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ENGINEERING PROFESSOR: Hands On Teaching

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Bassam has been a professor of electrical and computer system engineering for 23 years. He began his career as an engineer for Intel Corporation, but moved into teaching and has not looked back since. Bassam teaches 2-3 classes a day and tries to employ a more hands on style of teaching.

Job Title: Engineering Faculty
Employer: Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Job Summary: Postsecondary Teachers

Job Description

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

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Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. Instead, schools may seek workers who have experience or certification in the field they wish to teach.

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$30,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
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10 to 20 percent
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Full-time
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Office, Indoor
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Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability
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<span m='12310'>23</span> <span m='12870'>years.</span> <span m='14120'>I</span> <span m='14220'>know</span> <span m='14330'>I</span> <span m='14440'>don't</span> <span m='14620'>look</span> <span m='14770'>that</span> <span m='15220'>old,</span> <span m='16110'>but</span> <span m='16580'>that's how</span> <span m='16750'>long I've</span> <span m='16990'>been teaching.</span> </p><p><span m='18330'>I</span> <span m='18520'>started</span> <span m='18730'>my</span> <span m='19020'>career</span> <span m='20790'>working</span> <span m='20980'>as</span> <span m='21090'>an</span> <span m='21180'>engineer</span> <span m='21490'>for</span> <span m='21680'>Intel</span> <span m='21970'>Corporation.</span> <span m='23200'>Then</span> <span m='23730'>I</span> <span m='23820'>started</span> <span m='24170'>teaching,</span> <span m='24570'>and</span> <span m='24700'>I</span> <span m='24790'>really</span> <span m='25000'>enjoyed</span> <span m='25450'>that.</span> <span m='25770'>And</span> <span m='25820'>thus,</span> <span m='26090'>I</span> <span m='26350'>took</span> <span m='26650'>my</span> <span m='26900'>path</span> <span m='27100'>as far</span> <span m='27260'>as</span> <span m='27460'>becoming</span> <span m='27690'>a</span> <span m='27750'>teacher</span> <span m='28160'>and</span> <span m='28320'>program</span> <span m='28660'>coordinator</span> <span m='29210'>for</span> <span m='29340'>the</span> <span m='29440'>engineering</span> <span m='29740'>program.</span> </p><p><span m='31140'>A</span> <span m='31220'>typical</span> <span m='31570'>day</span> <span m='31870'>simply</span> <span m='32280'>is</span> <span m='32580'>I</span> <span m='32689'>usually</span> <span m='32920'>teach</span> <span m='33130'>about</span> <span m='33570'>two</span> <span m='33820'>to</span> <span m='33850'>three</span> <span m='34610'>classes</span> <span m='34980'>a</span> <span m='35040'>day.</span> <span m='36480'>And</span> <span m='36510'>mainly,</span> <span m='36800'>it's</span> <span m='37640'>doing</span> <span m='37780'>some</span> <span m='37960'>preps</span> <span m='38270'>in</span> <span m='38370'>the</span> <span m='38440'>morning,</span> <span m='38790'>then, after</span> <span m='39160'>that,</span> <span m='39320'>go</span> <span m='39390'>into</span> <span m='39630'>my</span> <span m='39760'>classes</span> <span m='40840'>and</span> <span m='41020'>have</span> <span m='41420'>office</span> <span m='41770'>hours.</span> <span m='43200'>In</span> <span m='43330'>between,</span> <span m='43820'>I will</span> <span m='44100'>do</span> <span m='44290'>quite</span> <span m='44460'>a</span> <span m='44510'>bit</span> <span m='44750'>of</span> <span m='45170'>advising</span> <span m='45450'>with</span> <span m='45580'>my</span> <span m='45670'>students,</span> <span m='47040'>because</span> <span m='47550'>where</span> <span m='47880'>I</span> <span m='48000'>teach,</span> <span m='48265'>I'm the</span> <span m='48530'>only engineering</span> <span m='48990'>faculty.</span> </p><p><span m='49420'>And</span> <span m='49510'>we</span> <span m='49630'>offer</span> <span m='49840'>about</span> <span m='50120'>10</span> <span m='50320'>different</span> <span m='50600'>disciplines in</span> <span m='51000'>engineering.</span> <span m='52700'>That</span> <span m='52880'>could</span> <span m='53120'>range</span> <span m='53440'>from</span> <span m='53700'>electrical,</span> <span m='53850'>mechanical,</span> <span m='54440'>civil,</span> <span m='54815'>air</span> <span m='55150'>space,</span> <span m='55415'>you name</span> <span m='55680'>it.</span> <span m='58730'>Since</span> <span m='59170'>I'm</span> <span m='59290'>coming</span> <span m='59610'>from</span> <span m='59740'>community</span> <span m='60040'>college,</span> <span m='60560'>we</span> <span m='60650'>do</span> <span m='60750'>a</span> <span m='60810'>lot</span> <span m='61110'>of</span> <span m='61270'>articulation</span> <span m='61950'>with</span> <span m='62170'>the</span> <span m='62360'>university-level</span> <span m='63120'>colleges</span> <span m='64750'>to</span> <span m='64819'>make</span> <span m='64970'>sure</span> <span m='65775'>all</span> <span m='66160'>the</span> <span m='66390'>classes that</span> <span m='66510'>the students</span> <span m='66980'>take at</span> <span m='67100'>our</span> <span m='67400'>campus</span> <span m='67980'>will</span> <span m='68400'>be</span> <span m='68580'>transferable</span> <span m='69650'>to the</span> <span m='69720'>major</span> <span m='69890'>universities</span> <span m='70130'>in</span> <span m='70390'>the</span> <span m='70700'>state of</span> <span m='71040'>Arizona.</span> </p><p><span m='71750'>When</span> <span m='71970'>I</span> <span m='72010'>was</span> <span m='72170'>younger,</span> <span m='72550'>I really</span> <span m='72770'>wanted</span> <span m='72990'>to</span> <span m='73050'>go</span> <span m='73200'>into</span> <span m='73310'>medical</span> <span m='73640'>school,</span> <span m='73950'>but</span> <span m='74700'>I</span> <span m='75040'>started</span> <span m='75320'>to</span> <span m='75400'>go</span> <span m='75580'>into</span> <span m='75710'>engineering.</span> <span m='76180'>And I</span> <span m='76350'>really</span> <span m='76510'>loved</span> <span m='76750'>that,</span> <span m='76980'>because</span> <span m='77245'>it's</span> <span m='77510'>the</span> <span m='77590'>hands-on</span> <span m='78120'>activity</span> <span m='78530'>of</span> <span m='78680'>it.</span> <span m='79320'>So</span> <span m='79890'>the</span> <span m='79990'>way</span> <span m='80120'>I</span> <span m='80220'>do</span> <span m='80470'>my</span> <span m='80490'>classes--</span> <span m='81070'>and</span> <span m='81500'>I</span> <span m='81610'>wish</span> <span m='83330'>I've</span> <span m='83470'>done</span> <span m='83670'>more</span> <span m='83880'>of</span> <span m='83970'>that,</span> <span m='84350'>and</span> <span m='84530'>I</span> <span m='84610'>didn't</span> <span m='84930'>do</span> <span m='85000'>that</span> <span m='85230'>recently--</span> <span m='85790'>is</span> <span m='85970'>to</span> <span m='86080'>do</span> <span m='86250'>more</span> <span m='86510'>hands-on</span> <span m='87120'>in</span> <span m='87280'>classes</span> <span m='87650'>and</span> <span m='87860'>a</span> <span m='87930'>lot</span> <span m='88110'>of</span> <span m='88150'>engagement</span> <span m='88580'>with</span> <span m='88720'>the</span> <span m='88790'>students.</span> <span m='89930'>Currently,</span> <span m='90540'>the</span> <span m='90650'>way</span> <span m='90810'>I</span> <span m='90880'>teach</span> <span m='91060'>my</span> <span m='91170'>classes,</span> <span m='91650'>I am</span> <span m='91850'>more</span> <span m='92090'>as</span> <span m='92240'>a</span> <span m='92330'>coach</span> <span m='93280'>and</span> <span m='93600'>less</span> <span m='93900'>than</span> <span m='94150'>just</span> <span m='94810'>standing</span> <span m='95120'>front</span> <span m='95360'>of</span> <span m='95450'>them</span> <span m='95690'>and</span> <span m='95820'>do</span> <span m='95940'>all</span> <span m='96120'>the</span> <span m='96240'>teaching,</span> <span m='96680'>where</span> <span m='97370'>the</span> <span m='97460'>students</span> <span m='98020'>are</span> <span m='98290'>actually</span> <span m='98630'>engaged.</span> <span m='99630'>They</span> <span m='99750'>ask</span> <span m='100020'>questions,</span> <span m='100410'>and I</span> <span m='100510'>kind of</span> <span m='100700'>be</span> <span m='100830'>the</span> <span m='100900'>coach</span> <span m='101530'>and</span> <span m='101800'>respond</span> <span m='102230'>to their</span> <span m='102360'>questions.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265630,"video_id":"2708218614001","name":"70980315","duration":103423,"thumbnail_url":null}});