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Panasonic North America Program Instructor- Automation Engineering Technology- PECNA in De Soto, Kansas

Program Instructor- Automation Engineering Technology- PECNA

REQ: REQ-144663


Panasonic Energy of North America

  • De Soto,KS,United States

If you are passionate about contributing to a sustainable future and being part of a dynamic team shaping the electric vehicle revolution, this opportunity is tailor-made for you. We are seeking dedicated individuals to join us as full-time, on-site team members at our new, state-of-the-art factory located in the thriving city of DeSoto, Kansas.

Essential Duties:

  • Provide formal instruction and leadership in Automation Engineer Technology while creating the curriculum, models, and materials.

  • Design and develop comprehensive and engaging curriculum materials, incorporating the latest educational methodologies and industry best practices.

  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to identify learning objectives, create instructional content, and implement effective assessments to measure learning outcomes.

  • Operate and maintain necessary equipment and/or training modules required to support the specific course(s) being taught within departmental budget constraints.

  • Ensure the program equipment stays in trend with industry standards.

  • Prepare course lesson plans utilizing the approved program syllabi.

  • Select textbooks and educational resources to support program learning.

  • Maintain an industry-based advisory board in support of college-level Automation Engineer Technology programs.

  • Manage the apprenticeship documentation following processes and procedures.

  • Assist in student job placement and follow-up.

  • Complete all assessment activities and documentation according to the Office of Assessment’s guidelines.

  • Complete program review documentation per the Program Review Committee guidelines.

  • Maintain student records in accordance with college policies and state and federal laws.

  • Ensure students are following appropriate safety practices.

  • Participate in professional development to continually improve personal skills in career field.

  • Serve on institutional committees as needed.

  • Work professionally and collaboratively with industry partners.

  • Other duties as assigned

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements:

  • To ensure the health and safety in the workplace and for the protection of our employees’, wearing PPE is a possibility and includes equipment such as a full Tyvek suit, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, face mask, and a full hazmat suit that includes a respirator.

The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.

Qualifications: Requirements - Required and/or Preferred


  • Basic/Required: High School Degree AND/OR College Certificate AND/OR Military Certificate(s) in Industrial Machine Maintenance, Automation Engineer Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, OR a closely related trade.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of work experience in industrial technology, advanced manufacturing, automation engineering or a closely related area with an emphasis on several trade areas listed above

  • Experience AND/OR Certificates in areas such as: Industrial Machine Maintenance, Advanced/Automated Manufacturing, Robotics, PLCs, Actuator and Sensor Systems, AC/DC Circuits, Industrial Fluid Power, Electrical Motor Controls, AUTO CAD, Lean Manufacturing Principles, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Industrial Systems Integration.

  • Experience with troubleshooting mechanical, electrical, and/or automated equipment for various processes.

  • Teaching/training experience

  • Ability to train and work with diverse students and learners.

  • Strong computer and technology skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate degree or higher in Automation Engineer Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Advanced Manufacturing, or a closely related field.

  • Experience and/or skills in areas such as:

a. Automation such as PLC, robotics, and VFD programming and troubleshooting.

b. Pneumatics and hydraulics schematic design and troubleshooting.

c. Mechanical skills such as fabrication, power tools, machinist applications and welding

  • Computer skills such as CAD blueprint reading and creation, CMMS, and automation software

  • Six (6) years’ experience or more in Automation Engineer, Industrial Maintenance, Advanced Manufacturing, or closely related field(s).

  • Teaching experience in an open enrollment, urban community college.

  • Experience with a Learning Management System such as Blackboard.

  • Experience in learner-centered pedagogy.

Physical Demands:

Physical Activities: (Percentage of time (equaling 100%) during the normal workday the employee is required to)

  • Sit: 40%

  • Walk: 30%

  • Stand: 20%

  • Lift: 10%

Required Lifting and Carrying: (Required frequency is: Not required (0%), Occasional (1-33%), Frequent (34-66%, Continuous (67-100%)

  • Up to 10 lbs.: Occasional

  • Up to 20 lbs.: Occasional

  • Up to 35 lbs.: Occasional

  • Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.): Not Required

About Us:

At the heart of this visionary project, Panasonic is committed to manufacturing cutting-edge cylindrical lithium-ion cells that will power the future of electric mobility. These cells will be meticulously crafted to meet the growing demands of the automotive industry, supporting various electric vehicle manufacturers in their quest for eco-friendly transportation solutions.

This role presents a unique chance to be at the forefront of innovation, working within a forward-thinking organization that is committed to environmental responsibility and the advancement of green technology. Be a part of our mission to power the future and make a difference in the world of electric mobility with Panasonic!

Supplemental Information:

Pre-employment drug testing is required. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. without restriction.

Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America.

REQ: REQ-144663


  • De Soto,KS,United States