic Term Fall
Job Type Student
Job Category Classroom Support
Federal Work Study Required? No
Job Summary

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking Undergraduate Teaching Assistants for
ENGR 1716 The Art of Making: An Introduction to Hands-On
Systems Design and Engineering

Course Director: Joseph Samosky, PhD jts35@pitt.edu

We seek talented and motivated undergraduate students to serve as teaching assistants for The Art of Making in the fall term 2017. This is a project-based course that provides a highly interactive exploration of design thinking and tools and methods for inventing, designing and prototyping systems. Teaching assistants are an essential part of the project-based, learn-by-doing methodology of the Art of Making. The TA position offers qualified students the opportunity to work with a dynamic and interdisciplinary team; to greatly enhance practical skills in design thinking, prototyping, project management, teaching and mentoring; to explore and learn a wide variety of technologies; and receive the satisfaction that comes from supporting the creativity, inventions and education of dozens of other students as well as each other among the TA staff.

The prime requirements for the teaching assistants are enthusiasm for design and engineering, a commitment to excellent service and the enjoyment of working interactively and productively with students in project-based learning, both individually and in teams; experience with design and fabrication; the ability to work flexibly and responsibly in a multi-disciplinary team, and availability for a nominal workload of no more than 10 hours per week.

We also seek students with practical experience in one or more of the following areas related to the course content:

• User-centric design methodologies: stakeholder discovery, needs finding, creative ideation, low-resolution prototyping, experience prototyping
• Basic electronics and prototyping: breadboarding, soldering, test equipment
• Microcontrollers, especially the Arduino platform
• Sensors, displays and actuators (motors, servos)
• Mechanical design and fabrication, skill in use of basic hand tools
• Familiarity with SolidWorks, 3D printing and laser cutting
• Photography and video production, directing, filming and editing

Job Requirements

Time requirements and schedule

Duration of position: August 28 through December 8.

First day of class: Tuesday, August 29
Last day of class: Thursday, December 7
Fall Design Expo: Thursday, December 7 or Friday December 8 (tentative)

Anticipated work hours are no more than 10 hours per week, on average, including some time devoted to preparing for the course in advance of the first class. This time is distributed roughly as follows:

4 hours class time: 4-6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
2 hours class prep time: the hour preceding the start of each class
1 hours instructional staff group meeting/ideation sessions:
3 hours assisting with helping students, grading work, “course R&D” and other activities as described below

Specific responsibilities include:
• Availability for the class and prep sessions each week.
• Assisting with planning and preparation for class sessions.
• Supporting and guiding interactive exercises during class.
• Presenting selected course material.
• Testing new course content and exercises.
• Assisting in grading assignments and providing feedback to students.
• Developing course media, including written guides and handouts, digital media including images and videos, and web-based content.
• Participating in weekly planning and ideation meetings.
• Reading the assignments for each week and being prepared to assist students and answer questions regarding the assignments.
• Being available for office hours (maker hours) for student support.
• Responding to students’ requests for assistance via Piazza and other communication platforms.
• Assisting with planning, setup and support for the Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo (date to be finalized but anticipated being Thursday, December 7).
• Assisting with maintaining, organizing and developing the G34 Innovation Space, including materials, display media, equipment, literature and tools.

Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Hourly Pay Rate $9.37
Anticipated Number of Openings 15
Anticipated Hours per Week 10
Anticipated Weekly Schedule

Discuss with course instructor –
4 hours class time: 4-6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
2 hours class prep time: the hour preceding the start of each class
1 hours instructional staff group meeting/ideation sessions:
3 hours assisting with helping students, grading work, “course R&D” and other activities as described below

Campus Pittsburgh
Primary Work Location G34 Benedum
Posting Number S-05365-P

Posting Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently a University of Pittsburgh student or were you enrolled in the previous or upcoming semester?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Do you have a Federal Work Study (FWS) award?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter