Teaching Assistantship Opportunities

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. 

Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) welcomes qualified graduate and undergraduate students to apply for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions for SEE courses. Students must apply/reapply and be selected for TA positions each term.

Fall 2019 applications are closed.

Course List

Course Position Instructor Duration
SEE 100 TA Mehran Ahmadi Aug 28 - Dec 24
SEE 101W TA Vivian Neal Aug 28 - Dec 24
SEE 110 TA Taco Niet Aug 28 - Dec 24
SEE 221 TA Mehran Ahmadi Aug 28 - Dec 24
SEE 230 TA TBA Aug 28 - Dec 24
SEE 241 TA Kevin Oldknow Aug 28 - Dec 24

ALL courses will be held in the new building at Surrey Campus.

Job Description

  • TAs must be available for tutorials, labs, office hours, invigilation and marking of midterms and finals, where applicable
  • For courses with tutorials, prepare for each tutorial, facilitate and/or lead tutorials and perform all related duties required for effective conduct of the tutorial
  • For course with labs, have experience reviewing and assessing laboratory reports for written quality and technical accuracy, be willing to proactively assist students and be able to provide constructive written or oral feedback on work submitted by students in the course. Most courses include marking and require the ability to provide constructive written feedback on work submitted by students
  • TAs are expected to hold office hours for some courses which require the ability to assist students with understanding course material and assignment requirements

TA Requirements

General Requirements:

  • Applicants must have sufficient written and one-to-one oral communications skills in order to support students and instructors throughout the semester whether in-person or by email.
  • Applicants must have sufficient time management and organizational skills – this is of particular concern for courses with tutorials or labs.

Education Requirements:

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in engineering or an equivalent post-secondary degree from a recognized institution OR demonstrated industry experience specific to the course(s) applied for. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and pre-requisites in order to provide optimum TA support for students and course instructors.
  • Applicants can be senior undergraduate students who have a better than average overall CGPA who can demonstrate competence through courses taken. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and pre-requisites in order to provide optimum TA support for students and course instructors.

Specific Course Requirements:

SEE 100 – Engineering Graphics & Software for Design

Required skills:

  • Good communication skills, patient, and eager to assist students with no or minimal knowledge of CAD software
  • Deep knowledge of engineering graphics and drawing, e.g. isometric, multi-view sketches, section view, and auxiliary views, tolerance and dimension, etc.
  • Practical knowledge of graphic design and CAD software, specifically SolidWorks

SEE 101W – Process, Form & Convention in Profession Genres

Required skills:

  • Good command of writing skills and strong knowledge of Canadian English language writing conventions
  • Good interpersonal communication skills

SEE 110 – Energy, Environment & Society

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of energy systems and sustainability concepts as applied in an engineering design context
  • Ability to lead group discussions on challenging/controversial topics
  • Good communications skills

SEE 221 – Statics & Mechanics of Materials

Required skills:

  • Good communication skills
  • Deep knowledge of Statics topics, e.g. equilibrium of rigid body, trusses, centroid and center of gravity, etc.
  • Deep knowledge of Mechanics of Materials topics, e.g. stress-strain, torsion, beam deflection, column buckling, etc.

SEE 230 - Electric Circuits

Required skills:

  • Strong background in electrical circuits, including circuit laws, operational amplifiers, network theorems, nodal and mesh methods, time domain and frequency domain analysis, real, reactive and RMS power
  • At least one advanced course in electric / electronic circuits completed at the senior undergraduate / graduate level, or equivalent
  • Proficiency with software tools for simulation of electric circuits (e.g. PSpice) and general analysis (e.g. Excel, Matlab)

SEE 241 - Engineering Measurement, Analysis and Forecasting

Required skills:

  • Strong background in engineering measurement and statistics, including sampling, probability, analysis, hypothesis testing, experimental design and statistical process control
  • At least one course in engineering statistics completed at the undergraduate level, or equivalent
  • Experience with software tools for statistical analysis (e.g. Excel, Matlab, R)

Appointment Priorities

Priority for appointment/reappointment as a TA is in accordance with Article XIII of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU).

