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PG&E Power Generation Inspector, Senior (Civil) in Auburn, California

Power Generation Inspector, Senior (Civil) Location Auburn, California;

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Requisition ID # 151534

Job Category: Power Generation; Maintenance / Construction / Operations

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Work Type: Hybrid

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

The Power Generation Inspector plays a critical role in providing construction inspection services, contractor safety oversight, and environmental compliance for all Hydro Generation departments including project management, outage management, contract management, engineering, diving, construction, land management and operations and maintenance. This job oversees contractor’s scope of work performed and associated work evolutions, corrective actions and trends, and develops and shares lessons learned from contractor incidents. This role possesses specialized field experience to engage our contractors and subcontractors, growing our collaboration with them, and effectively managing their daily performance on safety and quality. The role includes responsibility of timely notification to appropriate stakeholders about any safety, quality, scope, schedule and costs issues. This position will liaise with the corporate contractor safety program team as the PG&E site representative to ensure Power Generation compliance with established company contractor safety standard.

PG&E is providing the salary range that the company in good faith believes it might pay for this position at the time of the job posting. This compensation range is specific to the locality of the job. The actual salary paid to an individual will be based on multiple factors, including, but not limited to, specific skills, education, licenses or certifications, experience, market value, geographic location, and internal equity. Although we estimate the successful candidate hired into this role will be placed towards the middle or entry point of the range, the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis related to these factors.​

A reasonable salary range is:​

California Minimum: $​97,000

California Maximum: $​154,000

Job Responsibilities

  • Performs field inspection services on complex, fluid and/or longer duration work activities for both internal and contractor-performed jobs within the PG&E Hydroelectric Generation System. Manages safety and quality of construction activities to ensure compliance with applicable plans, specifications, standards, codes and agency requirements

  • Verifies and enforces PG&E contractor safety standard and utility contractor oversight procedure at the jobsite including enforcing contractor-submitted site-specific safety plans, completing field safety observations, validating third-party administrator contractor grades and badging requirements, completing safety performance evaluations and other field oversight responsibilities.

  • Conducts and participates in worksite safety orientations, daily tailboards and Job Safety Analyses (JSA) development and review to ensure all hazards and mitigations are addressed for work performed, including Infrequently Performed High Risk work.

  • Works with Corporate Safety, project management, engineering, construction or O&M personnel in the field to develop and coordinate corrective or mitigating actions as required to abate hazards and restore contractor personnel safety and compliance at the jobsite.

  • Provides oversight on air quality monitoring and abatement activities such asbestos, lead-paint and other regulated materials to ensure company, utility, and agency environmental compliance. Works with work groups to ensure permit requirements are satisfied and required documents are retained.

  • Reviews, interprets and understands executed contract, including verifying inclusions and exclusions of scope of work, technical specifications, contract payment terms, field changes, and labor, equipment and material (LM&E) documentation.

  • Works with project management, engineering, construction or O&M job Leads to communicate job progress, status, changes, issues and risks. Liaises with contractor work supervisor in the field to coordinate and decide on appropriate actions to maintain conformance with the executed contract.

  • Prepares and maintains field documentation through construction phase including detailed inspection reports or daily logs, progress photographs, as-built markups/redlines and observations. Professionally communicates and facilitates Request-For-Information (RFI) transactions between onsite contractor and offsite PG&E stakeholders (engineer, project lead).

  • Performs Qualified Electrical Observer (QEO) duties for non-electrical workers working near energized equipment including reviewing and interpreting electrical diagrams, schematics and mechanical drawings.

  • Performs field testing on civil infrastructure including concrete, asphalt, structural steel, grouting and engineered fill. Determines quality, materials and workmanship through inspection, and conformance with specifications. Performs associated laboratory testing (offsite) to support field test results.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) or equivalent.

  • Valid California Class C driver’s license, or equivalent

  • 6 years of journeymen or equivalent experience in the construction industry

  • Physical demands required for the successful performance of this job include standing and/or walking for long hours in a day on uneven and steep terrain, and possibly during variable weather conditions.

  • Must be comfortable living/working in remote/rural areas.

  • Travel within PG&E’s Power Generation Hydro service territory, up to 100% of time.


  • OSHA Safety Associate Certificate

  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Certification for Field Concrete Testing

  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) Certification

  • CPR/First Aid certified

  • Manufacturer certification for Transportation and Use of Portable Nuclear Gauge

  • Experience leading a work crew of craftsmen (e.g., Sub Foreman, Working Foreman or equivalent experience).

  • Experience in quality assurance, lab testing and/or hydro generation industry.

  • Experience with field testing on civil infrastructures.

  • Experience working under deadlines in a dynamic environment that often lacks predictability due to external influence.

  • Experience leading teams and/or contractors.

  • Knowledge and understanding of current local, state and federal regulations pertaining to construction and contractor safety.

  • Knowledge and understanding of PG&E and industry-specific electrical standards, PG&E Contractor Safety Program, ISNetWorld and Gold Shovel, and other relevant safety policies, theories, concepts, methods, best practices and techniques.

  • Extensive and substantial practical knowledge and experience in heavy rotating equipment operation, mechanical design, material selection and repair techniques.

  • Proficient in the use of various computer programs, and willingness to embrace new technology as it becomes available.

  • Proficient in technical writing to facilitate understanding of procedures or service.

  • Proficient at conducting hazard evaluations for complex jobs and recommending appropriate controls.

  • Proficient in developing, assisting, or drafting communications to all levels of leadership.

  • Demonstrated ability to inspire others and get them to take action without always using position or authority.


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