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Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Mechanical Engineering

Job Description

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is looking for a person to serve as a faculty advisor for several senior design capstone teams, specifically the ME 4015-4016 capstone series. The successful candidate must enjoy interacting with students and have good organizational and management skills. Responsibilities will include serving as a faculty advisor for 8-12 senior design capstone teams each academic year, and occasional opportunities to lecture on the practical elements of mechanical design. Senior design faculty advisors function as the mentor, engineering manager, subject matter expert, and liaison to an industry sponsor for the teams they advise. This position may involve other duties as assigned, including oversight of lab spaces for the design teams, oversight of team budgets, and occasional travel to visit industry sponsor sites. The position does not include a research component, but there may be opportunities to publish material related to the work product of the design teams.

Required Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • Two years of full-time mechanical engineering experience, beyond a graduate degree in designing, building, and testing mechanical and/or electromechanical systems with any of the following: robotics, mechanical systems, acoustics, automotive engineering, thermal-fluid systems, energy conversion systems.
  • Evidence of a strong desire to teach students the practical aspects of mechanical engineering (to be addressed in the cover letter).
  • Conviction Check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • Experience managing others or leading a team
  • Three years of experience full-time mechanical engineering practice beyond graduate degree.

Appointment Type


Review Date

July 5, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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