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Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Mechanical Sciences and Advising


University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana

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Position Description

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the College of Engineering seeks applicants for the position of Academic Advisor in our Undergraduate Programs Office (UPO).  Reporting to the Director of Undergraduate Programs, the Academic Advisor is responsible for providing advising services and administrative assistance for approximately 1,000 undergraduate students in our mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics degree programs.


  • Advise undergraduate and newly admitted students with regard to issues including curriculum requirements, course selection, registration, and post-graduation graduate degree options and career opportunities.
  • Review petitions for curriculum modifications, articulation requests, intercollege & interdepartmental transfers, study abroad course approvals, James Scholar contracts, secondary field approvals, senior design course overrides, and other curriculum changes.
  • Support and contribute to various undergraduate student recruiting activities, including various communications and meeting with prospective students and their parents.
  • Monitor undergraduate student academic progress, and complete prerequisite checks. Provide advising, support and resources for students on academic probation.
  • Assist with various Undergraduate Programs Office administrative activities, including, but not limited to: the ABET accreditation process; working with faculty to submit new or revised course requests; identifying/compiling/maintaining departmental undergraduate benchmarks and statistics; developing and revising undergraduate programs documents, preparing presentations and promotional materials; and assisting with teaching assignment preparations.
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the Undergraduate Programs Committee.
  • Provide support to the department’s participation in the annual Engineering Open House.
  • Provide support, consultation, and advising to the department’s undergraduate student groups as needed.
  • In coordination with MechSE’s Communications Office, update and maintain the Undergraduate Program’s website content (e.g. website text, undergraduate advising manual, online advising flowcharts, and promotional materials).
  • Support and attend undergraduate advising and recruiting initiatives.
  • Assume additional appropriate related advising duties to further the mission of the department.

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Institution Information

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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Required Qualifications

  • Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, mechanical sciences or related field; two years of professional work experience; experience working with people of diverse backgrounds; strong grasp of mechanical engineering/mechanical sciences course curricula and post-graduation career placement/employment opportunities; strong interpersonal, written and oral communications, and organizational skills; excellent customer service, follow-up and computer skills; excellent technical, database and analytical skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred requirements include a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, mechanical sciences or related field; two years of professional work experience in industrial or corporate engineering, or in higher education; experience advising undergraduate students.