June 19, 2017
Job Opportunity: Engineering Educator at the Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL
The Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL is seeking a full-time Engineering Educator for developing and implementing educational programs with focus on engineering in the Adler Far Horizons laboratory. Far Horizons programs engage high school and undergraduate students and researchers in authentic science and engineering experiences. This position will provide supervision, guidance, and leadership on technology, techniques, processes, training, and standards for these programs. This person will support staff, volunteers and students with education in the methods of engineering for educational programs focused on topics such as high-altitude ballooning, space exploration, and astronomy.
- Collaborating with staff in Far Horizons, Teen Programs, and Astronomy staff to develop and maintain programs
- Setting plans for educational goals and evaluating progress
- Creating budget plans and tracks expenditures
- Designing and supervising development of engineering solutions and mission hardware such as radio equipment, experimentation hardware, ballooning hardware, and electronics
- Developing and assembling electronics packages for communications, data recording, and other functions on packages that fly on high altitude balloons
- Consulting on the design of mission hardware for balloon flights, robotic exploration, and other vehicles
- Leading work to implement experiences for participants and students during programs such as Astro-Science Workshop, Mission Near Space, Team Stratonauts, and summer camps
- Serving as educational supervisor, teacher and mentor to volunteers, and interns.
- Undergraduate degree in engineering, applied science, science education, and/or a related field
- 5 years of experience working in science and engineering educational programs
- 2 years of experience in electrical and/or electronic engineering
- Experience working with high school or undergraduate students, school groups, or other public groups in a team environment
- Familiarity with electrical design, schematics, PCB fabrication and CAD tools
- Programming skills in C or comparable language
- Proficiency or ability to rapidly become proficient with microcontroller programming and hardware design with platforms such as Arduinos and the Raspberry Pi
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
- Teaching certificate specializing in high school science
- Graduate degree in science education, engineering, or related field
- 5 years of experience in electrical and/or electronic engineering
- Experience leading and developing vocational and/or educational programs focusing on science and engineering
- Knowledge of atmospheric ballooning, near-space exploration, telemetry, and telescopes
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