Pacific Gas & Electric Company Control Systems Engineer - ESC (San Ramon) in San Ramon, California

Requisition ID # 13863

Job Category : Engineering / Science

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Gas Operations

Job Location : San Ramon


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 informationor any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

The Instrument, Controls & Electrical Group (ICE) is focused on ensuring the safe and reliable flow of natural gas to our customers. As a whole, ICE is responsible for all aspects of PG&E's Gas Transmission electrical designs and aspects of projects that require electrical engineering.

Position Summary

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

This is a journey-level engineering position. This position is responsible for providing controls engineering for routine projects, maintenance, and operation support including, but not limited to: RTU and PLC programming, HMI programming, field support of maintenance and construction personnel and commissioning, create design criteria, create sketches, and review drawings. This position works independently on routine assignments.

Job Responsibilities

Job duties

May perform all the functions of Associate Control Systems Engineer and in addition:

  • Mentor lower level engineers.

  • Assist in development of design standards and new tools.

  • Provide technical guidance for various codes interpretation and compliance.

  • Support department code compliance initiatives and Gas Standards.

  • Review the work of contract engineers.

  • Evaluate innovative and practical design solutions for the project with a focus on cost reductions, safety and reliability.

  • Program PLCs, RTUs and HMIs.

  • May act as a project engineer on controls-related projects.

  • Support maintenance and operations personnel with controls equipment.

  • Perform commissioning on more advanced facilities.

  • Participate in and provide feedback during job walk-downs.

  • Develop criteria and requirements for and witness FAT (factory acceptance tests) and bench testing.

  • Develop and provide engineering review and input on engineering designs, design reviews, perform complex calculations and engineering and construction documents (design criteria, control philosophy, specifications, construction drawings, O&MI, operating diagrams, P&IDs, startup procedures, etc.).

  • With appropriate training, may lead low complexity PHA’s and PSSR’s for assigned projects.


  • Resolves problems of moderate scope and complexity.

  • Assignments typically require standard solutions.

  • Under general direction, independently plans work to meet assigned objectives; progress is reviewed periodically for technical accuracy and adequacy in process and upon completion.


  • External contacts typically require coordinating with contractors and providing information to third parties.

  • Internal contacts include SCADA specialists, GC M&C, gas project engineering, project management, and maintenance and operations personnel.



  • A 4-year BS degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US.

  • Candidates with a BS degree from other engineering disciplines may be considered with three years of controls experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Current and active California Electrical PE license desired.


  • Takes ownership of problems and their solutions.

  • Knowledge of valve types (ball, plug, globe, gate, butterfly) and their characteristics and applications.

  • Knowledge of sensor types and their characteristics and applications.

  • Knowledge of control systems including PID control.

  • Knowledge of electricity and electronics.

  • Knowledge of codes and standards (API, IEEE, NEC, NFPA, ISA, AGA).

  • Knowledge of communication technologies including hardware architectures, addressing schemes, protocols and security considerations.

  • Knowledge of IEC 61131-3 programming languages (ladder, function block diagram, structured text) and the ability to program PLCs, RTUs and HMIs.

  • Knowledge of regulating and PLS stations and their auxiliary systems and controls.

  • Knowledge of hazardous areas and protection techniques for installing equipment in these areas.


  • Mastery of the associate level engineer job duties or equivalent and demonstrated knowledge and ability to perform the basic duties of the journey level engineer. Meets specific technical requirements gained through a minimum of three years of cumulative experience in engineering and design.