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Senior Failure Analysis Engineer

LocationSan Ramon, California;
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Requisition ID # 135400 

Job Category: Engineering / Science 

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Engineering

Job Location: San Ramon

Senior Failure Analysis Engineer, Applied Technology Services – San Ramon

Department Overview

PG&E’s Applied Technology Services (ATS) has been providing technology-based, innovative, high-value services to the company for over 40 years. ATS is a multidisciplinary team of over 120 engineers, scientists, and technicians. The ATS vision is to be a forward-thinking, technological leader providing high-value solutions and services needed across the Company. ATS high value services also help proactively avoid future problems by specifying equipment, materials and methods that are best practices in the industry.

ATS’s Materials Engineering & Failure Analysis group provides a range of services, which include failure analysis, material selection, and specification and procedure development.   

Facility description: ATS has a Metallurgical laboratory with an emphasis on Failure Analysis.  The laboratory is equipped with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), several light microscopes, image analysis system, micro-hardness testers, and a mechanical testing lab

Position Summary

A successful candidate will have demonstrated ability of independently leading failure analysis projects with previous experience in planning, executing, and reporting. A strong knowledge of metallurgy including understanding of variety material failure modes. Materials you will most likely encounter on the job are: Steels (pipes, valves, vessels), Aluminum (wire, fittings, connectors), Copper (wire, valves), and ceramics (insulators).  A suitable candidate will have experience using scientific methods and work experience analyzing test results including an in-depth knowledge of non-destructive (NDE), destructive examination techniques, and material/manufacturing processing techniques. A suitable candidate will have previous knowledge and experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, product specifications and other technical documents. An ideal candidate will be able to apply their expertise and scientific work methods to develop integrity and risk management applications for the organization.  This role will occasionally assist in miscellaneous engineering/test projects as necessary

Strong oral and written communication skills with a customer focus and a can-do attitude are required.

Successful candidates should be able to communicate with client, other failure analysis engineers, and metallurgical technicians to develop test plans with effective test results in a fast-paced environment. This job requires developing and promoting strong client relationships, having a can-do attitude and being sensitive to client issues. The right candidate will participate and actively contribute in a team environment of brainstorming, troubleshooting, and problem-solving efforts.

Travel requirement: 15-30% of the time, throughout the PG&E territory.


  • Safety: Demonstrate safe working practices at all times. Advocate focus on customer, general public and employee safety in all work practices.
  • Client Management: Consulting experience is a plus, excellent communication skills (oral and written) are essential. Successful candidates should work well with others and have a client focus. Job requires developing and promoting strong client relationships, having a can do attitude and being sensitive to client issues.
  • Job Management:  Plan and direct laboratory projects and administer outside contract work effectively. Experience with job development - including scope definition, schedule and cost estimates are crucial.
  • Written documentation of results, conformance with established practices for generating and archiving reports.  Adhere to sample logging and tracking procedures and comply with project tracking/management requirements.



  • