Pacific Gas & Electric Company Power Generation Plant Engineer, Senior (ESC) in Maxwell, California

Requisition ID # 14076

Job Category : Engineering / Science

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Power Generation

Job Location : Maxwell


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 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 Senior level Engineer job that works under the direction of the plant manager and is typically as the sole engineering representative at the site. As such, the Plant Engineer must be well rounded with the ability to work in multiple arenas. The Job Duties listed below depend on a thorough understanding of the generation technology in use at the site and will be dominated by Production Support and Monitoring Plant Performance. This position is also responsible for providing facility personnel with technical engineering support for routine projects, including, but not limited to: providing technical data; applying engineering principles to investigate, analyze, and propose solutions to technical issues; oversee or conduct engineering design review, and in the review of applicable engineering documents.


Minimum Qualifications

-Five to ten years power plant experience specifically with the power generation technology in use at the subject plant. Greater experience within this range is required for individuals without an engineering degree.

Desired Qualifications

  • A 4-year BS Degree in Engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US is strongly preferred.

  • Current and active California PE license is strongly preferred.

  • Able to apply basic engineering principles and theory.

-Prioritizes, plans, and recommends solutions for routine projects.

-Effectively communicates both written and orally.

-Approaches and plans work in an organized manner to meet project commitments.

-Demonstrates good judgment when making decisions and recommendations.

-Ability and willingness to work overtime to support plant operation and maintenance. (Occasional phone calls during off hours are to be expected.)


Production Support: Works with the operations and maintenance teams to provide engineering support for plant projects. Assists maintenance team in short and long term outage and non-outage planning, leads the facility in root cause analysis and forced event reporting. Also Assists the site safety lead with accident investigation and assists the plant manager with the annual budget process.

Monitor Plant Performance: Works with plant operations and maintenance personnel to resolve and correct performance deficiencies. Uses familiarity with the facility equipment and engineering expertise to identify and communicate safety, performance, or reliability concerns. Monitors unit efficiency and identifies and troubleshoots deviations from expected values.

Develops & manages tools: Works with the power management/dispatch group to develop and maintain a detailed plant cost analysis tool for use in dispatching the facility in all conditions. Develops facility technical policies, procedures, and contributes to the development of facility standards, specifications and guidelines.

Project / Outage Support: Provide technical support during major and minor unit outages. May manage or direct projects or modifications to plant equipment and ensure proper installation, operation, and documentation.

Represents PG&E at external industry associations, committees, trade organizations and other inter-utility groups.

Resolves problems of a broad scope. Assignments typically require from standard to complex solutions. Assignments are regularly reviewed by the Plant Manager. Responsible as back-up for the facility environmental manager, and fills in for Plant Manager at some meetings and may provide vacation relief for Plant Manager. Customarily and regularly uses discretion and independent judgment in fulfilling these job functions.

Internal contacts are with the facility management team to resolve plant performance issues, provide technical expertise as requested and to interact with system dispatch to maintain plant performance and dispatch tools.