Northcentral Technical College Seeking Wood Science Instructor

Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is seeking a knowledgeable, energetic, professional full-time faculty member to teach in it’s Associate Degree Wood Science Program. This unique two year program is taught out of NTC’s beautiful one-of-a-kind 27,000 square foot Wood Technology Center of Excellence. Click to view our Wood Technology Instructor Recruitment video. This bright and modern facility houses state of the art equipment, used for both the Associate Degree program, as well as several certificates and Continuing Education classes. Due to the unique learning environment, businesses send students from around the country to NTC for this exceptional training. Located in Antigo, Wisconsin, the area offers many lakes and expansive forested areas featuring numerous outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, golfing, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, and biking. With a population of around 7,700, the city of Antigo has a small town feel, yet is large enough to meet your daily needs with multiple dining and retail businesses, and it is only 40 minutes from Wausau.

The successful candidate will teach the current and next generation of highly skilled workers in the secondary woods manufacturing industry, with an emphasis in the hardwood segment. The individual should be comfortable teaching a diverse set of Program course topics within this department, in a variety of formats, and using multiple forms of technology for instruction. The successful candidate will also work with businesses and organizations from around the country, and be the primary point of contact for the Program.

PLEASE NOTE:  Industry professionals are encouraged to apply, our Academic Excellence team will assist you with the teaching skills you will need to be a success! Apply for this exciting opportunity at your earliest convenience. Although there is a posting deadline, all application submissions will be reviewed as they are received, and NTC will reach out to candidates selected for interviews prior to the position close date. 

NTC is a customer-focused, accessible provider of innovative life-long learning. The College seeks team-oriented, student-focused individuals who have a deep value of education to facilitate learning. NTC staff serves in alignment with the College’s mission, vision, core values, and operating principles, and Board of Trustee’s Executive Limitations and Productivity and Quality Measures. As a member of a learning team, faculty report to a designated dean and participate in program, school, interschool, and College-wide team activities. Faculty provide instruction, expertise, and leadership within their program and content area. Faculty are expected to remain current in their area of expertise and in the field of education through professional growth and continuous learning activities. Faculty contribute to the College community as exemplified by committee involvement, participation in leadership activities, academic advisement of students, and sponsorship of student activities. Faculty members are also encouraged to be involved in the NTC College through various service opportunities in community organizations or through other community activities.

Duties & Responsibilities

NTC Faculty will serve their learners and the College in the following ways:

  • Facilitate learning through classroom activities, distance learning experiences, workforce development, out-of-classroom activities, and the mentoring of students and peers.
  • Support and maintain collaborative relationships with business & industry, community based organizations, and K-16 partners.
  • Assess and evaluate student performance in alignment with the College assessment plan in a timely manner.
  • Conduct assigned classes for the scheduled length of time.
  • Submit final grades by the scheduled due date identified on the academic calendar.
  • Post and maintain office hours.
  • Maintain accurate records of student attendance and achievement for up to one semester after the semester end, unless requested for a longer period of time.
  • Furnish written evaluations as requested by students.
  • Coordinate instructional support services to meet individual student accommodation and modification needs.
    • Coordinate instructional material and timely distribution of such to regional campuses.
    • Assist in student academic advising.
    • Utilize and engage in professional day activities and team time as designated.
    • Maintain course outcome summaries, learning plans, Performance Assessment Tasks (PATs), syllabi, and online Learning Management System template in the approved College format and time parameter.
    • Actively select and use appropriate learning materials and resources including textbooks, library resources, equipment and supplies to enhance learning.
    • Assist in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating a new or modified course/certificate/program. Identify areas in need of improvement.  Stay current and focused on learner needs.
    • Collaborate with the program team in identifying, developing, implementing and evaluating strategic goals and objectives (Team Action Plans, Instructional Vitality Process).
    • Assist in identifying, planning, and delivering continuing education and Business and Industry workshops and seminars.
    • Participate in the budgeting and procurement process.
    • Keep professionally up-to-date in area of content expertise and in the teaching profession.
    • Participate in institutional, advisory and program team and committee meetings.
    • Actively support diverse learners.
    • Attend the College’s in-service sessions, and commencements and other activities as directed.
    • Assist in the orientation of new full-time, part-time, adjunct faculty, and all other employees within their content areas.
    • Maintain professional certifications, licensures, and requirements.
    • Assist in student recruitment and Student Services activities.
    • Attend College Open Houses (on-campus and off-campus, set-up and take down) to assist with student recruitment.
    • Assist with dual credit and other articulation/transfer agreements.
    • Assist with coordination of grant development and management as directed.
    • Maintain documentation as required by accreditation, program, or clinical sites.
    • Assist, participate, support, and carry out the duties as assigned.

