Civil Engineer (Water Resource)

Tennessee Valley Authority
Knoxville, TN, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Organization: Resource Managemnt & Opeartions Services

Department: Water Quality Support

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Posting Open: 09/02/2020

Posting Close: 09/16/2020 at 11:59 PM EST

Salary: Competitive

Preferred Skill Set:

Prefer experience with HEC-RAS, Delft3D, CE-QUAL-W2 and ADYN-RQUAL modeling and C/C++, C#, Matlab, VBA, Python, and FORTRAN programming.  Proficient Linux user a plus.  Delft-FEWS configuration, administration and support.  Expert in hydrology and hydrogeology.  Skilled in administration of complex technical systems. 

Job Summary: 

Performs the most difficult tasks of civil engineering work related to water resources and power facilities. The incumbent is also responsible for providing leadership for a work team in this area.  The work more specifically includes :

  1. Siting, designing, and constructing and modifying a variety of structures such as dams, locks, river terminals, nuclear, hydro, and fossil power plants and systems.
  2. Improving operational performance of facilities and systems by assessing conditions and developing solutions for engineering problems.
  3. Developing and refining 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 and related processes for the solution of engineering problems.
  5. Performs calculations involved with drainage studies which includes calibrating watershed models.
  6. Coordinates the work of and gives advice and assistance to engineering associates, engineering aides, and engineers of lower grades involving daily scheduling activities.
  7. Serves as staff member on teams utilizing established procedures and processes to solve problems, such as analyzing work processes, innovative thinking to develop new systems and procedures and providing leadership for teamwork.
  8. Peruses opportunities for professional development and networking by actively participating in professional organizations, such as ASCE, AWRA, TSPE, etc.

Supervision Received - Supervision is neither close nor continuous, nor is the work reviewed for technical accuracy, but is reviewed for conformance to guidelines and attainment of objectives.  Direction is given primarily during discussions on reservoir operation objectives and the merits of alternative plans of operations.  Independent actions taken outside normal work hours are reviewed after the fact.

Skills and Proficiencies (May be job or organization specific):

Steady and unsteady flow analysis, Written/oral communication skills, Good interpersonal skills, Watershed modeling Dambreak, Provide expert direction under all conditions, Water quality modeling, TVA policies, Engineering economy

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.  

Master’s degree, EIT certificate or PE License is highly desirable. 

Several years of progressively more difficult work at the senior level. 

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 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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