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Power Generation Specialist, Senior (ESC) - Auburn

Auburn, CA, US, 95602

Requisition ID # 26274 

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 an experienced Subject Matter Expert senior-level position that requires mastery of one or more disciplines and typically possesses extensive knowledge of power generation systems and equipment. Individuals at this level are responsible and capable of leading large, complex jobs and investigations and able to provide technical assistance and direction to the facility managers. Applies extensive knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices to resolve complex problems with only general direction. Provides leadership, coaching, technical direction, knowledge transfer and assistance to operating, maintenance, and technical supervisors and their teams. Additional responsibilities beyond the Power Generation Specialist include, but are not limited to, the following: Deliver presentations, lead team meetings, interpret and ensure compliance with industry practices and codes, represent the company to outside regulatory agencies. This position also performs related work as required and the duties outlined in this job description may vary depending on position.


External contacts are with contractors, vendors and local public agencies with ministerial authority. Internal contacts are with clients, team members, and company management. May provide technical direction to less experienced team members. Exchanges information and solves problems with others outside the team.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of a Disciplined specific Apprenticeship program or have held a recognized journey level operations position.


  • A Journeyman Certificate in a technical discipline from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US.


  • Valid CA driver’s license by day 1 of hire


  • Mastery of the Power Generation Specialist job duties and demonstrated knowledge and ability to perform the basic duties of the Senior Power Generation Specialists. Meets specific technical requirements gained through a minimum of 8 years as a Power Generation Specialist or 13 years accumulated experience in significant related work.


Desired Qualifications

  • BS degree


Demonstrate knowledge and abilities required for the Power Generation Specialist and Senior Power Generation Specialist and also:

  • Demonstrate ability to handle multiple large scale, large budget complex projects without supervision.
  • Demonstrate good presentation skills including knowledge transfer presentations.
  • Ability to serve as the leader for a technical review team including outside contractors.
  • Complete assignments of broad scope and complexity.
  • Ability to integrate information from a variety of sources.
  • Experience working safely on energized systems up to 480v
  • Strong troubleshooting skills on electrical systems
  • Understanding of data acquisition systems and transducers
  • Solid grasp of electronics theory
  • Experience with control systems
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Qualified Electrical Worker
  • Excitation system programming (Basler DECS-2100, DECS-250, ABB Unitrol 6000)
  • Power System Stabilizer tuning
  • Labview Programming
  • Matlab Simulink Programming



  • Setup monitoring and data acquisition equipment for online dynamic testing of generators, exciters, and governors.
  • Maintain equipment used during field testing in working order.
  • Research and upgrade test equipment and data acquisition software as necessary to support generator, exciter, and PSS model validation testing.
  • Support troubleshooting of critical plant electrical systems, e.g., voltage regulators to allow for quick return to service of generators.
  • Support maintaining Voltage Regulators in automatic mode and keep Power System Stabilizers functioning properly.
  • Support local areas in commissioning of excitation systems and voltage regulators.
  • May perform functions of Power Generation Specialist and in addition:
  • Manage large complex projects and perform engineering analyses, studies, and develop conceptual designs.
  • Lead, coach, direct, and assist technical employees and teams on technical issues. May act as a mentor.
  • Assist in finalizing contract project specification and technical evaluation of contract project bids.
  • Provide support to other departments in land, permitting, and legal issues.
  • Will work with Supervisors and Principals for some duties
  • Periodically directs the work of field crews during Operation, Maintenance and/or Construction at Power Generation facilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Resolves problems of complex scope. Assignments may provide an opportunity for creative or non-standard approaches. Under general direction, independently plans work to meet assigned general objectives. Work may be reviewed upon completion; solution may provide an opportunity for creative/non-standard approaches.


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 climate 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.

Employee Privacy Notice                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. CCPA grants new and far-reaching privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles  job applicants, employees and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information PG&E collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed through the following link: Employee Privacy Notice

PG&E will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment in a manner consistent with all state and local laws.