U.S. citizens: Civil Engineer (Hydrology)

Tennessee Valley Authority
Knoxville, TN, United States
Position Type: 
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Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Typical Responsibilities

  • Creation, operation and review of unsteady hydraulic models for hypothetical dambreaks in models like HEC-RAS
  • Creation, operation and review of floodwave consequences studies in models like HEC-FIA or Lifesim
  • Support of an operational river forecast system for 49 dams and 40,000 square miles in Delft-FEWS software
  • Performing studies for probabilistic flood hazards utilizing a proprietary TVA system with probabilistic rainfall, storm transposition, hydrology, river routing and statistics features

Job Summary

Performs complex water resources civil engineering work, including hydrologic and hydraulic analysis.  The incumbent is responsible for the performance of progressively more challenging duties in this work area.  The work more specifically includes :

  1. Application of fundamental hydrologic principles including rain - runoff analysis, unit hydrograph watershed response theory, hydrologic routing techniques, and analysis of reservoir and stream gage discharge data.
  2. Analysis of reservoir operations and assessment of alternative operations policies.
  3. Development and refinement of the hydraulic and physical relationships of reservoirs or other civil systems; and could include the development of mathematical models of the systems
  4. Developing, applying and verifying computational models of fluid dynamics, hydraulic and hydrologic processes, and other related processes for the solution of engineering problems.
  5. Performs calculations involved with drainage studies which includes calibrating and verifying hydrologic and hydraulic models.
  6. Supports the Program Manager of Hydrology and Hydraulics in program activities and assists in providing guidance on a wide variety of issues requiring hydrology and hydraulics expertise within River Operations and TVA.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received

Day to day assignments are made by program manager, who also defines the objectives and establishes priorities and guidelines and reviews the results.  Supervision is neither close, nor continuous.  Completed work is either spot-checked or checked in detail, depending on its difficulty, uniqueness, and purpose. 

Skills and Proficiencies (May be job or organization specific)

Experience with hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, including assessment of hydrologic watershed response for both floods and droughts; steady and unsteady flow analysis; mathematical model calibration and verification; and statistical analysis.  Possesses excellent written/oral communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications (Consistent with Classification Standard)

Education and Experience/Certificates, Licenses, and Registration Requirements/Other Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or comparable related engineering discipline from an accredited college or university.  A Master’s degree is desirable.
  • Four or more years of experience in professional engineering work, including knowledge & understanding of hydrologic and hydraulic analysis.
  • EIT certificate or PE License is desirable.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency in civil engineering as evidenced by completion of Engineering Graduate Progression Plan or equivalent post engineering graduate education and experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

TVA values and embraces diversity. We encourage all individuals to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sex, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status and age. We strive to be inclusive of all the people we serve across the Valley.

TVA is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities.  Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA’s Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Drug-Free Workplace

All TVA Non-Nuclear employees are covered by TVA's Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program Plan, in accordance with Executive Order 12564, Public Law 100-71 and the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing. Information regarding the Drug Free Workplace Program can be found at www.workplace.samhsa.gov. TVA Non-Nuclear employees in Testing Designated Positions, including those performing safety-sensitive duties are also subject to random drug testing. TVA Nuclear employees are subject to random alcohol and drug tests in accordance with 10 CFR Part 26 as mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

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