Automotive Technology/Agriculture Mechanics Full-Time Tenure Track Instructor (2023)

Job Description Summary

The Engineering and Technology Division at Cuesta College is seeking a Full-Time Tenure Track Automotive Technology Instructor, that includes a leadership and limited teaching role in the Agricultural Mechanics department. While the candidate's primary responsibility will be teaching sections in the Automotive Technology Department in both Fall and Spring semesters, the candidate will also have additional college and division responsibilities, outlined below.

Cuesta College provides students with a rich and dynamic learning experience, emphasizing collaboration, and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging students to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our Cuesta College team you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students, and community partners.

Cuesta College and the Division of Engineering and Technology serves and values a diverse student population. Therefore, it is vital that our faculty, staff, and administrators demonstrate an understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds as well as sexual orientation and abilities of all constituents in the Cuesta College community. The successful candidate will be committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students, and community partners who share a commitment to closing equity gaps. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:

  1. Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;
  2. Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;
  3. Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;
  4. Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and
  5. Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.

Cuesta College seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to utilize, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.

Effective teaching begins with good preparation. Faculty are responsible for choosing appropriate course materials, including resources at low or no cost to students, developing a student-centered equity-minded syllabus, one that adheres to the college-approved Course Outline of Record, outlines classroom expectations, and content to be covered; as well as creating a plan for content delivery, determining the best way to assess student learning, and assigning grades. It also includes respectful instructor-student communication, availability during office hours, and identifying and connecting students with college services and resources.

Subject Matter Preparation
Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Have recent successful experience teaching college-level Automotive Technology courses in all, or almost all, of the following areas – Engine Mechanical, Manual Drivetrains/Transmissions, Automatic Transmissions, Chassis, Suspension and Alignment, Braking systems, Automotive Electrical and Electrical Accessories, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems, Engine Performance, and Emissions Controls (Smog Check), Automotive Business relationships.
  • Experience in Electric Vehicles, Hybrid vehicles, ADAS, and emerging transportation technologies is desired.
  • Have professional work experience in the field of Automotive Technology and Agricultural Mechanics.

Evidence of Outstanding Ability as a Teacher
Appropriate evidence includes, but is not limited to, experience, training, or achievement that the candidate can provide that can be used to validate:
  • Commitment to staying up to date with the latest developments in Automotive Technology and/or Agricultural Mechanics and in collaborating with industry and/or professional organizations on curriculum and partnership development
  • The ability to continuously reflect on, evaluate, and improve teaching methods
  • The ability to organize and explain materials/instructions in ways appropriate to students’ abilities and learning styles
  • The ability to use teaching methods that engage students actively in their own learning, promote development of critical thinking skills, and encourage students to become lifelong learners
  • The ability to use instructional methods that emphasize cooperation and collaboration.
  • The ability to motivate students from a broad spectrum of cultural, academic, socioeconomic, and language backgrounds
  • The ability to develop student learning outcomes and methods for assessing students’ achievement of those outcomes
  • The enthusiasm for, understanding of, and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college
  • Familiarity with and willingness to expand the use of technology in Automotive Technology/Ag Mechanics, including online instruction
  • A commitment to the teaching profession, its goals and ideals, and enthusiasm for the mission of the community college

College and/or departmental responsibilities include the following activities:
  • Achieving and maintaining Cuesta College Distance Education certification
  • Assisting with the leadership role in the Automotive Department and leading the Agriculture Mechanics Department (i.e. scheduling, budgeting, equipment ordering)
  • Developing and updating courses and course/program curriculum
  • Serving on college committees and taskforces (Participatory Governance) per faculty contract
  • Researching and writing program review for Agricultural Mechanics and assisting with Automotive Technology program review.
  • Serving on peer evaluation and hiring committeesas needed
  • Course scheduling for Automotive Technology and Agricultural Mechanics
  • Working collaboratively with full-time and part-time instructors in both departments
  • Collaborating with community about curriculum changes, job opportunities, or scholarship opportunities for students
  • Maintaining collegial, professional, and ethical conduct
  • Lead and/or assist in maintaining the Department’s ASE Education Foundation Certification, per ASE timeline.
  • Organizing and leading annual advisory meetings in the subject matter areas
  • Regularly submitting assessment results into the college outcomes and assessments database
Selected applicants will be asked to interview via Zoom for a full-time tenure track position as an Automotive/Ag Mechanics instructor in the Engineering and Technology Division on Monday, July 12 or Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Second interviews will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The selected applicant will begin their full-time teaching assignment in the 2021-2022 school year which begins on August 10, 2021. Assignments will be day, evening, and potentially online classes at the San Luis Obispo Campus, North County Campus in Paso Robles, South County Center in Arroyo Grande, or other sites in San Luis Obispo County.

