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Old 06-10-2019, 03:28 PM
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Its going to depend a lot on your state... Just keep in mind that teaching is a job, it takes work... it's not a hobby.
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:29 PM
Location: Riverside County / Maricopa County
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Originally Posted by MechAndy View Post
Hi all.
Hey I’m going to retire in less than 3 years.
My retirement money is better than good.
I just don’t want to be a “couch potato” so I want to do things.

I have a at least a good 6 or so projects to finish.
They are old Harley’s, hot rods and stuff like that.

I also want to do the boating/fishing thing.

I kinda thought being a part time shop teacher would be cool an keep me busy.

I currently have a Class A General Engineering license
A Class B General Building License.
An electrical license.
A plumbing license and currently have 14 different pipe welding certificates that are up to date.
I used to be a union instructor.

Do any of you have any thoughts on this?

Thank you.
Give it a shot, look into Career Technical Education programs (CTE) in your state. The only drawback is that it's usually not a part time gig, they are full time teaching positions (with summers off).
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:54 AM
Location: Southern Most New Jersey
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I have a retired friend who teaches a few classes regularly at a local college. It gets him out of the house and it gets him a little pin money.

Yes by all means do it.

Of note I was lucky enough to get a pt job at a local golf course a few years back. I had to keep asking. Eventually they offered me the weird hours but I took it. Got me out, free golf, great fun.
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:08 AM
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Andy - get a basic resume together, add every certification and license with full title/organization/number/expiration. Trade schools and community colleges requirements often differ from for-profit schools. Google to find out what is in your area, call the program director of programs you are interested in teaching. Adjunct is generally a good start.
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:14 AM
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Sounds great, OP. Since you've been an instructor, you already have experience. Good for you for wanting to keep busy.
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Old 06-11-2019, 01:23 PM
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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I would agree with an above poster - look into teaching community education classes with one of your area community colleges. If you want there to be high school aged students in the classes - encourage the community college administration to look into that. They should be the ones to do the annoying bureaucratic work with the school districts for you.
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:57 PM
Location: Erie, PA
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I will also concur with the others who have suggested the community college idea.

When I was still in manufacturing operations management, I taught a class at a community college in 8-D corrective action and came back for a 2nd semester to teach one on CNC machining. It was a great experience and the students were fun because they wanted to learn. I didn't need a teaching certificate (which I don't have), just needed industry experience and verifiable education/certification in the courses I was teaching.

It was just a fill-in for an instructor who was out but it is something that I also will consider doing when I retire I would say to go for it.
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