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Seattle City (spot)Light: Kyle Knox, Electrician Constructor

The Basics

Division: Transmission & Distribution Operations

How long have you been at City Light? I started as an electrician constructor apprentice in August 2017.

Tell us about your role: As an electrician constructor, my job primarily entails maintaining and upgrading the electrical grid equipment within the substations. I primarily work at the Bothell, Shoreline, and North Mountain substations.


Hometown: Longview, Wash.

Alma mater: Perry Technical Institute

Discipline/Trade of study: Instrumentation and automation

Tell us about your family/pets: My wife, Melissa, and I have two young boys, Logan, 4, and Luke, 1. We also have two little dogs that we adopted from animal shelters: Baxter, 14, and Chloe, 7.

Just for Fun

What is the most rewarding part of your work at the utility? I really enjoy working in a field that brings new challenges and opportunities daily while helping provide clean and reliable power to the people of Seattle.

When you were younger, what was your dream job? I always wanted to be an inventor. I liked the idea of creating something new that people would want and find useful. Over the years, I’ve developed multiple prototypes of some of my ideas using my computer and 3D printer. I’m currently designing a tool to aid constructors in wiring relays.

What is one of your biggest accomplishments? I recently became a self-published children’s author. When my wife and I adopted Baxter on July 5, 2013, he became a cherished member of our family. Then, as we had kids, he became their best friend and protector. We like to read books to our boys every night before bed. I noticed that I hadn’t seen any books about rescuing animals or adopting pets. That’s when I decided to create “Baxter Finds a Home.” My goal is to spread awareness about all the pets out there that need a loving home.

If you could use two words to describe yourself, what would they be? Curious and resourceful.

What is the best meal you have ever eaten? The best meal I’ve ever eaten was an incredible three- course meal at Le Bistro du Perigord in Paris, France. The best part was definitely the duck in the main course. Incredibly complex and delicious!