Pacific Gas & Electric Company Transmission Planning Engineer (ESC) in San Francisco, California

Requisition ID # 15313

Job Category : Engineering / Science

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Job Location : San Francisco


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

The Transmission System Planning (TSP) department performs Interconnection studies, multi-year assessments and develops a portfolio of transmission expansion plans and projects to meet the company's transmission needs for delivery of safe and reliable electric service to our customers while adhering to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) planning standards. The members of TSP actively participate in the NERC and WECC standard development process for electric transmission reliability. The department is also involved in developing transmission expansion policy and strategy to meet the Company's RPS goals. In addition, the department provides support to project implementation groups, operations, law, contract and other internal departments.

Position Summary

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

This position is responsible for providing technical support and transmission system reliability analysis that supports the development of transmission expansion plans that will meet the Company’s RPS goals, NERC compliance requirements, and interconnection requests. The Journey level engineer resolves problems and typically may require direction from more senior engineers and the supervisor. As experience increases the responsibility level increases as well as greater independence of judgment is expected with respect to standard solution problems. The position requires interfacing and coordination with both internal and external customers of PG&E Transmission Planning Department.

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform technical computer power flow simulation analysis to forecast future system conditions.

  • Support/Lead the basecase creation process, including coordinating of the schedule and deliverables.

  • Support/Lead PG&E transmission planning load forecast process

  • Develop basecase assumptions and transmission system steady state and dynamic models.

  • Perform transmission planning studies for wholesale load interconnection and develop comprehensive plan to ensure safe, reliable, economic and efficient operation of the electric transmission system.

  • Work with entities such as the CAISO and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on electric transmission planning projects and issues.

  • Review and develop electrical computer simulation models of transmission lines and substations for transmission planning databases

  • Develop Engineering Programming Computer Language (EPCL) programs for computer simulation tools.

  • Review electrical single line and operational diagrams for development of future plans

  • Actively foster a safe working environment for self and for fellow employees. Look for and act to resolve any unsafe situations.

  • As required, actively participate in initiatives, workgroups, studies or industry forums that could impact the PG&E transmission system and support the inclusion of PG&E’s interests.

  • Represent PG&E transmission planning at internal and external meetings and provide technical guidance on transmission planning issues.

  • Participate in complex studies such as RAS design related studies.

  • Mentor Associate and Entry level planning engineers.



  • Possess a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering

  • 3 years of related work experience in electric power utility industry


  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering

  • Knowledge of power system theory and analysis

  • Knowledge of PG&E’s electric transmission system

  • Knowledge of NERC and WECC reliability standards

  • Experience in system operations, engineering, asset strategy, or system protection

  • Previous experience with GE PSLF Program or similar load flow program

  • Experience in programming languages such as Matlab, Python, VBA, EPCL

  • EIT/PE Certification, registered Electrical Engineer in California