While the ideal candidate will have experience running many of the pieces of equipment included in the Program, as well as experience in many of the course topics listed below, training and professional development would be available to ensure a solid understanding of all aspects of the Program.  

Equipment includes:

  • CNC Router
  • CNC Moulder
  • Optimizing Ripsaws
  • Dry Kiln
  • Vacuum Kiln
  • Wood-Mizer Portable Saw Mill
  • Strength Properties Tester

Course topics could include:

  • Wood Manufacturing Processes 
  • Wood Science and Technology
  • Hardwood Grading
  • Fundamentals of Furniture Making 
  • Wood Adhesives Application
  • Wood Drying Science
  • Wood Industry Global Markets
  • Sustainable Biomass and Energy
  • Design Innovation in Wood Products


Required Faculty Qualifications:

  1. Must have a minimum of two years (4,000 hours) full-time or equivalent demonstrated relevant wood industry occupational experience, one of which must be within the last five years.
  2. Bachelor’s degree in Wood Science and Technology or related field, or an Associate’s degree with the agreement to obtain a Bachelor’s degree upon hire. 
  3. Willing/able to meet Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirements, accreditation standards, and/or licensing standards where applicable.
  4. Experience in teaching and working with diverse populations preferred.

REQUIRED Expertise, Attitude and Abilities:

Expertise: An educational philosophy which places the primary emphasis on student learning in the design, delivery, and evaluation of learning. Expertise in content areas being taught. A solid understanding of how the education and business worlds interface. Commitment to the use of new learning technologies. Excellent communication skills including oral, written and presentation skills.

Attitude: An uncompromising commitment to learning through the College’s mission, vision and values. A positive and proactive approach. Flexibility, a willingness to change. Open-mindedness, fairness, the ability to see multiple perspectives. A willingness to take risks. A willingness to accept responsibility for professional and personal growth. Strong support for diversity.

Ability: Success and commitment as a team member, fostering consensus and collaboration in and out of the classroom. The ability to manage projects, set and achieve specific objectives and measure results. Proficiency in use of technology, computers and software.

The duties and responsibilities listed are intended to describe the essential functions of persons assigned to this position. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements.

Physical Demands

Working Activity:
6 to 8 hours: Performing repetitive movements, grasping and working indoors 4 to 5 hours: Standing and walking
1 to 3 hours: Balancing, bending, driving, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, twisting and working in temperature extremes
Less than 1 hour: Climbing, crawling, working at heights and working outdoors
Lifting and Carrying:
Less than 10 pounds: 10-15 repetition(s) per hour 10 to 20 pounds: 10-15 repetition(s) per hour
20-50 pounds: 1-10 repetition(s) per hour
50-100 pounds: Less than 1 repetition per hour
More than 100 pounds with help: Less than 1 repetition per hour

Additional Physical Requirements:
Vision: Adequate with aid to read instructions, labels, documents, computer screens, and differentiate between colors.
Hearing: Adequate with aid to understand oral requests, telephone conversation, and PA systems.
Required Employee Program Safety Training:
Bloodborne Pathogen, emergency action plan, emergency eye wash, emergency procedures, ergonomics (office/workplace), hazardous waste, medical waste and slips, trips & falls.

Click here to apply or contact NTC Human Resources at 715-803-1483 or