Instrumentation Tech

Temporary Contract Work at TVA

Start Date: As soon as possible

Duration:  6 to 24 months

Location: Norris Lab, Norris TN

Pay: $31 to $38 per hour, depending on experience 

Number of positions:  2

Work Schedule:  8:00 to 4:45, Monday through Friday

To apply, email your resume to:  gro.IVByMnull@smailliwdm

Purpose of Position

Supporting arc flash walkdowns and generator testing at TVA fossil, hydro, and gas plants throughout the Tennessee Valley.

  • Looking for self-motivated individuals with electrical testing and safety background for in-plant work assignments, comfortable with potential high-voltage work. Duties will mostly be scheduling and walking down electrical panels in plants.
  • Must be comfortable with computers and cameras, organized, and be active (standing/walking/reaching) for multiple hours a day – this is not a desk job.
  • Job stationed out of Norris, TN, but will include extensive travel (70% give or take) throughout the Tennessee valley, within about a six-hour drive of home-base.
  • Travel could be up to 4-5 nights at a time, some weeks might just be day trips, almost always home on the weekends.
  • Potential for job to persist for years.


  • Must have satisfactorily completed an associate degree in electrical technology.
  • Must have thorough working knowledge of electronic test equipment and hand tools normally found in electronic fabrication and test shops.
  •  Must have thorough working knowledge with personal computers used in data acquisition and data analysis.
  •  Must be familiar with troubleshooting basic logic and analog circuits.
  •  Must be familiar with excel or other spreadsheet software used in data analysis and graphic presentation.
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills.

Job Summary

Performs the more difficult tasks of an instrumentation technician related to the design, installation and operation of a wide variety of instruments, computers and monitoring and control systems. The incumbent is also responsible for the performance of progressively more challenging duties in this work area. The work more specifically includes:

1. Assists the project engineer in planning and designing, and performs the tasks of purchasing, constructing, testing, installing and operating all areas of data acquisition systems. This includes sensors, signal conditioning, data loggers, telemetry and development of data retrieval and analysis methods. An example would be systems that accumulate rainfall and stream flow data and transmits the data to central stations.

2. Assists the project engineer in planning and designing, and constructs, installs, and operates computer-based systems for the collection of real time data such as flood warning or operational control and evaluation systems and systems for the testing of prototype structures, problem evaluation and design confirmation.

3. Assists the project engineer in conducting a wide range of complex operations, tests, experiments and analyses. May perform moderately complicated calculations on data to analyze, interpret and evaluate data. Formulates recommendations based on analytical results to modify systems.

4. Constructs prototype electronic equipment, circuit boards and assemblies from schematic diagrams. Assists project engineers with functional tests of the circuits. To verify correct operation, the incumbent must use electronic test and measurement equipment including digital voltmeters, oscilloscopes, counters and similar devices.

5. Schedules, analyses, prepare, and revise drawings, designs and specifications.

6. Prepares reports and procedures to document results. 

Please Note
You must be a TVA retiree or former employee to perform contract work through BVI.
In addition, you must be in compliance with TVA’s Contractor Return Restrictions.