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Power Generation Project Engineer (ESC) - Civil (Auburn)

I'm Interested Date posted 09/16/2020

Requisition ID # 64482 

Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Power Generation

Job Location : Auburn

Department Overview

PG&E’s Power Generation Department manages and operates one of the largest privately-owned hydroelectric systems in the nation. These renewable electric generation resources, located mostly at high elevation in California’s  Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade mountain ranges, include 67 powerhouses, 184 miles of canals, 41 miles of flumes, 135 miles of tunnels, 19 miles of penstocks, 98 reservoirs, and 142,000 acres of watershed lands all covered by 25 operating licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Position Summary

This is a journey-level Project Engineer position in PG&E’s hydro dam safety program south group. The job requires mastery of the Associate level Project Engineer skills and job duties and includes responsibility for supporting PG&E’s hydro facilities safety program to ensure public and employee safety and meet regulatory compliance requirements. Duties include surveillance and monitoring of water storage and conveyance infrastructure, conducting inspections and condition assessments, performing technical studies and engineering analyses, supporting design and construction of civil projects, and managing hydro assets for long-term safety and reliable operation. The successful candidate will lead and manage (as assigned) facilities safety programs and initiatives and provide technical support to O&M staff for a wide range of moderately complex issues and power generation and infrastructure facilities.

The position requires recognition as a professionally licensed engineer; comprehensive knowledge of engineering principles and their application to dams, spillways, canals, tunnels, flumes, penstocks, and other hydraulic conveyance and control structures; an understanding of the power generation or heavy industry; proficiency in applying sound engineering and project management principles; a working knowledge of industry practices, standards, and equipment; ability to develop and implement all aspects of multiple assigned projects and initiatives; use of independent judgment; enhanced verbal and written communication skills; and ability to work with minimal supervision. Job duties will vary by assignment. Responsibilities may include Privileged and Confidential work.


Minimum Qualifications

-A 4-year BS Degree in Engineering from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US

-Current and active California PE license

-Mastery of the Associate level Project Engineer job duties and demonstrated leadership, knowledge, and ability to perform the job duties of the Journey level Project Engineer. Meets specific technical requirements gained through a minimum of three years of cumulative experience in project engineering, design, and construction.

-Valid California driver’s license, or ability to obtain one by day 1 of hire

Desired Qualifications

-A 4-year BS Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US

-MS Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or MBA

-Project Management Certification  

-Demonstrates knowledge and abilities required for the Associate-level Project Engineer position and also:

  • Demonstrates experience with analysis of dam performance, including seepage, stability, seismic response, flood hydrology, and hydraulics
  • Experience with dam safety surveillance, inspection, monitoring, and instrumentation
  • Experience with potential failure modes analysis, risk assessment and mitigation, and probabilistic methods
  • Experience in analysis, design, and assessment of penstocks and other water conveyance facilities (canals and tunnels), including dynamic/transient loading, non-destructive examination, and fracture mechanics
  • Able to stamp and/or certify engineering drawings and documents.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of engineering and project management concepts, principles, practices, and design requirements for generation assets
  • Ability to develop moderately complex designs, scopes, and implementation plans; and provide in-depth investigation and analytical support for engineering projects.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the power generation industry including understanding of design, construction, and/or operation of dams and water conveyance systems and experience interpreting applicable codes, standards, regulations, and practices.
  • Demonstrates informed judgment when making decisions and recommendations and applying technical and business judgment in applying engineering and project management principles and techniques to determine cost effective and practical solutions. 
  • Track record of building consensus and successfully persuading others to act on agreements reached; able to build upon foundation of technical and business knowledge to shape the opinions of others.
  • Able to provide clear and effective technical direction and guidance to less experienced engineers, project managers, drafters, and analysts, and to provide training to these and other groups as needed.
  • Able to independently provide technical and/or oversight and direction to consultants, suppliers, and construction firms to meet project needs; understands contracting principles and options; able to effectively manage contracts and to negotiate and resolve contract disputes favorably.
  • Track record of taking ownership of problems and their solutions.
  • Able to identify gaps between current business practices and stated objectives and provide recommendations for process improvements to address gaps.
  • Track record of working with senior engineers and project managers to further his or her own professional development.
  • Understands PG&E’s financial and business policies and practices, and provides guidance and oversight to incorporate into day-to-day activities.
  • Proactively evolves engineering and project management skills and knowledge through industry associations and conferences, technical workshops, trade publications, and additional formal education.


    Performs functions of Associate level Project Engineer, but for more complex and higher profile projects. Jobs duties will vary by assignment and may include, but are not limited to:
  • Collects and evaluates data, conducting assessments and technical studies, performing engineering analyses, preparing reports, and developing recommendations to support the safe and reliable performance of PG&E's dams and appurtenant facilities
  • Leads and supports teams of engineers, consultants, contract technical personnel, and support staff
  • Provides guidance and technical support for inspections, condition assessments, engineering analyses and designs, best practices, code and regulatory compliance, asset management programs, project execution, quality assurance, and operation and maintenance of dams and associated water conveyance facilities
  • Manages facilities safety programs and initiatives (e.g., surveillance and monitoring, seismic hazard, risk assessment and mitigation, and equipment-specific asset management programs)
  • Oversees technical studies and projects involving PG&E’s dams and water conveyance facilities
  • Reviews and approves engineering calculations, designs, and other work products
  • Prepares and reviews regulatory correspondence related to PG&E's dam and facilities safety programs
  • Provides technical support to O&M as needed including incident investigation and development of corrective actions.
  • Proactively controls scope, schedule, cost, and quality of designs and projects throughout project life cycle; including coordinating related activities of all project internal and external stakeholders.
  • Performs and/or reviews engineering analyses and studies, detailed scope, viable alternatives, conceptual designs, and recommended fixes to ensure safe/reliable operation of generation assets.
  • Collaboratively supports supervisors and Project Managers, solicits, prepares, and evaluates contracts and proposals, and reviews consultant contracts for technical compliance.
  • Interprets and applies applicable codes and regulations.
  • Approves and stamps technical reports, specifications, new drawings, and revisions to existing drawings for projects.
  • Works with supervisors and others to represent PG&E to internal and external organizations as required
  • Identifies gaps between current business practices and stated objectives and provides recommendations for process improvements to address gaps.
  • Manages multiple issues and projects and resolves problems of moderate scope. Supports more experienced engineers and project managers on more complex and larger projects. Assignments can require standard solutions, as well as innovative approaches. Under limited 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 primarily include directing project-related work and contract administration with contractors and vendors; and providing information, conducting limited discussions, and obtaining approvals from regulatory agencies. Internal contacts are primarily with Power Gen personnel, including O&M clients and project team members, and PG&E internal services organizations and typically include directing project-related work, discussing and reporting progress, exchanging and coordinating information, managing meetings and providing appropriate documentation. May partner with internal or external stakeholders to solve problems or explore alternative solutions.
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