Subject Matter Experts/Course Authors for Mechanical Engineering Courses



Other Engineering
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023

About Curio Faculty

Curio, a leading education consulting and learning experience company, works with universities, vocational education providers, schools and companies to drive change through learning.

We have led the online learning transformation of many of our clients and partners through a focus on the creation of exceptional learning experiences, through course design and online facilitation.

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We are passionate educators who believe in the power of expert content development and online facilitation to deliver exceptional learner outcomes.

Course Description

Introduces students to the application of a systems-based engineering approach to design of built infrastructure. A scenario-based learning approach is used to guide students in applying a range of practical tools and techniques along with skills in systems analysis, engineering design and project management to a real industry-based engineering project.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • employ a systems approach that accounts for existing and emerging practical knowledge of soil mechanics, structural design along with other relevant contextual factors to define and analyse a well-defined problem related to built structure systems
  • apply practical engineering methods, techniques, tools and resources to design solutions to a well-defined problem related to built structure systems
  • successfully complete and communicate the outcomes from a well-defined project related to built structure systems
  • self-assess use of management skills, social skills and professional judgement in contributing to the successful completion of a well-defined project related to built structure systems.

Subject Matter Expert in Mechanical Engineering Job Details

Curio seeks a subject matter expert in mechanical engineering to contribute to the development of a case study for use in six units in an undergraduate and postgraduate Engineering program.

Working with the client's academic faculty and Curio learning designers, your first task will be to become familiar with the learning outcomes of each unit. You will then collaborate to identify how an existing real-world case study (already defined) could apply to the units.

Your collaboration will then continue when participating in a series of three-hour workshops that defines the structure of the units and how they will use the case study. During these workshops, you will use your industry experience to connect the topics of each unit with the case study, and advise on how students' assessments can be made relevant and authentic to industry. The number of workshops you participate in will depend on your availability, but it is expected that you will attend a minimum of four workshops during a three-week period, during business hours (AEDT) where possible.


We anticipate that the project will take place for a three-week period from early March 2023. During this time we expect that you will be available for a minimum of eight hours a week, some of which will be during business hours (see above).

Experience and expertise

You will possess industry experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Industrial robotics
  2. Smart manufacturing systems
  3. Smart sensing and control systems
  4. Automation and control systems
  5. Energy and power systems
  6. Advanced manufacturing systems

You will be willing to apply a systems lens that sees the "bigger picture" of engineering work, including whole of life considerations, sustainability, and business practices.


To succeed in this role, you will be able to:

  • Connect industry experience and practice with academic theory
  • Contribute to online workshops in a creative, fast-paced environment
  • Make connections between different engineering activites and how they contribute to a wider project
  • Engage in productive conversations with academic faculty in the structure of an undergraduate engineering course.

Future work

If successful in the role, we anticipate that you will have the opportunity to create case study materials for the unit(s), should you wish to do so as part of an ongoing project. Alternatively, we may offer you further hours to have oversight of the development of the case studies. This is dependent on your availability.


This position offers an hourly rate of $100/hour. The total number of hours will be flexible depending on your availability (see future work above).


Position Summary

A subject-matter expert (SME) is a person who is an authority in an area, topic or discipline.

SMEs are engaged to assist the development or re-development of a course (subject). They may contribute, author, research and provide a high level of assistance as well as expertise in the development or re-development of the course.

SMEs may collaborate with Learning Designers and Course Coordinators during the development or re-development of courses. This may include updating an existing course or the assessments within an existing course, creating a course map for a new course, developing a prototype, and building a full course.

SMEs are often sourced from industry, consultancies, partner organisations, or recruitment organisations.

Key responsibilities and Duties:

  • Participate in workshops to map out the overall curriculum and course architecture, the assessment strategy in overview, and the more finely grained structure of individual learning activities, contents, test questions
  • Participate, as required, in workshops or conversations with clients, partners and industry to mine their expertise and understand how they will be able to contribute
  • Work with Learning Designer to design activities, develop authentic and engaging learning activities, create performance tasks and identify opportunities for automated formative feedback
  • Write course content based on a pre-agreed course map, ensuring appropriate referencing
  • Deliver course content according to project timelines
  • Assist in planning for the development of bespoke videos, writing interview questions/prompts
  • Communicating with University librarians around resources to be located / cleared
  • Identify resources to be used
  • Communicate with graphic designers on images to be designed for the course
  • Source contemporary course content material
  • Write assessment tasks and rubrics with the learning designer and/or learning and teaching experts from partner/client and creating any assessment materials such as case studies or data sets
  • Quality assurance of each learning activity in the final learning design from a SME perspective
  • Incorporate feedback and changes as required by the client/partner

Objectives of this role:

This role of Subject Matter Expert (SME) is primarily to provide relevant subject matter content for online courses. The SME works in close collaboration with Learning Experience Designers and Developers and partners/clients to develop meaningful and engaging courses, support resources and learning experiences based on the objectives and learning outcomes of the learning experience. The design and development of learning experiences is typically closely project managed but also dynamic and fast paced, to achieve project deadlines, and entails highly developed communication and collaboration.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • SMEs must have at least 5 years experience in a relevant area, topic or discipline or related field if the topic area is new or developing
  • Have experience in course development.
  • Online teaching experience in a relevant field, tertiary level is highly desirable
  • Experience in curriculum design, online course content development is highly desirable
  • Contemporary Industry and/or professional practice experience and currency in relevant field
  • Contemporary knowledge of e-learning trends and student learning is highly desirable
  • Ability to write course content that is responsive to the learner audience
  • Demonstrated commitment to high quality teaching in delivery; an ability to lead a workshop and facilitate in an engaging and original way.
  • Ability to work as part of a team with Learning Experience Designers and Developers and Clients/Partners
  • An interest in online learning pedagogy
  • Hold a solutions-oriented approach
  • Ability to self-manage time, and to work to deadlines
  • Openness and ability to receive feedback, incorporating input from diverse perspectives
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Key Selection Criteria

  • SMEs must have a relevant area, topic or discipline or related field if the topic area is new or developing
  • Must be an industry leader or thought leader in the relevant area, topic or discipline
  • Experience running workshops and/or presenting at conferences or industry events
  • Will happily collaborate with Learning Designers and Course Coordinators
  • Has an understanding/passion for online learning and online pedagogy
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Can work towards milestones and deadlines - course map, prototype, full course
  • Enjoys telling a story - narrative, structure, sequencing
  • Can think outside the box to reimagine a course vision, mission and objectives