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  • 3 Oct 2022 3:14 PM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Nomination committee consisting of three past presidents, Steve Poteet, Al Curtis, and Lulu Copeland announced the following:

    Nomination for President – George Aslinger

    George Aslinger is a Solution Consultant with University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. George holds a MS in Operations Management from Georgia State University and a BS in Engineering from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. George is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with years of coaching and training experience.  George has supported many companies in the region on process improvement projects.  George is currently serving as the Vice President of Chattanooga Engineers Club.

    Nomination for Vice President – Rama Etekallapalli

    Rama Etekallapalli is the Quality Manager at Arch Plastic Packaging. Rama graduated with BS in Engineering Technology in Polymer and Plastic Engineering and MS in Plastic Engineering Technology, both form Pittsburg State University. Rama is a certified Six Sigman Black Belt and was the president of ASQ Chattanooga.

    The nomination committee will accept additional nominations until date of election.

    Election will be in November.

  • 12 Sep 2022 11:09 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    This is from Joe Robbins, Jr.

    To Engineers Club members:  

    (Please share with others)

    I have some really sad news to share. 

    My Dad, Joe Robbins Sr, had heart surgery recently a few weeks ago.  

    My Dad passed away Wednesday Sept 7.  He had 80 good years. Its been a really tough week.

    He really enjoyed spending time learning with you all at the Engineers Club meetings and tours. 


    Obituary found here.


    Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home here.



    Joe Robbins Jr

    Robbins & Bohr, LLC


  • 3 Sep 2022 1:08 PM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Job Description

    The Branch Office Manager will be responsible for the overall office success, including sales, business plan development, and growth plan for the office. This position will manage the development and implementation of objectives, programs, procedures and initiatives for the office. The Branch Office Manager will successfully manage the financial results, oversee project management, cost control and client satisfaction.

    • Responsible for the managerial direction of a Branch office.

    • Ensure profitable and sound growth. Achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

    • Manages the office financials to generate a positive net return.

    • Manages office wide billability and utilization goals, which includes managing work assignments and reviewing performance to ensure the efficient, cost-effective utilization of staff.

    • Champion sales and marketing activities. Identify opportunities and manage team efforts for submittals, proposals, presentations, contract negotiation and related activities.

    • Serves as the technical advisor and provides senior-level input and evaluation on projects.

    • Lead go/no-go evaluations, ensure establishment of project work plans and review fee estimates. Participates in project risk reviews as needed.

    • Provides counsel, assistance, and problem-resolution to office employees guided by company's policies.

    • Responsible for development and retention of managers and staff. Interpret policies, purposes, and goals of organization to staff.

    • Ensure quality and safety standards. Adhere to Burns & McDonnell Quality Control program. Responsible for maintaining the Burns & McDonnell Safety program.

    • Provide professional support in recruitment and assist in all human resources related matters.

    • All other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction, Science or related field from an accredited curriculum. Master’s degree preferred.

    • Minimum 12 years related management experience, including 5 or more years managing an office with multiple technical disciplines

    • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

    • Demonstrated ability to meet finical goals, project management, business development, sales and marketing, recruitment and retention of staff.

    • Ability to apply intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

    • Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered. Previous consulting experience preferred

    Please apply through company career site.

  • 27 Jun 2022 10:17 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau is seeking to fill two Engineer 1 positions.

    Salary:               $53,896 – 80,844 Annually
    FLSA Status:       Exempt
    Work Hours:      Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Location:            6125 Preservation Drive, Suite 140, Chattanooga, TN 37416
    Apply Before:    Continuous until position is filled (2 available)


    Incumbents in this classification are responsible for performing engineering work related to evaluating industrial and commercial air emission sources for regulatory compliance. Duties include inspecting air emission sources, reviewing industry permit applications, investigating air pollution complaints, writing inspection reports and memoranda, calculating air pollutant emissions, conducting modeling of ambient air pollutant concentrations and communicating with industry representatives.


    The Air Pollution Control Engineer 1 is the second level of a four level air pollution control engineering series.


    (The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.)

    Calculates actual, potential and allowable air pollutant emissions using appropriate methods, source parameters and regulatory limitations; reviews emission calculation methods, emission control strategies and pollutant hazards; and uses screening air-dispersion modeling software to estimate ambient air pollutant concentrations resulting from emissions to determine health and environmental impacts.

    Prepares air pollution permits for industrial and commercial sources that include enforceable conditions, emission limitations and operating parameter constraints that conform to applicable federal and local regulations and reviews permit applications for accuracy and completeness.

    Prepares technical reports related to air pollutant emissions from existing, modified and proposed industrial sources which includes conducting inspection observations; writing industrial process descriptions; reviewing emission control strategies; performing health and environmental impact analysis; preparing emission calculations; conducting federal and local regulatory assessments; recommending enforcement actions; negotiating and writing emissions test agreements and performing other related activities.

    Researches and reviews federal and local air pollution control regulations to determine applicability to industrial sources.

    Conducts site inspections of industrial and commercial sources of air pollutant emissions to determine compliance with applicable regulations and permit requirements; observes process equipment and air pollution control equipment and records applicable operating parameters; reviews records and logs required by permit; visually quantifies opacity of emissions and observes emission testing.

    Investigates complaints and malfunctions of industrial and commercial sources of air pollutant emissions and recommends corrective measures and enforcement actions; maintains a database of industrial sources that includes pollutant emissions, emission source parameters and compliance information.

    Participates in conferences, workshops, and training as necessary.

    Performs other duties as assigned.


    Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Civil or Environmental Engineering.


    • Valid Tennessee Driver’s License
    • Certification as an Engineer in Training
    • Visible Emissions Evaluation Certification (within 6 months after being hired)

    Link for more details and to apply -

  • 27 Jun 2022 9:44 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    HUTTON is a Chattanooga-based, fully integrated commercial real estate, development, and investment company primarily focused on developing, acquiring, managing and constructing single-tenant, shopping center, multi-family and self-storage properties across the United States.

    Hutton is looking to fill a project engineering position with "a curious problem solver possessing a strong work ethic.” The project engineer will work alongside a Development Project Manager and the rest of the project team to perform a variety of functions to move projects through the development process from idea to delivery. They will be involved with real estate acquisition, design, permitting and entitlements, construction administration, and tenant coordination. This position will support and experience all aspects of commercial real estate development.


     Self-starter, problem solver and ability to perform with sense of urgency

     Ability to work independently or within a group dynamic

     Approach everything with strong attention to detail and intuitive analytical

    thought processes enabling critical evaluation

     Basic knowledge of the design, construction, and permitting process

     Able to work in fast-paced environment involving multiple projects

     Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

     Robust technology skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

     Operates with a mindset of delivering consistent and exceptional customer

    service to all internal and external clients and partners

     Strong interpersonal skills necessary to interact with groups internally and

    externally, including senior executives

     Demonstrated resourcefulness

    Essential Functions:

     Setup internal document folders for each development opportunity, and retain

    and file all documents so they may easily be found by other departments as


     Schedule all necessary meetings for deal progression and coordinate between necessary departments to ensure required participation, including taking detailed notes and assimilating meeting minutes for distribution.

     Assist in preparing an accurate budget, including sourcing accurate site plans and accurately inputting necessary data into financial models

     Create and maintain reports in the Company’s database system

     Create and maintain routine and ad hoc reporting

     Develop and foster relationships between the Company and national/regional retail clients

    Assist in acquiring all necessary property/project entitlements and

    construction related permits/approvals

     Preparation and on-going administration of Project Activity Reports

    summarizing progress/schedule as needed to manage each project and to

    update various Hutton personnel and its clients

     Aid with the preparation, analysis, and on-going administration of a

    development’s budget/proforma, including site, building, tenant build-out,

    architectural, engineering, brokerage, tenant allowance, and any other “Soft”

    and “Hard” costs

     Aid with creation and maintenance of tracking reports and project schedules

     Provide support in the administration of lease work letter agreements, taxes, insurance, tenant delivery packages, rent commencement letters, etc.

     Assist in the maintenance of a network of engineers, architects, land use

    attorneys/planners, and any other necessary project consultants or vendors

     Assist in the production of, and review and have a thorough understanding of all project related activities; site plans, surveys, geotechnical reports, Phase 1 & 2 ESA reports, Civil drawings, Architectural drawings, Structural drawings, PEMB drawings, etc.

     Reporting and tracking of project budget, change orders, draw review, delivery schedule, entitlements, incentives, and deliverables

    Educational Requirements:

    Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Engineering Management, Architecture,

    Construction Administration, Business, Finance, Accounting, Real Estate, or another related discipline preferred.

    If qualified and interested, and fcan blend in well with the Hutton culture – please send resumes to Kristy Colston at

  • 12 Jun 2022 11:55 AM | Gabe Kurtz (Administrator)

    UT Center for Industrial Services in partnership with UTC Center for Professional Education is offering a training class beginning on July 29th and running every Friday for a ten week period from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT with a cost of $2950 per person.

    Registration is now open - please see attached file below for more information if interested:

    Lean SSGB UTCIS_UTC Chattanooga July 2022.pdf

  • 3 Jun 2022 11:26 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)
    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's College of Engineering and Computer Science is launching a mentoring program.  

    The new program will need mentors for young women in these programs of study:

    • Data Science
    • Cyber Security
    • Engineering Management
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronics

    The program will run from August to April, with mentors to invest about one hour per month. There is a mandatory orientation and networking event at UTC campus on the afternoon of Saturday 8/27.

