Grid Modernization Engineer

Knoxville Utilities Board
Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Job Information


Job Classification: Engineer

Department: 073 Electrical Systems Engineering

Work Location:   4505 Middlebrook Pike

Work Schedule:  40+ hours / week: M - F


About KUB: 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 468,000 customers in Knoxville 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.


KUB has a focus on modernizing the electric grid with recent implementations including, but not limited to: complete advanced meter (AMI) deployment, distribution automation (FLISR), Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), and expectations to build a fiber system to provide high speed communications for electric grid purposes. This position will be instrumental in assisting KUB for the future utilization of new technologies, operational capabilities and data analytics to transform our distribution system to leverage distributed energy resources, battery storage capabilities, and other technologies to address evolving customer and utility expectations.


Work Description: Responsible for directly supporting KUB’s plans to modernize the design and operation of the electric distribution system. Provide direction and planning for various programs within Grid Modernization with a focus on operational technologies. Responsible for all phases of project implementation including technology review and selection; defining project budget, scope and schedule; preparing project justification for budgetary approval; project management; internal and external reporting and tracking; and continuous stakeholder engagement. Responsible for collaborating with KUB’s utility transformation, information technology, operational technology and operational teams representing our engineering department supporting KUB’s plans to modernize our electric distribution system. Support planning and implementation of current and future grid modernization programs, including but not limited to Volt-Var Optimization (VVO) and Distribution Management System (DMS), including control and integration of inverter-based distribution assets; planning and forecasting tools (CYME); and analysis and visualization of archival and real-time power system data. Investigate new and emerging technologies in the industry and assess the relevance and benefit to KUB’s grid modernization strategy and coordinate with internal teams to review and evaluate those options through the competitive procurement process. This role will provide technical guidance, project management, and grid modernization insight and planning. Receive training to perform storm response duties with other department members.

Note: For more specific information regarding this position, please contact Human Resources.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited four-year college or university
  • Advanced analytical and project management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication, interpersonal, and team skills
  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects in a timely manner
  • Ability to use Microsoft office products
  • Have and maintain a valid driver’s license


Physical Demands: Sedentary work; exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time in normal office conditions, but does involve walking or standing outside periodically for inspections, customer calls, etc. Work primarily in an office setting but includes routine field work and storm response duties that requires driving a company vehicle and walking on uneven terrain.

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

  • Professional Engineer license in State of Tennessee or ability to obtain Professional Engineer license in the State of Tennessee through comity.
  • An advanced management/business degree or certification.
  • Ten (10) or more years of work experience within the Energy & Utilities industry.
  • Thorough understanding of power system engineering concepts such as power flow, voltage regulation, power factor and technical losses, device coordination during normal and alternate system configurations.
  • Understanding of existing and cutting-edge electric distribution technology and operations

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 assessment and/or drug screen
If special accommodations are needed at any phase of the selection process, please notify Human Resources in advance.


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 and the applicant no longer eligible for employment.
For more specific information regarding this position, please contact Human Resources.


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