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Electrical Technician - General Construction

LocationSan Jose, California;
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Requisition ID # 153913 

Job Category: Maintenance / Construction / Operations 

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Engineering

Work Type: Onsite

Job Location: San Jose; Bakersfield

Department Overview

The Substation Maintenance and Construction Team is an integral part of our Energy Delivery organization. They are responsible for safely and reliably maintaining and constructing our high voltage substations throughout the PG&E service territory of northern and central California.

Position Summary

This job posting will be utilized to fill open journey-level Electrical Technician positions within the Bay Area and Southern Region of our service territory.

This is an IBEW Local 1245 represented classification, which has over 100 years of experience representing employees at PG&E.  This job is subject to collective bargaining.

Relay Protection Electrical Technician is expected to be proficient in the calibration, installation, maintenance, and operation of the following: protective relays and associated equipment which will ensure the efficient, safe, reliable, and NERC Reliability Standards compliant operation of PG&E generating plants and transmission networks. Responsible for performing work involving an extremely high degree of complexity, including troubleshooting, repairing, overhauling, calibrating, and maintaining components of protective relay systems (microprocessor and electro-mechanical); substation and electric utility protection systems; station automation and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

The individual will work near energized and rotating equipment and be exposed to loud noises and vibrations.  This job requires the individual to comprehend various types of equipment labels, safety signs, learn and apply technical materials and complete daily logs. 

Work is predominantly outdoors and in all weather conditions. The individual must be able to drive safely, work extended hours; travel/transfer to new headquarter upon request at any time, and wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment.

PG&E is providing the hourly rate that the company in good faith believes it might pay for this position at the time of the job posting. This position is subject to collectively bargained hourly wage rates and increases. The starting wage rate for this position is $82.53 per hour.  This wage rate is specific to the locality of the job. The wage rate is 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 may be subject to Joint Apprentice Training Committee (JATC) review and approval. Provisional hires will be required to participate in targeted training to achieve journey-level knowledge of electrical technician roles and responsibilities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lift, carry, and install various tools, parts and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds on mountainous terrain, dams, canals, stairways and ladders
  • Maneuver frequently on stairs and ladders, over rock, gravel, concrete, metal grating, scaffolding and wood; which may include narrow and uneven surfaces; possibility of ice, oil, and/or water on surfaces
  • Work on ladders and other elevated structures with the use of Personal Protection Equipment
  • Operate a company vehicle
  • Pack and move from ground, trucks or platforms, equipment, power/hand tools and other materials
  • Ability to work with other technicians on testing and installing equipment
  • Recording and filing of test results
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work safely as defined by PG&E’s safety standards and procedures



  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must possess a High School diploma, GED or equivalent work experience
  • Must possess a valid California Driver's License or ability to obtain on 1st day of hire
  • Ability to work in all types of weather extremes
  • Ability to drive safely in all weather and road conditions
  • Ability to work extended hours, nights, weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Must be able to lift 100 pounds a minimum of one time a day
  • 3 year experience testing protective relay equipment in a power station or high voltage substation or electrical technician specific training and education


  • A four year degree in Electrical Engineering OR a two year Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and two years of experience in relay and control
  • Previous Journeyman Electrical Technician experience with two or more years of experience in relay and control.
  • High voltage electrical experience
  • Ability to navigate and read information in MS Word and MS Excel
  • Previous military experience in Power Production

Pre-Employment Testing

PG&E Employees: You must have qualified on all prerequisite tests prior to submitting an application, and all secondary tests prior to interviewing. For more information on prerequisite and secondary exams, including study guides, please visit the Pre-employment testing program website.

  • Apprentice Electrical Technician (ETT)
  • Physical Test Battery
  • Work Orientation Inventory-Physical/Technical Driving

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