Consultant/Trainer - Automation & Robotics Center

Vacancy Notice: Monday, November 21, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Position Type: Professional
Hours: Full Time
Department: Business and Community Education
Reports To: Director, Automation & Robotics Center

Job Summary

Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and expertise in the area of Automation and Robotics? Are you passionate about making an impact and empowering others with life changing opportunities? If so, Hawkeye Community College has a great opportunity for you!

The Business and Community Education department is looking for a Consultant/Trainer at our Automation and Robotics Center to join their team.

The Business and Community Education department provides services to the community, students and businesses looking for short-term training, continuing education, workforce training, apprenticeships, customized business training, and community resources. The Automation and Robotics Center will open at a new campus located in Waterloo, Iowa and projected to be completed by Spring 2023. It will be the first in the state to provide open lab, competency and project based training, and hands-on skill assessment with industry recognized stackable credentials. The center will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and instructional programming from FANUC, Rockwell, and Amatrol. Aligning our programming with Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) standards and center will serve the region. Students will be moved along their career focused pathway and businesses to their workforce goals utilizing customized training preparing each to be digitally ready for the future of advanced manufacturing.

As the Consultant/Trainer at the Automation & Robotics Center, you will primarily be responsible for the instruction, development and coordination of training solutions facing the advanced manufacturing sector and workforce. This is done by providing hands-on training in various automation and industrial maintenance lab activities such as safety, robotics, PLC, electrical, motors, controls, instrumentation, automated systems, diagnostics, and troubleshooting. In this position, you will be serving students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations.

Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through our Adult Learning Center, Business and Community Education Department as well as through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs. Hawkeye Community College’s mission is about empowering students, strengthening businesses and enriching communities with a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Promotes, supports, and serves as a key point person for the development and advancement of the Automation and Robotics Center.

  • Provides instruction, supervision, and advice to a diverse learner/student population in various modalities of learning and environments.

  • Develops, implements, and coordinates workforce and training solutions for advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0, 5.0, and smart automation.

  • Provides continuous training improvement strategies to support programs, students and businesses through technical leadership and subject matter expertise.

  • Teaches assigned courses and serves as a subject matter expert in of one or more area with the ability to learn or facilitate knowledge sharing within lesson plans of safety, robotics, electrical systems, PLC systems, motors, controls, instrumentation, automated systems, diagnostics, and troubleshooting.

  • Implements instructional methods and materials that are appropriate for meeting stated objectives, assessing accomplishments of students on a regular basis, and providing progress reports as requested and required.

  • Participates in program, curriculum, and student learning outcomes (SLO) development, revision, and assessment.

  • Provides leadership, mentorship and supervision to technical staff, adjuncts, and students.

  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with all college employees, students, community partners, clients, and affiliates.

  • Collaborates with center industry partners to include Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA), FANUC, Amatrol etc. to strengthen and/or develop programs and to provide student access to learning opportunities, such as apprenticeships, internships, externships, or other work-based learning activities.

  • Maintains an organized and clean instructional environment.

  • Troubleshoots and addresses issues that arise in day to day running of the Automation and Robotics Center and provide timely responses and solutions as required.

  • Develops and revises appropriate program and course curriculum in response to discipline and workforce needs.

  • Partners with internal and external stakeholders to manage Center projects.

  • Ensures proper inventory of training supply and maintenance of the equipment.

  • Participates in and implements departmental and center program reviews.

  • Collects, systematizes, and analyzes program and student data.

  • Provides professional consulting services to the government or industry.

  • Participates in campus committees as assigned.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Unless otherwise approved under Hawkeye’s remote work policy, regular on campus and/or onsite attendance is considered an essential function of the position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates degree in industrial, automation, mechanical or related field.

  • Three (3) years of directly related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must obtain SACA instructor level certification within the first 6 months of hire.

  • Mastery of one of the key subject areas of advanced manufacturing.

  • Knowledge of Industrial Maintenance standards.

  • Knowledge of various programmable logic-controlled systems.

  • Knowledge in servicing and maintaining manufacturing and distribution equipment.

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt curriculum to specific industry applications.

  • Demonstrated ability to travel to and from work sites and meetings.

  • Demonstrated ability work flexible hours to include days and evenings.

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic and disability backgrounds of community college students.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service, maintain student confidence and protect operational integrity.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse student population, faculty, staff, and the general public.

  • Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal communication.

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications, and video conferencing technology.

  • Demonstrated ability to execute organization and department policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential/sensitive information with discretion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Automation or closely related field.

  • Post-secondary education teaching experience in basic to advanced manufacturing theory.

  • Mastery of multiple subject areas in advanced manufacturing.

  • Strong commitment to professional growth and development, and to the continued innovation and improvement of successful teaching.

  • Experience in preparing students for industry-related certifications.

  • Experience with online/blended instructional delivery methods.

Working Conditions

Center hours are Monday – Friday 7am – 9pm. Flexibility in scheduling will be vial to accommodate class schedules. Setting individual core hours will be encouraged with flex hours to accommodate instructional and community requirements.

Work is performed either in or a combination of an office setting, classroom setting, industrial lab environment, as well as potential exposure to a manufacturing like space using technology. Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Sit, stand, bend, lift and move frequently during working hours. During course of day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computers.

Employment Status

Full time, exempt position with comprehensive or competitive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; tuition reimbursement; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).

Application Procedure

  • Complete an online application at

    • Submit/upload a cover letter addressing the following:

      • Please list your industry certification and credentials.

      • Concisely explain how Industry 4.0 will impact Hawkeye’s Industrial Automation program.

      • Explain your experience implementing technical training systems and developing curriculum

    • Submit/upload a resume.

    • Submit/upload 3 professional references with a minimum of 1 being from a current/past supervisor.

  • Submit the online application and all required materials by January 3, 2023.  Preference will be given to applicants who submit the required materials on or before January 3rd.  This position will remain open until filled.  

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Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Contact Information

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Jobs Line: 319-296-2329 ext.5000‚Äč
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If you are in need of any special accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

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