The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is one of the largest public utilities in the country providing electric, gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 445,000 customers in Knoxville, TN, and parts of seven surrounding counties. We exist to serve our customers, improving their quality of life by providing utility services that are safe, reliable, and affordable. And our mission is about more than just pipes and wires. It’s about being good stewards of our community’s resources: utility assets, customer dollars, and the environment. We work to safeguard those resources and enhance their value for the people of the communities we serve and generations to come.

Work Description: Due to additional engineering and construction efforts, KUB seeks to increase inspection staffing for multiple utilities:

Gas Systems Engineering: This position is responsible for providing quality control through construction inspection services and technical support for the maintenance, operation, and capital improvements to KUB’s natural gas distribution system.  Job duties would pertain to natural gas system construction inspection and involve the following: inspecting the quality of the installation of distribution mains and services, including plastic and steel pipe materials, as well as meters and regulator stations;  ensuring that construction drawings are being followed in accordance with specifications, procedures, and industry best practices;  familiarity with methods of gas pipeline installation, including trenching and boring;  maintaining a daily record of each project and developing as-built plans and service cards to provide accurate records of pipe and facility installations; and verifying tests in the field are performed and documented in accordance with KUB specifications and procedures.

Electric Systems Engineering: This position includes inspection of capital jobs to ensure conformance with specifications and plans, accurate record keeping of construction activity logs including TDOT projects, development of material specifications and construction standard drawings, accurate mapping of utilities as installed, reviewing and approving invoices and project close-out. Will have frequent interaction with customers, contractors, consultants and other utility representatives. An electric system inspector must be knowledgeable of construction materials and methods for overhead and underground electric distribution, transmission and fiber optic systems. Time will be split between field and office as dictated by projects and work load.

Water Systems Engineering: This position provides quality control for potable water and wastewater construction inspection services.  Quality control requires a strong understanding of construction standards, and maintenance and operations of KUB’s water and wastewater system.  In addition, this position requires compliance sampling and testing to be completed in accordance to KUB, local, state and federal requirements.  Job duties include field inspection of pipe installation through various open cut and trenchless construction methods, excavation and backfill inspections, restoration, and punchlist reviews.  Administrative duties require daily work documentation, processing requests for information, standards and specification reviews, and as-built field drawings and GPS verification.  Job requires interaction with customers, contractors, various departments within KUB, and local regulators.

Minimum Qualifications
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Ability to read and understand construction drawings, standards, and specifications
• Ability to work as part of a team to achieve department and KUB goals
• Ability to utilize AutoCad, Microstation, or other computer-aided drafting software
• Valid driver’s license

Physical Demands: May require walking up to five miles per day over rough and/or hilly terrain when assisting with field surveying and layout work.  Requires above normal mental and visual alertness quite frequently.  Position may require ability to: drive vehicles; bend, stoop and lift various objects weighing 10-75 lbs two to three times per week; and work in all types of weather, with exposure to equipment and machine noise, dirt, and traffic.  Note: The physical demands described above are intended to relate the approximate physical demands of the classification.  Physical demands for a specific position within this classification may vary and/ or exceed those demands described above.  Additional information regarding specific positions is available in Human Resources.

Preferred Qualifications
• Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, or related field
• Three (3) or more years of experience in engineering or construction, preferably in the utility industry
• Three (3) or more years of experience with pipeline construction and maintenance, including ductile iron, plastic, and steel mains and services that are fused, welded, or coupled (Gas Inspection)

Selection Process
(Subject to change)
Phase 1   Submit online application at
Phase 2   Experience, training, and education evaluation
Phase 3   Interview with department representatives
Phase 4   Written, performance, and behavioral exercises
Phase 5   Background Investigation
Phase 6   Physical examination and drug screen
If special accommodations are needed for testing purposes, please notify Human Resources in advance of the test date.

Only candidates submitting a completed KUB application and completing each component of the selection process will be considered for KUB positions. KUB does not accept unsolicited applications; completed applications are only considered for advertised vacancies.  Please no third-party inquiries. Due to the volume of applications and resumes we receive, only applicants invited to interview will be contacted. Applicants should apply on all positions of interest. KUB reserves the right to consider applications for additional vacancies in the same classification within 120 days of the original posting, after which time, applicants must reapply to be considered for any openings.It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide correct and updated contact information to KUB during the active period of the application. If KUB is unable to contact the applicant because the information on the application is no longer correct, the application will be considered inactive.