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OPEN: APSC 200/293 Engineering Design and Practice II/Engineering Communications AA - Fall 2021 term

Posted on July 23, 2021

*** AA opportunities for APSC 200/293 for the Winter 2022 term will be posted in November (for CHEE/ENCH, GEOE and MME sections) ***

Applications are now being accepted for APSC 200/293 Academic Assistants (AAs) for Fall 2021.

The courses are related to design and communication, so strengths in these areas are strongly preferred. Graduate students from all engineering and applied science disciplines are welcome to apply, although some background in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering physics, engineering mathematics, or electrical and computer engineering would be advantageous.

AA assignment duties will include assisting students during design and communication workshops, providing guidance and feedback to design project teams, marking assignments, reports and online presentations, and entering grades. Any necessary training will be included in the AA assignment.

The employability skills that are considered important and that will be further developed by this position include:

  • Technical writing
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork abilities
  • Confidence and ability to work with others as well as independently
  • Self-motivation, initiative
  • Time management

Applicants chosen for an interview will be asked to complete a writing assessment, and successful applicants must have demonstrated the high level of technical communications and English proficiency required for these positions.

Fall term AA contracts run Sept 1 – Dec 31, 2021. Total hours may range from 60-80 hours per term, depending on assigned section and duties.

AAs are governed by the Collective Agreement between the United Steelworkers and the University. Remuneration is $29.03/hour (plus 7% in lieu of vacation and benefits), plus any increase effective September 2021, in accordance with the Collective Agreement.

AAs will be assigned to a section and must be available for the section’s two weekly workshop times shown below (although both of the times will not always run every week). We will attempt to assign AAs to a section of their discipline or preference, but this is not always possible due to multiple scheduling constraints. Therefore, please indicate in the online application form all of the following section numbers (200, 203, 204, 206, 207, 208) which fit within your fall timetable (even if they do not match your discipline). Applications will not be considered if availability is unknown (we aim to make hiring decisions with sections assigned at least one week in advance of the first day of classes). If you are at present uncertain about some of your availability, you can provide details at the end of your online application.

Fall 2021 workshop times




Fall workshop times

200 CIVL Wed 8:30-10:30am
Thur 6:30-8:30pm
203 MTHE Tues 3:30-5:30pm
Thur 12:30-2:30pm
204 ENPH Tues 12:30-2:30pm
Thur 9:30-11:30am
206 ECE Tues 4:30-6:30pm
Thur 11:30am-1:30pm
207 ECE Tues 2:30-4:30pm
Thur 2:30-4:30pm
208 ECE Wed 12:30-2:30pm
Fri 12:30-2:30pm

To apply:

Complete an online application form here.

Within the form as indicated, upload a SINGLE pdf file named "Firstname Lastname YourStudentNetID.pdf" which contains, in this order:

  1. A cover letter, explaining why you want to be a AA for APSC 200/293, your relevant experience, and why you believe you are a good fit for the position
  2. Your C.V.
  3. An unofficial copy of your latest transcript

Note: You may save and resume your online application as many times as you wish until you press SUBMIT. When you press SAVE, you will be prompted for an email address to receive a resume link.

A review of completed applications will begin after August 3, 2021 and will continue until the positions are filled. The Faculty Office thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Questions not answered here can be directed to: Gillian Woodruff ( in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Calendar information for the courses:

APSC 200 Engineering Design and Practice II F/W K 4

In this course students will participate constructively on teams to create solutions to open-ended complex problems, using standard design methods and tools. This project-based course provides instruction primarily in the first 6 weeks of the semester focusing on problem scoping, creativity and idea generation, decision making incorporating technical, economic, societal, and environmental factors, safety, engineering codes and regulations, and engineering ethics. The final 6 weeks of the course centre around a design project delivered by each discipline. This course is integrated with APSC-293, and coordinated by the same instructor. (0/0/12/0/36)

APSC 293 Engineering Communications F/W K 1

This course provides an introduction to effective engineering writing and speaking skills with the emphasis on professional correspondence, engineering reports, oral briefings, and formal oral presentations. These skills are developed in lectures and small group tutorials. This course is integrated with APSC-200, and coordinated by the same instructor. (0/0/12/0/0)

OPEN: APSC 100 Module 1 Complex problem solving Assistants -Grading Position- Fall term 2021

Posted on July 6, 2021

All Academic Assistants are invited to apply for a Complex Problem Solving Assistantship in APSC 100. The course focuses on engineering design, problem solving, and professional practice. You can read more about this module here. This position is available in the Fall 2021 term.

Individual contracts will be made depending on the hours available for the individual and the duties required but will be approximately 60 hours for the term (Sept- Dec).

Duties may include assisting students with problem solving, answering student e-mails & inquiries, marking of assignments and exams, summarizing student grades for the instructor and posting on the Learning Management System. Any necessary training will be included in the assignment.

Technical skills and interests that will be considered an asset for this position include:

  • Engineering software tools
  • Information retrieval and evaluation
  • Educational strategies in engineering education

The employability skills that will be considered complimentary to the technical skills above and that will be further developed by this position include:

  • Technical writing
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork abilities
  • Confidence and ability to work with others as well as independently
  • Self motivation, initiative
  • Time management

Course topics include:

  • Problem definition
  • Gather, understand and evaluate information sources
  • Modeling and argumentation
  • Teaming
  • Writing process
  • Idea generation
  • Decision making
  • Engineering ethics and codes
  • Economic analysis
  • Engineering law


The rate of pay is in accordance with Union guidelines: See Collective Agreement

Please complete an application form here: Go to online form

Applications should include:

  1. 1. Cover letter
  2. 2. Resume/C.V
  3. 3. Unofficial Transcript(s)

Review of completed applications will begin after July 20, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Office thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Candidates being considered will receive a communication exercise to complete.

Calendar information APSC 101 (APSC 100 Module 1):

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop complex problem solving and critical thinking skills and to apply engineering science knowledge in modeling physical systems through computational software. Examples and project topics are chosen to complement instruction in engineering science and mathematics courses. Ethical, economic, and social factors are considered in engineering problem solving.