Power Generation Project Engineer (ESC) – Electrical (San Francisco)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company
May 5, 2022
San Francisco, CA
Job Type


Requisition ID # 130548

Job Category: Engineering / Science

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Job Location: San Francisco

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 position will be remote (must work in California) until we return to the office. When we return to the office, this will be headquartered in Oakland, CA.

This is a journey-level Project Engineer job that requires mastery of the Associate level Project Engineer skills and 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.

Manages multiple moderately complex issues and projects and resolves problems of moderate scope. Supports more experienced engineers and project managers on more complex and large scope projects. Assignments can require standard solutions but may include a moderate level of innovation. Under limited general direction, independently plans work to meet assigned objectives; progress is reviewed periodically for technical accuracy and adequacy in process and upon completion.

External contacts primarily include directing project-related work and contract administration with contractors and vendors; and providing information, conducting limited discussions, and obtaining approvals from regulatory agencies. 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. May partner with internal or external stakeholders to solve problems or explore alternative solutions.


Performs functions of Associate level Project Engineer, but for more complex and higher profile projects. Jobs duties will vary by assignment. In addition, job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Leads design and/or project management efforts for moderately complex generation projects that can be discipline specific, multi-discipline, or programmatic in nature.
  • Provides broad and in-depth technical support to O&M as needed including incident investigation and development of corrective actions.
  • Proactively controls scope, schedule, cost, and quality of designs and projects throughout project life cycle; including coordinating related activities of all project internal & external stakeholders.
  • Performs and/or reviews engineering analyses and studies, detailed scope, viable alternatives, conceptual designs, and recommended fixes to ensure safe/reliable operation of generation assets.
  • Collaboratively with supervisor and Project Manager, solicits, prepares, and evaluates contracts and proposals, including EPC from engineering and/or project management consultants, equipment vendors, and construction firms, and directs resulting work. Reviews consultant contracts for technical compliance.
  • Interprets and applies applicable codes
  • Approves and stamps technical reports, specifications, new drawings, and revisions to existing drawings for projects.
  • Works with supervisors and others to represent PG&E to internal and external organizations as required
  • Identifies gaps between current business practices and stated objectives and provides recommendations for process improvements to address gaps.
  • Other job duties as assigned as related to Engineering and Project Management.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A 4-year BS Degree in Engineering from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US is required.
  • Current and active California PE license
  • Mastery of the Associate level Project Engineer job duties and demonstrated leadership, knowledge, 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • BS Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Project Management Certification
  • Demonstrates knowledge and abilities required for the Associate level Project Engineer and also:
  • Able to manage and complete several projects concurrently, depending on scope and complexity.
  • Able to stamp and/or certify engineering drawings and documents.
  • Has demonstrated a broad and in-depth knowledge of engineering and project management concepts, principals, practices, and design requirements for generation assets; ability to develop moderately complex design changes, project scopes, and project implementation plans; and provide more in-depth investigation & analysis support to O&M.
  • Has a working knowledge of power generation industry including understanding of design, construction, and/or operation of rotating machines, and experience interpreting applicable codes, standards, regulations, and practices.
  • Demonstrate informed judgment when making decisions and recommendations and use of technical & business judgment in applying engineering and project management principles and techniques to determine cost effective and practical solutions
  • Able to function as a journey level project manager on projects with moderate scope and/or support more experienced project managers on larger or more complex projects.
  • Track record of building consensus around moderately complex and controversial project issues and successfully persuading others to act on agreements reached; able to build upon foundation of technical and business knowledge to shape the opinions of others.
  • Able to provide clear and effective technical direction and guidance to less experienced engineers, project managers, drafters, and analysts, and to provide training to these and other groups as needed.
  • Able to independently provide technical and/or project oversight and direction to consultants, suppliers, and construction firms to meet moderately complex project needs; understands contracting principals and options; able to effectively manage moderately complex contracts and to negotiate and resolve contract disputes favorably.
  • Track record of taking ownership of problems and their solutions.
  • Able to identify gaps between current business practices and stated objectives and provide recommendations for process improvements to address gaps.
  • Track record of working with senior engineers and project managers to further his or her own professional development.
  • Proactively evolves engineering and project management skills and
  • knowledge through industry associations & conferences, technical workshops, trade publications, and additional formal education.


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