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Kathleen Drevik

Knoxville TN 37902 USA

Kathleen Drevik on The Tech Industry in East TN

July 29, 2016
Map Of Oak Ridge, TNHi, I’m Kathy Drevik, Senior Control Systems Engineer in Knoxville, TN. I often get asked about the climate for tech industry jobs here in the Knoxville area. For those in the tech industry looking to make Knoxville their home, East Tennessee is a must-look-at place. There are many thriving companies that could be a good fit.

CTI, Inc was bought by Siemens for one billion dollars in 1995 and continues to thrive as one of Knoxville, TN’s top tech employers. As of July 29, 2016 there were 38 job openings at Siemens facilities in Knoxville and surrounding areas. Two other medical imaging companies are ABT Molecular Imaging and ProNova Solutions. ABT does Biomarker Generator Systems for PET Scans and ProNova makes proton therapy devices. Both of these companies were started by CTI/Seimens alumni. Also, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) employs thousands of tech workers not only through the lab itself, but also through the numerous companies that have sprung up to support the efforts of ORNL.

Examples of companies involved with ORNL are: Siemens Healthcare,  Boston Government Services (Strategic and Technical Solutions for Complex and Highly Regulated Environments),  BES Technologies (respirator and laundry services for the nuclear industry), Smith’s Detection (imaging for food and airline industries), Canberra radiation and detection, and a host of others.

The University of Tenneessee has seen many graduates go on to start successful companies. The companies are too numerous to mention, but if you Google the term “Company started by University of Tennessee Alum” you will be surprised by the number of results.

Finally, a quick search on for the term “Jobs in Oak Ridge, TN” yields over one thousand entries-from truck drivers to engineers.

More to come!
-Kathleen Drevik, Knoxville, TN
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