Per section XIII F3. 1(a), priority must be given to applicants in the following order:

  1. Graduate students registered in SEE
  2. Graduate students registered in other departments
  3. Undergraduate or external students

In allocating TA positions, SEE will also take into account the following:

  • Instructor requests
  • Applicant’s preferences
  • Amount of financial support offered on admission to the graduate program
  • Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience)
  • Employment evaluations
  • Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in applicant’s field

If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit based scholarships or merit based fellowships during the semester of appointment with a value equal to at least a 5.17 appointment, will have priority for the appointment. For specific information please refer to the TSSU Collective Agreement.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must review and understand TA requirements for all courses 
  • Non-SEE graduate student applicants must submit a current CV and unofficial transcript (not co-op transcript) at the time of application
  • Applicants will be asked to indicate their course preferences at time of application 
  • Applicants must declare in their TA Application Form if they will be away for more than one week in the TA appointment term. This will NOT be used to deny their application or alter their priority.
  • SEE graduate students must use their SFU computing ID and password to login to the application system

Please ensure that you review the course calendar entry and course outline and course schedules for details about each course. All TAs must be available in-person for the duration of the semester and/or appointment dates. This includes in-person attendance at specified labs, tutorials, mid-term(s), final exam, marking sessions, etc. for the semester.

Application Process

ALL steps must be completed to be considered.

Step 1. Confirm Availability

  1. View the courses schedule and select your course(s) of interest

  2. Compare your personal academic (classes and exam)/work schedule with the undergraduate course(s) you are interested in:
    • Ensure there are no time conflicts for tutorials, labs and exam invigilation
    • Remember the location of courses is in Surrey Campus and keep commute time in mind
    • Please note that you must be both qualified and available for the course(s) you apply for
    • It is your responsibility to maintain your availability until the deadline

Step 2. Complete the Application

The TA application is delivered through a web form. Non-SEE graduate student applicants should have their resumes, cover letters and unofficial transcripts (not co-op transcript) ready in PDF format to upload.

The cover letter can be addressed to: Yan Huang, Manager, Faculty of Applied Sciences

If you have any questions, please contact see_ta_support@sfu.ca


TA Appointment

SEE selects and appoints TAs based on criteria and principles in compliance with Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union.

Successful candidates will be notified by email with an offer indicating Base Unit assignments and a specific deadline for acceptance or rejection. Please read in its entirety before accepting the TA offer.

If you are NOT in the SFU payroll system, there are important documents that you have to submit. SEE is UNABLE to process your appointment until these required documents are received within the time period specified.

Canadian candidates must submit:

  1. TD1 BC Tax Credit Form
  2. TD1 Federal Tax Credit Form
  3. Personal Data Form
  4. A void cheque OR a direct deposit form (you can request from your bank)

International candidates must submit:

  1. TD1 BC Tax Credit Form
  2. TD1 Federal Tax Credit Form
  3. Personal Data Form
  4. A void cheque OR a direct deposit form (you can request from your bank)
  5. Study/Work Permit (valid for entire term you are applying for)
  6. SIN Document (must be valid for entire term you’re applying for)

Please note that if your appointment is conditional, changes may occur from your acceptance of the TA offer until the 4th week of classes. If you receive a revised offer, please respond within the time period specified.

Resources for TAs

The following links will help you get your medical coverage and other benefits, as well as help you learn how to become a better TA.



The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)


The information submitted with your application is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468, s. 27(4)(a)), applicable federal and provincial employment regulations and requirements, the University's non-academic employment policies and applicable collective agreements.

The information is related directly to and needed by the University to initiate the employment application process. The information will be used to contact references supplied by you, evaluate your qualifications and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision. Applicant information may also be disclosed to the Teaching Support Staff Union in accordance with Article XIII F.3.1.b of the Collective Agreement.

If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information, please contact the Associate VP, Human Resources, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6. Telephone 778-782-3237.