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Welding Program Instructor

Date Posted: July 17, 2014
Type: Full-time
Job Details

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY: The instructor is responsible for teaching a full-time assignment of classes on the Emmetsburg Campus, as defined by the College and/or collective bargaining agreement. Assignments will be during evenings/weekends.  This may include continuing education and industry training, teaching high school students and teaching courses outside a faculty specialty area (e.g. related math, computer skills, human relations, communications, etc.).  Must evaluate and report student performance and progress in assigned courses in accordance with College and division policies and procedures. Position is contingent on continued grant funding.  

DEPARTMENT: Career and Technical 
REPORT TO: Campus Executive Dean


Constant (67-100%)

  1. Effectively organize, teach and evaluate student performance and progress in assigned course offerings in accordance with established syllabi.  Assignments may include various delivery formats, methods, work schedules and locations. 
  2. Evaluate and record student performance and progress according to College and division guidelines.
  3. Maintain current course syllabi and provide student guides for all courses taught.
  4. Design and implement teaching methodologies for classroom and laboratory activities, which develop the competencies needed for individuals employed in welding.
  5. Maintain compliance with grants, supervision of funded part-time staff, record keeping and reporting and communication with College Grants Office and Administration.
  6. Assist program coordinator with ATF accreditation and service to area industry.
  7. Assist with program promotion and student recruitment.

Frequent (34-66%)

  1. Maintain established office hours.
  2. Serve as academic advisor to students and make referrals, when deemed necessary, to other College personnel, such as the Executive Dean, Counselors, Financial Aid, etc. for more specialized information and assistance.
  3. Attend and serve on assigned and voluntary program and College committees.
  4. Assist in the development of new courses and revisions of existing courses in discipline area to insure continued program growth and development.
  5. Arrange lab sites for student practical experiences and monitor progress.
  6. Coordinate and obtain available welding supplies materials from area sources.
  7. Work with Continuing Education to develop and provide noncredit courses and industry training.

Occasional (10-33%)

  1. Regularly engage in professional development activities and keep current with developing trends and ideas in profession.
  2. Assist in the process of requesting and maintaining instructional equipment and supplies for classrooms/laboratories use.
  3. Assist the supervisor in the budgeting process.
  4. Assist in the maintenance and enhancement of communication within the College and community.
  5. Encourage and foster student participation in professional organizations, College activities, and community activities.


  1. Represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current student, staff and the community, and understand the Community College concept. Possess a commitment to a student-centeredenvironment.
  2. Ability to organize and present various curriculum concepts to a wide range of students with varying backgrounds and abilities and adjust teaching techniques accordingly.
  3. Present oneself in a classroom setting in a manner that is acceptable and consistent with program and College guidelines, policies and practices
  4. Assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  5. Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, staff, other agriculture personnel, administrators and other contacts.
  6. Read, understand and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written communications.
  7. Possess strong human relations skills and the ability to effectively relate to diverse personalities and sensitive to various learning styles.
  8. Be a creative, energetic and self-motivated individual with demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.
  9. Possess a working knowledge of personal computers, software (Microsoft Office and other applications) and educational media equipment.   
  10. Ability to operate tools and equipment unique to the welding industry.  

SPECIAL DEMANDS: Position involves sitting or standing in an office or classroom/laboratory setting, which may include an actual industry welding site; the physical requirements of a welder are required. Constant (67-100%) reaching, standing walking, lifting, grasping, talking hearing, repetitive motions and viewing various types of close visual work. Frequent (34-66%) stooping, crouching, pushing, pulling and carrying. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force frequently, 50 pounds of force occasionally, and infrequently higher force. Required to operate equipment common to the welding trade.  May be required to travel between sites utilizing personal vehicle. Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record and provide proof of insurance.

Employment with Iowa Lakes Community College is dependent upon successful passage of a criminal background check.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions, job duties/responsibilities, and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: At least three years (6000 hours), preferably five years of recent and relevant work (welding) experience required. Preference given for teaching experience and an Associate Degree.  Must be or become experienced with all welding processes used at the College: GMAW, SMAW, GTAW, FCAW, OFW, OFC, PAC, brazing and soldering.  Must be or be able to attain Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) within six (6) months of employment.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and related experience for a 169 day contract.

FRINGE BENEFITS: Paid sick leave and personal leave.  Employee health, dental and vision insurance.  Partially funded family health, dental, and vision insurance available. Employee life and disability insurance. Employee retirement package.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  The following items must be included in your application packet before it will be considered a complete application:

  • Employment Application form
  • Applicant Confidential Information form (This data is used to comply with government required affirmative action record keeping only and is not used for applicant screening purposes.)
  • A letter addressing your qualifications for the position
  • A resume
  • A copy of transcripts, with originals due upon hiring

Only complete application packets will be considered for the position vacancy.

Beginning date – Fall term 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position remains open until filled.

Application:  Employment Application 

(Save document to your computer and fill in application. Re-save completed application and email as an attachment to Diane Friesner at You may also print out the completed form and mail it to Iowa Lakes Community College, 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, IA 51334.) *** 

*** NOTE: Applications must be complete, including Employment Application Form, Applicant Confidential Information Form, Letter Addressing Qualifications, Resume and Transcripts (if required). See individual job descriptions for instructions. Incomplete applications will not be considered

Contact Information

Contact Diane Friesner at 712-362-0409 or

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