Become an SAE Instructor

Turn your technical expertise, on-the-job experience and strong communications skills into a rewarding teaching opportunity.

SAE promotes the practice of engineers teaching engineers. Whether an active engineering professional, retired engineer, or an educator in a university engineering program, SAE Instructors offer subject matter expertise, industry experience, and on-the-job know-how.

Benefits of Being an SAE Instructor

  • Alignment with the reputation, credibility, and global reach of the mobility industry's leading technical society
  • Building your professional network
  • Receiving recognition from your peers
  • Eligibility for the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award and Master Instructor Registration Program
  • Promotion of you, your course, and your company on the SAE International website
  • Contributing to the development of the SAE Professional Development program, the industry's body of technical knowledge, and future generations of engineers
  • Enjoy full logistical and operational support so you can concentrate on teaching

General Instructor Qualifications

  • Ten years of experience in the engineering field or academia
  • One year (or equivalent) experience teaching adults
  • Ability to develop a course of high quality and value
  • Ability to use a variety of training aids and instructional methods and to function in an applications-oriented, adult learning environment
  • Willingness to accept guidance, feedback and coaching from an SAE program developer and adhere to established guidelines and requirements
  • Ability to relate subject matter to participant work experience
  • SAE Membership preferred, but not required

Training Types
SAE Professional Development is currently accepting instructors and proposals in two of our training types - Classroom Seminars and live Online Seminars. Classroom Seminars are one- to three-day short courses offered at SAE Automotive Headquarters in Troy, MI; at open enrollment sites in and outside of North America; and in-house at company locations. Online Seminars are courses delivered from your telephone and PC in a series of two-hour sessions over the web.

Guidelines for Classroom Seminar Instructors

SAE Professional Development is always seeking experienced engineering professionals with industry/academic backgrounds to propose and instruct seminars.

SAE contracts with instructors to present seminars on current, applications-oriented subjects, and fundamental and advanced process theory courses. The instructors are responsible for the course outline development; class notes including activities, practice sets, and case studies; presentation aides and materials; and instruction of the material on mutually agreeable dates.

All SAE seminars are subject to peer review by the Technical Review Committee (TRC) of the Continuing Professional Development Group before presentation. The TRC evaluates, approves and recommends whether a seminar should be included in the schedule. This process takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. If the reviewers have suggestions for a course, a SAE program developer will work with the instructor to incorporate those recommendations.

Other important points include:

  • SAE handles all course administration: scheduling, promotion and advertising, registration, and post-course evaluations.
  • SAE Seminars are usually one to three days in length and consist of approximately six and a half teaching hours per day.
  • SAE Seminars are presented at the SAE International Troy Office in Troy, Michigan, in conjunction with the SAE Annual World Congress, and as in-house education and training for requesting companies.
  • A seminar honorarium is offered with travel expenses reimbursed by SAE.
  • The instructor is responsible for developing the master support materials and obtaining permission to reprint copyrighted material from outside sources. SAE will then handle all reproduction and forwarding to the seminar site. When required, special texts can also be supplied, as long as arrangements are made before the seminar is promoted.

Instructor Qualifications

Find out what you need to submit to be considered as an SAE seminar instructor.

Seminar Proposal Guidelines*

Guidelines for Online Seminar Instructors

SAE Professional Development is always seeking experienced engineering professionals with industry/academic backgrounds to propose and instruct web seminars.

SAE contracts with instructors to present web seminars on current, applications-oriented subjects, and fundamental and advanced process theory courses. The instructors are responsible for the course outline development; class notes including activities, practice sets, and case studies; presentation aides and materials; and instruction of the material on mutually agreeable dates.

All SAE web seminars are subject to peer review by the Technical Review Committee (TRC) of the Continuing Professional Development Group before presentation. The TRC evaluates, approves and recommends whether a seminar should be included in the schedule. This process takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. If the reviewers have suggestions for a course, an SAE program developer will work with the instructor to incorporate those recommendations.

Other important points include:

  • SAE handles all course administration: scheduling, promotion and advertising, registration, and post-course evaluations.
  • SAE Web Seminars are usually two to eight hours in length taught in a series of two-hour sessions.
  • SAE Web Seminars are offered publicly via WebEx on a mutually agreeable schedule and reach participants around the globe.
  • An honorarium is offered, as well as free coaching on making effective web seminar presentations and orientation to the WebEx Training Center.
  • No travel is required. The instructor participates from his/her own home or office equipped with a PC, dedicated internet connection and a separate telephone line.
  • The instructor is responsible for developing the master support materials and obtaining permission to reprint copyrighted material from outside sources. SAE will then handle all conversion and digital protection to make the materials accessible to participants. When required, special texts can also be supplied to participants, as long as arrangements are made before the web seminar is promoted.

Complete the proposal form as your first step to becoming an SAE web seminar instructor.

View our Master Instructor Registry for insight on how to achieve the SAE Master Instructor designation.

Guidelines for Becoming an SAE Online Seminar Instructor

One of the SAE Continuing Professional Development Group's (CPDG) primary missions is to promote and advance effective learning for engineers through the development and delivery of well-designed learning programs. SAE maintains a roster of approximately 100 contract instructors and CPDG encourages and assists those instructors to continuously study, apply, reflect, and dialog about the application of new skills pertinent to the teaching process.

For those exemplary instructors who have effectively incorporated proven adult learning and active learning practices into their programs, who earn consistently high teaching evaluations, and who are recognized in their profession, CPDG confers the SAE Master Instructor designation.

The Master Instructor designation reflects exemplary accomplishment across the following seven criteria:

  • Teaching evaluations, which must average 4.3 or higher on a 5 point scale
  • Teaching experience, which must total at least three years with SAE
  • Evidence of having invested in teaching and learning professional development of their own
  • Demonstrated innovation in instructional design and delivery in their teaching
  • Evidence of refreshing their content regularly and adhering to SAE guidelines for design and delivery
  • Documentation of being a distinguished or recognized leader in their field
  • Continuous SAE membership for at least five years

Master Instructors Registered to Date

Name Portfolio of Courses/Learning Products
McVea, William Mark Fundamentals of Modern Vehicle Transmission (e-Seminar and seminar)
The Basics of Internal Combustion Engines (e-Seminar and seminar)
Fundamentals of Gear Design and Application Internal Combustion Systems: HCCI, DoD, VCT/VVT, DI and VCR
Introduction to Gears
Palazzolo, Joseph A Familiarization of Drivetrain Components (e-Seminar and seminar)
Fundamentals of All-Wheel Drive Systems (e-Seminar and seminar)
High-Performance Differentials, Axles, & Drivelines
Saha, Pranab Sound Package Materials for Vehicle Noise Control (e-Seminar and seminar)
Vehicle Noise Control Engineering Academy (Powertrain and Vehicle Interior)
Acoustic Fundamentals for Solving Noise and Vibration Problems Webinar
Walker Jr., James Applied Vehicle Dynamics
High-Performance Brake Systems
Introduction to Brake Control Systems (e-Seminar and seminar)
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