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Power Generation Project Engineer (ESC) - Electrical

Auburn, CA, US, 95602

Requisition ID # 26188 

Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Power Generation

Job Location : Auburn


Department Overview

PG&E’s Power Generation Department manages and operates the largest privately-owned hydroelectric system in the nation. These renewable electric generation resources, located mostly at high elevation in California mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade mountains include 68 powerhouses, 184 miles of canals, 41 miles of flumes, 135 miles of tunnels, 19 miles of penstocks, 99 reservoirs, and 142,000 acres of watershed lands all covered by 26 operating licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Position Summary


This is a Journey-level project engineer job that reports to the Supervisor of NERC Compliance and Electrical Safety in Power Generation.  It requires mastery of the Associate Project Engineer job duties and provides complete engineering & design, project management, and technical support to O&M staff for a wide range of moderately complex issues and multiple medium to large capital and expense improvements to power generation and infrastructure facilities. The position requires a comprehensive knowledge of job functions and proficiency in applying sound engineering and project management principals; recognition as a professionally licensed engineer; a working knowledge of industry practices, standards, and equipment; ability to develop and implement all aspects of multiple assigned projects; use of independent judgment; enhanced verbal and written communication skills; and ability to work with minimal supervision. Job duties will vary by assignment. Responsibilities may include Privileged and Confidential work.



Minimum Qualifications

-A 4-year BS Degree in Engineering from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US

-Mastery of the Associate level Project Engineer job duties and demonstrated knowledge, leadership, and ability to perform the job duties of the Journey level Project Engineer. Meets specific technical requirements gained through a minimum of three years of cumulative experience in project engineering, design, and construction.

-Current and active California PE license required.



Desired Qualifications


-PMI certification

-A 4-year BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US

-Demonstrates knowledge and abilities required for the Associate level Electrical Project Engineer and also:

-Demonstrated ability to lead design of a broad scope of multiple medium to large scale complex projects; provide resolution of complex technical and/or contractual issues; and/or provide project management on multiple projects with complex scope requiring non-standard approaches; without supervision.

-Demonstrates extensive knowledge of the generation industry, including extensive understanding, as applicable, of design, construction, and/or operation of rotating machines, dams, and water conveyance and experience interpreting applicable codes, standards, regulations, and practices.

-Experience and working knowledge with NERC Reliability Standards as well as experience as the program lead for specific standard requirements.

-Specifically, experienced with Protection and Control (PRC - including relay testing and settings, and battery testing).

-Experience in causal analysis methods and corrective action development and implementation.

-Provides technical leadership within licensed electrical 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.

-Demonstrates application of extensive project management skills, including seasoned and experience-based judgment and organizational savvy in applying and adapting traditional project management techniques.

-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:

-Leads and applies extensive knowledge in the design and/or project management efforts for multiple complex and/or large generation projects that can be discipline specific, multi-discipline, or programmatic in nature.

-Program lead and owner of numerous NERC compliance standards and requirements.

-Responsible for Power Generation compliance in ECTS (Enterprise Compliance Tracking System).

-Work with Electric Compliance team on all NERC violations.

-Perform causal evaluations on various issues, including potential NERC violations.

-Co-lead on NERC audits and PG&E mock audits.

-Provides 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; some technical services often overlap with those provided by operations & maintenance specialists, but from a design perspective; may act as an engineering and/or project management mentor.

-Approves, leads, and/or performs extensive complex risk management and engineering analyses & studies of generation assets, including dynamic and static modeling of structural, hydraulic, and electrical systems and as assigned, water rights.

-Leads the development and/or presentation of findings to both internal and external organizations, including regulatory bodies, contractors and outside vendors.

-Interprets, applies, and educates others in applicable industry standards, and regulatory codes and regulations.

-Develops and/or evolves standards and specifications.

-Works 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.

-Provides extensive knowledge and guidance to others in start-up testing, inspections, and condition assessment; actively supports complex and/or large project start-up tests and field inspections. Duties include:

-Conducts meetings, prepares written technical and regulatory documents, and agreements

-Represents company to government bodies, conducts site inspections and works with Supervisor to prepare written and verbal communications with regulatory agencies, governmental organizations and other third parties

-Develops and champions company-wide best practices

-Makes presentations to PG&E Officers, various agencies, and the public as appropriate

-Mentors and provides guidance to less experienced team members

-Will work with Supervisors and Principals for some duties.

-Manages multiple complex issues and projects and resolves problems of complex scope. Assignments regularly provide an opportunity for creative or non-standard approaches. Under limited general direction, independently plans and conducts work to meet assigned general objectives. Supports Supervising Engineers Project Managers, Principal Engineers, and/or leads 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; 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