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  • 10 May 2024 5:58 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    The Chattanooga Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is offering its fourth annual scholarship for rising 9-12th grade students in Chattanooga, TN to attend the design summer camp offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). A minimum of two scholarships will be awarded for the 2024 Summer Design Camp 

    UTK's 2024 Summer Design Camp will be held in person the week of July 14th – 20th

    Additional details about the camp may be found here:

  • 20 Apr 2024 8:58 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    TN Valley Robotics (TNVR) will be hosting the 2024 Middle School Aerial Drone Championship on Thursday and Friday, May 16-17, at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga's MacLellan Gym.

    TNVR is recruiting volunteers and will provide training.  Lunch will be provided for anyone working for at least half a day at the Championship.

    The competition event will take place at the lower level in the gym.

    In support of TNVR's STEM projects.  CEC will create an event for volunteer sign up.  The volunteer sign-up link is -

  • 28 Mar 2024 8:19 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Two exciting career opportunities at Astec Industries, a leading company in the design and manufacturing of highway class pavers and material transfer vehicles. Astec is expanding its mechanical engineering team and seeking individuals with experience in machine design, metal fabrication, welding, or construction equipment.

    Position 1: Mechanical Engineer - Highway Class Pavers 

    Position 2: Mechanical Engineer - Material Transfer Vehicles

    Key Requirements: - Strong background in machine design and development - Experience in metal fabrication and welding techniques - Knowledge of construction equipment and industry standards - Ability to work in a collaborative, fast-paced environment. If you are interested in joining a dynamic team that is pushing the boundaries of innovation in the construction equipment industry, consider applying for these positions. 

    To learn more and apply, please visit the job posting link.

  • 9 Mar 2024 9:40 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Tennessee American Water Names Grady Stout as Vice President of Operations

    Chattanooga, Tenn. (March 8, 2024) – Grady Stout has been named vice president of operations for Tennessee American Water. Stout succeeds Doug Wagner, who has been named American Water’s vice president of health and safety.  In this operations role, Stout will lead the Safety, Water Quality, Field Operations, Production, and Maintenance teams in Chattanooga and the Sequatchie Valley.

    “Grady has proven himself as an effective leader throughout his career with American Water, where he has steadily been promoted to roles with increased responsibilities,” said Grant Evitts president of Tennessee American Water.  “In addition to a strong operational background, he has regulatory experience and a proven record of management and delivery of capital projects – all with a focus on customer service.”

    Stout has been with American Water for over 11 years and most recently served as director of engineering where he efficiently managed a $35 million annual capital budget.  He also previously served as interim vice president of operations and led the state’s COVID-19 emergency response to assure the continuity of essential services to our customers.  

    Stout is licensed as a Professional Engineer and chairs the Water Utility Committee for the KY/TN Section of the American Water Works Association.  He is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Stout and his family reside in Hamilton County.


  • 3 Mar 2024 7:36 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Cleveland Utilities Authority, a municipal utility providing electric, water and wastewater services to the Cleveland, Tennessee/Bradley County area, is seeking an entry-level Electrical Engineer.

    • Prepare work orders for new transmission lines, substations, and distribution lines as required.
    • Prepare work orders to serve residential, commercial, and industrial loads.
    • Write specifications for equipment and material when required and evaluate materials/equipment for purchase.
    • Knowledge of SCADA systems, distribution system modeling and planning, and communication systems.
    • Prepare and execute contracts with the customer as required to protect Cleveland Utilities investments.
    • Secure easements as required for installation of Cleveland Utilities electrical facilities.
    • Review customer plats to ensure proper easements and resolve any conflicts involving Cleveland Utilities electrical facilities.
    • Prepare capital budget items in response to system studies and make recommendations for system improvements.
    • Must be available for after-hours duties including standby supervisor for Electric Division.

    • B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering with a power or control systems specialization from an accredited college or university. Resumes will be accepted from any applicant completing their degree May 2024.
    • Experience in the electric utility area is desirable, but not required.
    • Thorough understanding of process control systems.
    • Valid Tennessee driver’s license.

    see ad and to apply, access here.

  • 4 Feb 2024 11:29 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    VW Chattanooga will host its first Girl Day during Engineers Week.

    The event will take place on Saturday, February 22nd.

    Girl Day will be open to female students ages 6-16. 

    VW professionals (Women in Motion group) will lead students in 2 scheduled activities, design a Bot (which is an introduction to standard work activity) and a Hands-on Experience of building a robot with OSOYOO V2.1 Robot Smart Car Starter Kits.

    The Girl Day registration link is now live

    If not VW employee, parents/teachers/students should use 0000 when registering in lieu of a VW Employee ID number.

