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PG&E Civil Design Engineer, Substations in Oakland, California

Civil Design Engineer, Substations Location Oakland, California;

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Requisition ID # 148155

Job Category: Engineering / Science

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Engineering

Work Type: Hybrid

Job Location: Oakland

Department Overview

The Electric Engineering team ensures the delivery of safe and reliable electric service to our customers. Electric Operations is responsible for PG&E's electric distribution and transmission operations, including planning, engineering, maintenance and construction, asset management, business planning, restoration, and emergency response.

The Engineering and Design team of Transmission Operations Substation Engineering is responsible for civil, electrical and protection engineering work for all of PG&E’s substations. Civil design includes substation design of foundations, structures, grading, equipment seismic qualification, SPCC plans and modifications, and seismic retrofit of buildings and equipment.

Position Summary

This entry-level position is represented by Engineers and Scientist of California (ESC) subject to collective bargaining.

As a Civil/Structural Design Engineer in the Substation Civil Engineering department, you will develop civil, structural and environmental designs for our large network of high voltage substations. From our centralized San Ramon office, you will prepare construction drawings and supporting calculations, participate in field reviews at substation facilities and discuss project objectives with other stakeholders in engineering, construction, operations and maintenance. You will use a variety of design tools, including MicroStation for drawing development, and SAP2000, PLS-CADD and L-PILE for structural analysis and design.

This position is hybrid, working from your remote office and your assigned work location based on business need. The assigned work location will be within the PG&E Service Territory.

PG&E is providing the hourly rate 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 hourly rate 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, collective bargaining agreement, and internal equity.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the hourly rate range for this position is $41.52 to $69.14, subject to collectively bargained wage increases.​

Job Responsibilities

  • Actively promote safe practices and conduct in accordance with the Corporate Safety policy.

  • Design and retrofit steel structures, reinforced concrete foundations, anchorage, retaining walls, control buildings and equipment supports per PG&E Design Criteria.

  • Design access roads, drainage and soil retention systems, and grading and layout of new substations.

  • Design spill containment systems for large oil-filled electrical equipment for environmental compliance.

  • Prepare construction drawings using MicroStation Bentley Substation 3D software.

  • Provide Construction Administration assistance to the Responsible Engineer, including review of shop drawings, RFIs and submittals.

  • Foster teamwork and innovation and embrace new approaches to accomplish our work more efficiently and effectively.

  • Travel 10% of the time.



  • Holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or similar discipline; OR graduating by August 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or similar discipline; OR its equivalent in education and experience to include education and design drafting experience totaling six years; or education and experience totaling four years including two years at PG&E as a Design Drafter or Senior Design Drafter

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class C California Driver's License (or higher) by Day 1 of hire


  • 1 to 2 years of experience in structural engineering

  • M.S. degree in Civil or Structural Engineering

  • EIT or PE License

  • Knowledge of building codesincluding ASCE 7, CBC, ACI 318 and AISC 360

  • Experience with SAP2000 or equivalent structural analysis software

  • Proficiency with MS Office products including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel

  • Ability to work in a team environment and support fellow team members

  • Strong communication, organizational and leadership skills


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