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PG&E Design Engineer (ESC), Civil - Oakland in Oakland, California

Design Engineer (ESC), Civil - Oakland Location Oakland, California;

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Requisition ID # 143448

Job Category: Engineering / Science

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Engineering

Work Type: Hybrid

Job Location: Oakland

Department Overview

The men and women of Electric Engineering ensure the delivery of safe and reliable electric service to our customers. Electric Engineering is responsible for every aspect of 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 and 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, Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) plans and modifications, and seismic retrofit of buildings and equipment.

Position Summary

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

As a Civil Design Engineer in the Substation Civil Engineering department, you will develop civil, structural, and environmental designs for our large network of high voltage substations. 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 Bentley Substation 3D for drawing development, and SAP2000, ENERCALC, PLS-CADD and L-PILE for structural analysis and design. Design and analysis will be conducted for steel, concrete, and masonry.

This is an entry-level position where you will work alongside licensed professional engineers and acquire broad experience for career growth.

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 agreements, and internal equity. This position is subject to collectively bargained hourly wage rates.

The hourly rate for this position ranges from $41.52 to $69.14. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the starting hourly rate for this position is $41.52, 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.

  • Review drawings and calculations prepared by others.

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

  • Travel 10% of the time.



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering by December 2022; 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 codes including ASCE 7, CBC, ACI 318 and AISC 360

  • Experience with SAP2000 or similar 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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