Grid Innovation Engineer
Requisition ID # 134403
Job Category: Engineering / Science
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Business Unit: Customer Care
Job Location: Oakland; Livermore; San Ramon
The Customer Energy Solutions (CES) organization provides integrated energy solutions designed to help customers save energy and money. CES delivers targeted energy management and rates products that address the specific needs of customers of varied sizes (large commercial and industrial enterprises, to residential customers) in diverse market segments across all energy technologies.
Within CES, the Clean Energy Transportation (CET) group is focused on accelerating the adoption of clean vehicles in California. We serve PG&E’s customers by deploying electric vehicle charging stations under several infrastructure programs. Since 2017, we have served 120+ customers with 4,500+ EV charging stations, provided EV rebates to 130,000 customers, and enrolled 61,000 customers in our EV rates.
Our team helps California meet its clean transportation goals and works to address one of the largest contributors to climate change. We do this by focusing on safety and quality, investing in our team’s success, solving problems, and striving to be better, working as an integrated team, and building trusted relationships. Our values are we collaborate, and we are intellectually curious. We are looking to collaborate with passionate, thoughtful people who want to make a real impact. Come join our team and help drive the transition to clean energy transportation.
The Grid Innovation Engineer will be responsible and accountable for all engineering, quality, and technology aspects of the EV charging station deployment pertaining for all CPUC approved EV programs, such as Fleet, DC Fast Charge, School and Park, EVIP, PG&E Fleet Electrification, etc. The position is responsible for, including but not limited to, reviewing, and approving project drawings produced by EPC contractors, partnering with material vendors to create standards for major equipment, etc. The candidate should have some practicable engineering knowledge in managing engineering contractors and in developing and applying new engineering technologies within the utility environment. The candidate assists to research and identify practical solutions to solve complex problems.
The Grid Innovation Engineer will become the Company’s internal EV technical expert and will keep abreast of latest technological advancement in the EV chargers both in hardware and software. The candidate should have some understanding of how the EV charging stations will impact the electric grid in distribution and transmission level and be able to create and apply innovative and cost-effective solutions to minimize the grid impact. The candidate provides technical advice to other organizations, such as Grid Integration & Innovation (GII), Customer Care, Distribution Planning, and Energy Procurement, on all EV-related activities. Partnering with other PG&E departments, the Grid Innovation Engineer assists to pilot new technologies under various venues, such as under EPIC program, ATS department, Metering department, etc. The Grid Innovation Engineer is also responsible for providing maintenance and operation supports to the EV chargers that are owned by PG&E under various programs.
This position is classified as a hybrid work type. The successful candidate should generally plan to work from the Oakland General Office 0-3 days per week, on average, and may be asked to occasionally work from other PG&E job sites, as business needs arise.
The Grid Innovation Engineer is responsible and accountable for engineering, quality, and technology activities related to EV infrastructure deployment. To include, but not limited to:
- Coordinates between all applicable parties (i.e., site hosts, EVSE providers, contractors, and internal PG&E departments) to respond to service requests, identify malfunctioning/damaged equipment, troubleshoot issues, and maintain our EV charging infrastructure.
- Attend project site walks to ensure our engineering contractor is performing and collecting all the necessary information for the design. (2 site walks per week on average).
- Review and accept the project design drawings (To the Meter & Behind the Meter) produced by engineering contractors.
- Review and approve site eligibility assessments from engineering contractors.
- Assist to develop, maintain, and continue improve the Behind the Meter drawing template used under various EV programs.
- Work with vendors and other departments to develop, qualify, and standardize major equipment that are being used in EV programs.
- Keep abreast of EV charger development in the industrials.
- Assist proof of concept with new technologies to facilitate grid integration within the EV space.
- Collaborates with others to identify, analyze, and improve existing business processes within CET to meet new goals and objectives.
- Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or equivalent work experience
- Demonstrated some knowledge in all aspects of engineering and design with a minimum of two (2) years of cumulative experience
- Passed Engineering-In-Training test
- Master’s Degree in Engineering and/or MBA Degree
- Knowledge of NEC codes, building codes, and ADA codes in the context of EV charger infrastructure deployment
- Knowledge of permitting implications under various Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
- Ability to work through complex technical issues with minimum supervision
- Knowledge in transmission and distribution grid integration plan and strategy
- Knowledge of renewable and emerging EV technology trends
- Knowledge of state and federal regulatory and policy trends
- Experience in managing engineering contractors
- Experience with the Salesforce platform
- Good communication and interpersonal skill to effectively work closely with Project Management and Construction teams