    The focus is on helping the student work toward the personal and professional goals she lays out at the start of the relationship and motivating her toward additional goals as needed.

    Irene Hillman, Director of Student Success, is leading the mentoring program.  

    What makes a good mentor for this new program?

    This is what Irene shared, a professional who identifies as a woman and meets the following:

    • In the field of study that aligns (at least somewhat) with the student.
    • Truly interested in helping someone, is curious about others and is able to open up to them. A great mentor asks lots of questions.
    • Organized, and able to meet time commitments as well as create a clear but flexible plan to meet the goals the mentee has set for herself.
    • Willing to show their mentee how the field works. Able to open doors by sharing their network as appropriate as well.
    • Can build confidence by explaining expectations, preparing them for their experiences in the field, pointing out their strengths, and highlighting their progress.
    • Will “challenge with a smile” – after setting expectations, good mentors enforce accountability and provide constructive feedback while remaining approachable.

    If interested, please complete a survey.  Irene Hillman will be in touch later.

  • 1 Jun 2022 1:31 PM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    La-Z-Boy is hiring an entry level Electrical Engineer at the Innovation Center in Dayton, Tennessee.


    New Product Development and Product Launch

    Evaluate product design concepts which incorporate new or modified electrical content for feasibility and revise for manufacturing and production

    Develop electrical design and requirements

    Manage electrical system development to meet program needs

    Assist with the development of prototypes to evaluate basic functionality and usability

    Prepare reports and present project status at Phase Gate meetings

    Support Customer Care teams to develop appropriate training material and documentation, such as troubleshooting guides and repair processes

    Evaluate the feasibility of incorporating developing technologies into La-Z-Boy products

    Assure the protection and processing of intellectual property and patents


    Validating product designs through verification

    Track changes in regulations which will impact La-Z-Boy products, and establish and maintain electronic program compliance to applicable standards (UL 962, UL1647, UL1310, CE, etc.)

    Lead the development and update of electrical requirements and test methods through the use of FMEAs and other quality tools

    Develop manufacturing requirements for new technology as they are introduced

    Build prototype system to support mechanical design validation testing

    Supplier Management Support

    Serve as the electrical design liaison between supplier and La-Z-Boy developmental team

    Review technical feasibility of supplier quotes

    Provide input to supplier agreements

    Participate in new supplier audits

    Review PPAP part submittals and other quality documentation from suppliers

    Quality/Operations Support

    Provide technical support during electrical system issue investigation (consumer, manufacturing) and aid in the determination of resolution

    Provide support to the plants to insure proper handling, testing and development of electrical component gages in the manufacturing environment

    Provide support to Quality and Supply Chain to develop appropriate inspections


    Working through La-Z-Boy’s quality product development system, problem solving through iterative development, and team collaboration will set up both smooth launches and high customer satisfaction. The engineer’s designs will integrate into a wide variety of materials, including polymers (injection molded, blown); stamped, formed, cast, machined, and coated metals; wood products (solids, veneers, composites); and foams (slab polyurethane). Work collaboratively with Procurement team to build supplier requirements and improve the effectiveness of our electrical component spending in excess of $20 million per year. 



    • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and 0-2 years of experience in an electronic design role
    • Experience with the following:
      • Logic control systems
      • Sensors, low power converters, and analog or mixed-signal circuit design
      • Test and debug equipment
      • Designing electronic circuit assemblies for medium volume, low cost low power, small products 
    • Ability to travel up to 30%

     For more details and to apply -

  • 26 May 2022 8:47 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Do you remember our weekly newsletters that provided summary of each program?  That was a lot of work for many officers over the years.  However, we did have great feedback on our archived newsletters.

    Due to the limited seats at our May 9th program, and great presentation by Brent Rollins, Vice President of Business Development with Spray-Lock Concrete Protection, we will share his presentation to members that could not join us.

    The presentation is titled "Improving Concrete Durability with Colloidal Silica".  Brent gave a brief history and overview of Portland Cement, composition of cement, how colloidal silica works, effect of water in cement, concrete longevity and ended with secret sauce of Spray-Lock and projects.

    Thank you to Spray-Lock and Brent for sharing his presentation with us.

  • 11 Apr 2022 2:03 PM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Peak Performance/Smart Factory Institute / Peak Performance is growing and hiring!

    Some of our members might have attended the Global Robotics Congress in March and the recent Global EV Battery Innovation Conference.  

    Please see position(s) listed on the site -

    Business Development Representative for Smart Factory Institute

    Convention & Meeting Coordinator (filled)

    Digital Content Coordinator (filled)

    Office Coordinator (filled)

    Work site location is at the PIE Center in Cleveland, Tennessee.

    See press release here.

    contact Lulu Copeland for more information or access the information online.

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