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Power Generation Project Engineer, Senior (ESC) - Electrical

Auburn, CA, US, 95602

Requisition ID # 23348 


Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Power Generation

Job Location : Auburn




Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. And we deliver some of the nation's cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, Together, Building a Better California is not just a slogan. It's the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services. They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.


Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.


Department Overview

PG&E’s Power Generation Department manages and operates one of the largest privately-owned hydroelectric systems in the nation. These renewable electric generation resources, located mostly at high elevation in California’s Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade mountain ranges, include 67 powerhouses, 184 miles of canals, 41 miles of flumes, 135 miles of tunnels, 19 miles of penstocks, 98 reservoirs, and 142,000 acres of watershed lands all covered by 25 operating licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).


Position Summary

This is a senior-level Project Engineer position in PG&E’s hydro facilities safety group. The job requires mastery of the Journey Project Engineer job duties and includes responsibility for supporting PG&E’s hydro facilities safety program to ensure public and employee safety and meet regulatory compliance requirements. Duties include surveillance and monitoring of water storage and conveyance infrastructure, conducting inspections and condition assessments, performing technical studies and engineering analyses, supporting design and construction of civil projects, and managing hydro assets for long-term safe and reliable operation. The successful candidate will lead and manage, as assigned, facilities safety programs and initiatives for a wide range of complex issues and power generation and infrastructure facilities.


The position requires an extensive knowledge of engineering principles and their application to dams, spillways, canals, tunnels, flumes, penstocks, and other hydraulic conveyance and control structures; understanding of the power generation or heavy industry; extensive project management skills; extensive contract management skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and sound judgment to independently resolve complex problems with only general direction. The position also requires leadership, coaching, technical direction, knowledge transfer and assistance to technical employees and teams. Job duties will vary by assignment. Responsibilities may include Privileged and Confidential work.



Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Experience in engineering, design and construction or water rights, 8 years, including generation or heavy industry, 5 years
  • PE-Professional Engineer license, California
    Desired Qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering with Power Systems emphasis
  • MS Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or MBA
  • PMI-Project Management Institute PMP-Project Management Professional certification
    Demonstrates knowledge and abilities required for the Associate- and Journey-level Project Engineer positions and also:
    Demonstrated experience with analysis of dam performance, including seepage, stability, seismic response, flood hydrology, and hydraulics
    Experience with dam safety surveillance, inspection, monitoring, and instrumentation
    Experience with potential failure modes analysis, risk assessment and mitigation, and probabilistic methods
    Experience in analysis, design, and assessment of penstocks and other water conveyance facilities (canals and tunnels), including dynamic/transient loading, non-destructive examination, and fracture mechanics
    Demonstrates knowledge of the generation industry, including extensive understanding, as applicable, of design, construction, and/or operation of dams and water conveyance and experience interpreting applicable codes, standards, regulations, and practices.
    Provides technical leadership within licensed discipline and demonstrates extensive knowledge of the generation industry, including extensive calculation, modeling, and analysis capabilities. Demonstrates extensive contracting knowledge and contract negotiation and management skills. Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills; utilizes a variety of styles to connect with the intended audience; able to present complex information to upper management on a variety of topics.
    Builds consensus around complex and controversial project & technical issues and successfully persuades others to act on agreements reached.
    Track record of ensuring high quality work by self and others on project team and overseeing work of less experienced team members.
    Experienced in integrating industry knowledge and best practices into everyday business practices and decision making; provides others with interpretation and guidance on industry standards and regulations.
    Fully understands PG&E’s financial and business policies & practices, and provides guidance and oversight to incorporate into day-to-day activities.
    Ability to identify trends over multiple projects or years and take needed action to initiate practical system-wide improvements, provide recommendations, develop implementation plans, and lead implementation.
    Track record of working to further his or her own professional development through industry associations & conferences, technical workshops, trade publications, and additional formal education, and of mentoring less senior engineers and project managers.
    Performs functions of Associate and Journey level Project Engineers, but for more complex, larger budget, and higher profile projects. Job duties will vary by assignment. In addition, job duties include, but are not limited to:
    Collecting and evaluating data, conducting assessments and technical studies, performing engineering analyses, preparing reports, and developing recommendations to support the safe and reliable performance of PG&E's dams and appurtenant facilities
    Leading and supporting teams of engineers, consultants, contract technical personnel, and support staff
    Providing guidance and technical support for inspections, condition assessments, engineering analyses and designs, best practices, code and regulatory compliance, asset management programs, project execution, quality assurance, and operation and maintenance of dams and associated water conveyance facilities
    Managing large and complex facilities safety programs and initiatives (e.g., surveillance and monitoring, seismic hazard, risk assessment and mitigation, and equipment-specific asset management programs)
    Overseeing high-visibility, high-risk studies and projects involving PG&E’s dams and water conveyance facilities
    Reviewing and approving engineering calculations, designs, and other work products
    Preparing and review regulatory correspondence related to PG&E's dam and facilities safety programs
    Providing leadership, coaching, technical direction, oversight and quality control for assigned projects and technical work done in discipline, knowledge transfer, and assistance to many technical and/or project management employees and teams
    Proactively controlling scope, schedule, cost, and quality of a large portfolio of projects throughout project life cycle; may oversee the work of other project managers and engineers.
    Approving, leading, and/or performing complex risk management and engineering analyses and studies of generation assets, including dynamic and static modeling of structural and hydraulic systems
    Leading the development and/or presentation of findings to both internal and external organizations, including regulatory bodies, contractors and outside vendors
    Interpreting, applying, and educating others in applicable industry standards, and regulatory codes and regulations.
    Developing and/or evolving standards and specifications
    Working with supervisor and others to manage relationships with external stakeholders; develop regulatory and facility safety strategies; and negotiate with regulatory agencies and third parties on complex project and facility safety issues
    Conducting meetings, preparing written technical and regulatory documents
    Representing PG&E to government bodies, conducting site inspections, and working with Supervisor to prepare written and verbal communications with regulatory agencies, governmental organizations and other third parties
    Developing and championing company-wide best practices
    Making presentations to PG&E Officers, various agencies, and the public as appropriate
    Mentoring and providing guidance to less experienced team members
    Other duties as assigned as related to engineering and project management.
    Working with Supervisors and Principals for some duties.
    Managing multiple complex issues and projects and resolving problems of complex scope (assignments regularly provide an opportunity for creative or non-standard approaches)
    Under limited general direction, independently planning and conducting work to meet assigned general objectives
    Supporting Supervising Engineers Project Managers, Principal Engineers, and/or leading the development and implementation of programmatic solutions, process improvements, regulatory relations, contracting strategies, and very large and/or complex projects.
    External contacts primarily include directing project-related work and contract administration with contractors and vendors, and as assigned, water interests; providing information, conducting discussions, and obtaining approvals from regulatory agencies; and interaction with industry associations. Internal contacts are primarily with Power Gen personnel, including O&M clients and project team members, and PG&E internal services organizations and typically include directing project-related work, discussing and reporting progress, exchanging and coordinating information, managing meetings and providing appropriate documentation. Partners with internal or external stakeholders to solve problems or explore alternative solutions.

Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climage change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento