Academic Assistant Positions

CLOSED: APSC 200/293 Engineering Design and Practice II/Engineering Communications AA - Fall 2017 term

Posted on July 31, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for APSC 200/293 Academic Assistants (AAs) for Fall 2017.

The courses are related to design and communication, so strengths in these areas are strongly preferred. University graduates with a degree in any engineering or applied science discipline are welcome to apply, although some background in civil, mining, mechanical, mathematics, physics, electrical or computer engineering would be advantageous.

AA assignment duties will include assisting students during design and communication workshops, providing guidance and feedback to design project teams, and marking and recording grades for assignments, reports and presentations. Any necessary training will be included in the assignment.

The employability skills that are considered important and that will be further developed by this position include:

  • Technical writing
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork abilities
  • Confidence and ability to work with others as well as independently
  • Self-motivation, initiative
  • Time management

AA positions are 12 weeks in length and may range from 60-75 hours per term, depending on assigned section and duties.

Academic Assistants are governed by the Collective Agreement between the United Steelworkers and the University. Remuneration is $28.04/hour plus 7% in lieu of vacation and benefits, in accordance with the Collective Agreement (or, in the event of a new Collective Agreement, remuneration will be set at the new minimum rate). Collective Agreement details can be found at:

www.queensu.ca/humanresources/sites/webpublish.queensu.ca.hrdwww/files/files/employees/unions/usw2010_academic_assistants.pdf 

Please forward your applications to Gillian Woodruff (gillian.woodruff@queensu.ca) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. A review of completed applications will begin after August 6, 2017 and will continue until positions are filled.

Completed applications should include:

  1. C.V.
  2. Unofficial transcripts
  3. A concise cover letter explaining:
  • Why you want to be an AA for APSC 200/293
  • Your relevant experience for the position
  • Which of the following section numbers (200-208) fit within your fall timetable - you must be available for the section’s two workshop times shown (although both of the times will not always run every week):
SectionDeptDayWorkshop times
200 CIVL Wed 11:30-1:30
    Fri 11:30-1:30
201 CIVL Tues 2:30-4:30
    Thur 4:30-6:30
202 MINE Tues 2:30-4:30
    Thur 4:30-6:30
203 MTHE Tues 4:30-6:30
    Thur 2:30-4:30
204 ENPH Mon 3:30-5:30
    Wed 2:30-4:30
205 ECE Tues 9:30-11:30
    Thur 9:30-11:30
206 ECE Tues 11:30-1:30
    Thur 11:30-1:30
207 ECE Wed 9:30-10:30
    Fri 2:30-4:30
208 MTHE Wed 4:30-6:30
Fri 9:30-11:30

 

On your application, please also indicate whether you have already completed the following four online AODA training modules and the Health and Safety training now required for all Queen’s employees (note that if you completed APSC 100 then you will have done this H&S training). If you took APSC 100 please also indicate whether you have up-to-date WHMIS. If needed, this training would be included in this position and would need to be completed within two weeks of the start date:

 

The Faculty Office thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

Calendar information for the courses:

APSC 200 Engineering Design and Practice II F/W K 4

In this course students will participate constructively on teams to create solutions to open-ended complex problems, using standard design methods and tools. This project-based course provides instruction primarily in the first 6 weeks of the semester focusing on problem scoping, creativity and idea generation, decision making incorporating technical, economic, societal, and environmental factors, safety, engineering codes and regulations, and engineering ethics. The final 6 weeks of the course centre around a design project delivered by each discipline. This course is integrated with APSC-293, and coordinated by the same instructor. (0/0/12/0/36)

APSC 293 Engineering Communications F/W K 1

This course provides an introduction to effective engineering writing and speaking skills with the emphasis on professional correspondence, engineering reports, oral briefings, and formal oral presentations. These skills are developed in lectures and small group tutorials. This course is integrated with APSC-200, and coordinated by the same instructor. (0/0/12/0/0)

 


OPEN: APSC 100 Module 1 Complex problem solving Assistants - Fall term

Posted on July 19, 2017

All Academic Assistants are invited to apply for a Complex Problem Solving Assistantship in APSC 100. The course focuses on engineering design, problem solving, and professional practice. You can read more about this module here: edps.engineering.queensu.ca/EDPS-I/Module-1.html. This position is available for 12 weeks in the Fall 2017 term.

Individual contracts will be made depending on the hours available for the individual and the duties required but will be approximately 10 hours/week.

Duties may include assisting students with problem solving, answering student e-mails & inquiries, set-up and leading of tutorials, marking of assignments, summarizing student grades for the instructor and posting on the Learning Management System. Any necessary training will be included in the assignment.

Technical skills and interests that will be considered an asset for this position include:

  • Engineering software tools
  • Information retrieval and evaluation
  • Educational strategies in engineering education

The employability skills that will be considered complimentary to the technical skills above and that will be further developed by this position include:

  • Ability to lead a tutorial session with ~75 students (with 2 undergraduate student helpers)
  • Technical writing
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork abilities
  • Confidence and ability to work with others as well as independently
  • Self motivation, initiative
  • Time management

Course topics include:

  • Problem definition
  • Gather, understand and evaluate information sources
  • Modeling and argumentation
  • Teaming
  • Writing process
  • Idea generation
  • Decision making
  • Engineering ethics and codes
  • Economic analysis
  • Engineering law

 

There are also one or two "Coordination" position available that will involve coordinating other assistants as well as assisting in the lecture sessions with the instructor.

The rate of pay is 28.04 + 7% in lieu of vacation time in accordance with Union guidelines and will be updated as required.

www.queensu.ca/humanresources/employee-support/unions-and-associations

Please forward your applications to Aphra Rogers (rogersa@queensu.ca) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Review of completed applications will begin after August 1st, 2017 and continue until the positions are filled. Completed applications should include:

  1. C.V.
  2. A one-paragraph statement within the application e-mail stating why the position is of interest and relevant experience for the position.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Office thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

Calendar information APSC 101 (APSC 100 Module 1):

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop complex problem solving and critical thinking skills and to apply engineering science knowledge in modeling physical systems through computational software. Examples and project topics are chosen to complement instruction in engineering science and mathematics courses. Ethical, economic, and social factors are considered in engineering problem solving.