    Lunch will be provided.

  • 30 Dec 2023 7:28 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    TN Valley Robotics has a busy January to kick off the new year.

    FLL (FIRST Lego League) Qualifiers: 

    Jan 13, Dalton GA, Career Academy

    Jan 20, Dahlonega, GA Lumpkin Middle School

    Jan 27, Adairsville, GA Bartow Middle School

    VEX IQ

    Jan 13, Flintstone, GA, Chattanooga Valley Middle School

    Jan 13, Knoxville, TN, Bearden Middle School

    Jan 23, Chattanooga, TN, OLPH

    More updates to come.

    Visit TNVR site for updates and details -

  • 22 Dec 2023 6:45 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Position Summary

    Assistant/Associate/Professor of Engineering (level commensurate with experience) to begin in the fall semester 2024.  The position requires academic excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service with an emphasis on teaching.  The successful candidate will teach a broad range of engineering courses.  Bryan College currently offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree with Options in Mechanical, Civil, Biology, Computing, Chemistry, and Engineering Management.  The Vogel School of Engineering opened in the fall of 2018 and currently has 65 students.  Enrollment is projected to continue to increase yearly as the program develops.  State-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities have recently been constructed.

    Education Required

    • An earned graduate degree [doctorate preferred] in Engineering or closely related fields.  All disciplines will be considered, but preference will be given to mechanical or civil engineering.

    For additional details and to apply, please visit the website.

  • 19 Dec 2023 9:14 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Established in 1990, the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge is a residential, hands-on learning experience for Appalachia’s middle and high school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields.

    Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this program is a gateway to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Appalachian Region. Many participants come from economically distressed counties and often gain their first exposure to applied science and STEM education through this experience.

    All participants work with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States.

    High school and middle school students conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony where participants showcase their work.

    Visit here for more information and to apply.

  • 28 Nov 2023 8:29 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)


    The Engineering Manager establishes and directs a technical engineering team to define, develop, and design new product lines from concept to full production as well as expand existing product lines for the forestry and recycling markets ensuring customer technical and cost requirement satisfaction. As a member of the Leadership Team, the Engineering Manager will develop cost effective and product improvement strategies for existing products and provide leadership and mentoring to the Engineering Department and site staff.

    Key Deliverables

    • Propose and manage budgets for projects.
    • Research and develop designs and products.
    • Provide clear and concise instructions to engineering teams.
    • Ensure that final machines designs are cost-effective and meets requirements.
    • Supports the sales department with product applications.

    Key Activities & Responsibilities

    • Directs a team of engineers and designers of which may include several subordinate supervisors or team leaders, some of whom are in a position comparable to Senior Engineers.
    • Responsible for Research and Development of new product lines.
    • Develops, deploys, monitors, and measures internal design standards within all engineering groups and subgroups ensuring accuracy of the Bill of Material (BOM) and its structure on drawings and for computer use.
    • Ensures final output of machine designs are functional, cost-effective, and meet customer requirements.
    • Prepares, communicates, and monitors individual workloads to optimize and adhere to project schedules as well as capacity management.
    • Develops department best practices and standard operating procedures to include integration and hand-off of designs to the Purchasing and Operations departments.
    • Promotes good communication and engagement amongst internal and external teams to ensure customer expectations are met.
    • Inspires, mentors, grows, and develops engineering talent while providing vision and direction for the team.
    • Conducts a continuous search of new materials, processes, and procedures to enhance and improve the product line.
    • Prepares budget and schedules for the development of new product lines. Maintains system of budget and schedule control.
    • Reviews manufacturing processes for cost effectiveness and feasibility.
    • Hold the Engineering Team accountable for Astec Core Values, strategic plan performance, budget performance and schedule performance.
    • Works with Operations to ensure new parts are compatible with capabilities. Identifies when new capability is required.
    • Provides status reports to the Director of Engineering for projects under their supervision.

    To be successful in this role, your experience and competencies are:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Forestry Engineering, Forest Resources, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field or equivalent and/or combination of training and experience.
    • 8 + years of progressive leadership role om an Engineering related fields
    • Manufacturing and engineering experience in heavy machinery and/or "big iron" preferred.
    • Proficient in the use of SolidWorks and/or AutoCAD to generate 3D solid model designs from concept to fabrication.
    • Familiarity with industry policies and procedures to ensure safety, environmental, and regulatory compliance.
    • Must possess in-depth understanding in one or more engineering fields (i.e., electrical, software, mechanical) and design criteria.
    • Thorough working knowledge of plant engineering, industrial engineering, and tooling.
    • Hydraulic and diesel knowledge required, control systems and power train knowledge a plus.

    see job post on Linkedin

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