Job Open: Natural Gas Inspector, Knoxville Utilities Board, TN

By General Inquiries posted 08-17-2021 10:24 AM


Natural Gas Inspector: Vacancy 17770

Posting Date: 08/17/2021 Pay Plan: Engineering and Operations
Closing Date: 09/07/2021 Pay Grade: 6, 7
Position Type: Regular/Full-Time Pay Range: $44,200.00 - $76,100.00

Job Information
Job Classification: Engineering Associate
Department: 072 Gas 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. Our mission is to act as 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. We are looking for employees who want to be a part of a mission driven organization with strong values that support a skilled, diverse and inclusive workforce. For more about KUB’s Vision, Mission and Shared Values, visit our website and read more about the KUB Blueprint.

Work Description: This position is located within the Gas Systems Engineering department which is responsible for the overall planning, oversight, and management of KUB natural gas assets including distribution mains and services, gate and regulator stations, large meter sets, and repairs. Responsibilities include providing quality control through construction inspection services and technical support. Highly qualified candidates shall have construction inspection experience that provides a comprehensive understanding of construction methods, as well as industry best practices for installing, operating, and maintaining natural gas facilities. The purpose of this position is to organize the construction of distribution and transmission main and service installation and revision activities. This individual assists in coordinating KUB employees and contractors who construct gas utility infrastructure according to KUB safety standards and specifications. This job requires the functional expertise to oversee construction of underground gas utility infrastructure for residential, commercial, and industrial properties. This individual is required to make decisions in the field and coordinate with other KUB departments and outside agencies to ensure that work is performed on schedule and with appropriate permits. Job duties could include writing, reviewing or approving progress reports, field changes, invoices, and as-built records to ensure compliance with KUB Construction Standards and Specifications and policies. The individual will communicate project progress to appropriate parties involved. This position includes interpreting contracts and Standards to ensure sufficient services are provided. Candidates will need to understand the requirements of the Department of Transportation 49CFR Part 192, the Tennessee Public Utility Commission and have the ability to learn KUB’s Gas Standards and Specifications and Standard Operating Procedures. May require after hours response in emergency situations.

Minimum Qualifications
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Strong interpersonal skills to communicate policies, procedures, and objectives effectively
• Ability to read and understand construction plans
• Effective analytical, organization, and planning skills for assessing issues that may arise during construction projects
• General knowledge of or ability to learn Microsoft Word, Excel, Sharepoint, ESRI ArcMap, and computer-aided drafting programs such as AutoCAD
• 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
• Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university
• Three years of field experience in natural gas utility pipeline construction and maintenance, including plastic and steel mains and services that are fused, welded, or coupled, with demonstrated proficiency to inspect the work of others
• Experience with electronic pipe locating equipment and GPS equipment
• Prior experience leading, supervising, or inspecting field construction crews in gas construction

Selection Process (Subject to change)
Phase 1 Apply online 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.