Located in the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, Cuesta College has provided comprehensive associate degree offerings, certificates, and community programs since 1964. Committed to be an inclusive institution that inspires a diverse student population to achieve their educational goals, we are proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. Cuesta College is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity that reflects our student population; we strive to hire candidates that share the value of commitment to diversity and inclusion. As part of the Cuesta College team, you can expect to be part of a collaborative community of faculty, classified staff, administrators, students, and community partners advancing educational excellence with intentional support services leading to student success and completion.

Additional information about the college can be found at:
The college planning documents can be found at:
Our Student Equity Action Plan can be found at:
We offer comprehensive benefit options. Information about benefits can be found at:

Essential Functions & Qualifications


-Any bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution;


-Two years of professional experience in the field.


-Any associate’s degree from an accredited institution;


-Six years of professional experience in the field.

-The equivalent (candidates making application on the basis of equivalency must submit all materials requested for an equivalency judgment, indicated on the Equivalency Process link listed in Additional Information).
-A valid Community College credential in the discipline.

Applicants required to possess and maintain ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certification in the areas they will teach. ASE Mater Technician, and L1 Certification desired. Required to maintain 20 hours of industry training per year.

Additional Requirement:
-Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Teaching experience in the discipline, community college level preferred
  • Awareness of the philosophy and objectives of California Community Colleges
  • Willingness to examine and remediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized and other disproportionately impacted students
  • Experience and skill with addressing inequity in the classroom and on campus
  • Experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching in the Automotive/Ag Mechanics settings
  • Demonstrated ability to address equity gaps within Automotive/Ag Mechanics courses and topics
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving Institution designation for institutional, departmental and instructional practices

Additional Information

Candidates are asked to complete entire application and submit all of the required documents listed below.When uploading documents, PDF uploads are preferred.

  • Cover letter/personal statement (see full instructions below);
  • Resume(see instructions below);
  • Reference list (see instructions below); and
  • Unofficial transcripts.

Cover Letter/Personal Statement Instructions:

  • Limit number of words to 500 maximum;
  • Include your teaching philosophy that may include your teaching values, beliefs and/or goals;
  • Consider how the Cuesta College Mission Statement connects to your philosophy;
  • Consider your experience teaching face-to-face and distance education;
  • Include answering one or more of the following questions:
    1. What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized?
    2. Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success for racially-minoritized and other underrepresented students?
    3. How is your teaching approach culturally-responsive and inclusive to the students you serve?


  • Include all relevant education, training, and teaching experience (including courses taught), and other work experience.

Professional Reference List:

  • Include names, job titles, phone numbers, email addresses;
  • Minimum of three.

Equivalency: If you do not meet the minimum qualifications for the position please include an equivalency argument. For directions on what is an acceptable equivalency argument please review the requirements listed on the following link:

Completed online applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the closing date for this position. LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, MAILED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Please contact HR at to ensure all documents have been uploaded and your application packet is complete up until 72 hours before the closing date.

Additional Information:
Cuesta College will not sponsor any visa applications.

San Luis Obispo County Community College District ("Cuesta College") is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, disability (physical and mental), genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal and state law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Cuesta College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

In compliance with California law, all prospective staff and students are entitled to read the Annual Security Report, published each October by the Cuesta College Department of Public Safety. This report contains information about our emergency and crime reporting procedures, as well as crime statistics for the past 3 years. You may request a copy of this report at one of our two Public Safety Offices: on SLO campus at Building 6600A or on North County Campus at building N1021, during campus business hours. You may also access the complete text of this report at the following website address:

Interview Process Information

Selected applicants will be required to attend a Zoom interview and teaching demonstration on Monday, July 12, 2021 or Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Second interviews will be held via Zoom on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

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