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Civil Engineer, Design (B) - 516735

Tennessee Valley Authority

Tennessee Valley Authority

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

External - Posting Description

Civil Engineer, Design (B) - 516337

Organization: Chief Operating Officer

Department: Dam Safety Geotechnics

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee Muscle Shoals, Alabama, or Other TVA Office in Tennessee Valley Service Area.

Relocation: Relocation benefits are offered for this position and will be aligned with the federal travel regulations.

Posting Open: 06/10/2024

Posting Close: 06/29/2024 at 11:59 PM EST

Salary: Competitive


The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of geology and geotechnics of the Tennessee valley. Broad knowledge in dam engineering, dam safety inspections, dam performance monitoring and instrumentation, geotechnical engineering, soils analysis; seismic considerations; environmental permitting; construction processes; leadership; supervision; communication and interpersonal skills; sound knowledge of all engineering disciplines; project management; engineering economy; and dam safety guidelines.


Performs structural and civil engineering design, maintenance support and inspections for power generating plants and their auxiliaries, highways, railroads, locks, and dams. Assignments generally involve conventional structural and civil engineering practice but may include more complex engineering and interpersonal issues which require mature judgment and innovative approaches. Ensures engineering quality through reviews and checks of the work of lower grade engineers and technicians.

Performs structural and civil engineering design calculations, prepares technical reports, develops design criteria, selects material, and determines physical arrangements for structural and civil features; considers performance, cost, operability, maintainability and applicable codes and standards. Develops, reviews, and interprets engineering drawings and data. Directs the preparation of engineering record drawings for equipment installation and maintenance. Prepares engineering cost estimates. Provides procurement support by preparation of requisitions, evaluating proposals, negotiating with offerors, reviewing vendor submittals, and coordinating meetings with vendors. Provides field engineering including walk-downs, construction support, testing and startup.

May plan, develop, coordinate, lead and direct the performance of projects of moderate scope or parts of major projects. The incumbent is responsible for the business as well as the technical aspects of the entire project. Business responsibilities include, but are not limited to, budget, schedule, cost analysis and forecasting, work planning, monitoring, and controlling expenditures and change control. Leads a project team including all engineering disciplines, project controls, engineering consultants, the constructor, identified and satisfied, assists in the approval process, approves project change requests within approved project limits, allocates contingency, ensures that start-up and turnover are conducted satisfactorily and conducts lessons learned reviews at project completion.


Independently performs most assignments with instructions as to the general results expected. Receives guidance on unusual or complex issues from higher level engineers or first-line managers.


Steel and Concrete Structural Design; Site Design; Highway and Railroad Design; Foundation Engineering; Seismic analysis; Soils analysis; Environmental Permitting; Construction Processes; Communication and Interpersonal; Dam Safety Guidelines; Sound Knowledge of all Engineering disciplines; Project Management; Engineering Economy.


A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or comparable related engineering discipline from an ABET accredited program.

Full competence as a civil engineer or comparable related engineering discipline as demonstrated by several years of progressive and developmental experience at the Design, engineer level.

License as a Professional Engineer is desirable (may be required in accordance with TVA Business Practice 15).

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.samhsa.gov/workplace. 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).

How to Claim Vet Preference

If you are requesting to be considered as a preference-eligible veteran as outlined in the application process, you must submit your military documents before the posting close date indicated above. Be sure to include all supporting documentation: Form DD214 (member 2 or member 4 copy), a Veterans Disability Rating Letter from the VA (if applicable), and a completed form TVA 3595. If you will not get your DD214 until you are separated or retired, you can request a Statement of Service through your military personnel office. The Statement of Service must list your dates of military service, character of service, expected date of separation and any service-connected disability rating that you have been awarded from your branch of military service. Please submit your military documents each time you apply for a position.

How to Submit Documentation:

  1. Upload documents in Step 8 of the application process.
  2. Email documents to careers@tva.gov

More information about preference eligibility and a link to form TVA 3595, can be found at https://www.tva.gov/Careers/Claiming-Veteran-Preference. If you have a question about preference eligibility, please email Careers@tva.gov.