Summer Work Learn – Outreach and Curriculum Assistant

This is a work learn position with the Mechanical Engineering Student Services Office

Position Details

Position Title: WL S23 MECH Outreach and Curriculum Assistant
CareersOnline Job ID: 963811

Anticipated Start Date:  May 1, 2023
Hours Per Week:
20 | Total Hours: 300
Salary/Wage: $22.67

Preferred Degrees/Disciplines: Applied Science/Engineering, current Mechanical Engineering undergraduate preferred.

To apply: Apply through Careers online (ID 963811) with your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and class schedule.

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Mechanical Engineering Outreach and Curriculum Assistant will primarily be responsible for designing educational programming for community outreach activities aimed at increasing awareness about the work that Mechanical Engineers do, and engineering as a potential career path. The role will help organize and run these activities, primarily summer STEM programming for kids in collaboration with our community partners.  The position will work within the Mechanical Engineering Student Services team. Leveraging prior knowledge and learning new skills, the MECH Outreach and Curriculum Assistant will both support existing work in the office and be encouraged to take ownership of small projects, helping to plan and facilitate programming that fosters the educational and career growth of our students.

Work includes but is not limited to:

  • Developing hands-on engineering outreach curriculum. Includes identifying outreach objectives, finding appropriate activities to meet these objectives, reiterative design and development of prototypes, documenting decisions, and training volunteers for delivery.
  • Assisting with the planning, execution, and evaluation of events and activities, particular those related to recruitment, outreach, and orientations;
  • Creating educational resources about Mechanical Engineering for distribution to external stakeholders (such as camps or local public schools);
  • Communicating with UBC staff, faculty and MECH community partners under the direction of our Student Services Office staff;
  • Interacting with prospective and new students in group and individual settings;
  • Promoting mechanical engineering as an excellent career path;
  • Providing assistance for new and ongoing departmental initiatives;
  • Creating content for social media platforms and MECH websites such as our outreach blog;
  • Tracking program data and outcomes;
  • General office support;
  • Other similar duties.

This is an in-person role, though this may change over the course of the Work Learn term in accordance with Provincial and University guidance.

Supervision Received:

This role is under the supervision of the Communications and Community Engagement Officer in the Department’s Student Services team. Work will be performed independently and in collaboration with other team members, including other student staff and regular employees. The supervisor and student will have regular weekly meetings, as well as maintain contact through email, Microsoft Teams, and telephone as necessary. Applicants should be self-motivated, and have the initiative to ask questions and communicate with supervisors and teammates, especially as tasks may sometimes be time-sensitive. Students will be given broad goals or tasks, and receive mentorship and supervision as required to reach them.


These are required:
  • Ability to communicate and connect verbally and through writing – you are comfortable speaking in front of people and can write persuasively and concisely;
  • Experience giving presentations or leading group activities;
  • Experience working with children and youth, either in a science camp, summer camp, or leading a recreation activity;
  • Time management, attention to detail, and organizational skills;
  • Professionalism, tact and discretion which can be relied upon when corresponding with faculty, prospective students and industry contacts;
  • Experience in a UBC Mechanical Engineering program – this role is ideally suited to students in 3rd or 4th year who have completed our Mech 2 program.
  • A friendly and social personality who enjoys interacting with a wide range of people;
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, and OneDrive or SharePoint;

We want someone who will always push for improvement, and can see opportunities when they look around them. You can pick up new skills quickly, and are an independent thinker who can work on a team, work with minimal supervision, problem solve, know when to ask questions, and still take direction when needed.

This would be nice:
  • Previous experience creating educational materials for younger audiences. Knowledge of engineering or science curriculum for high school or 1st year university students.;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator);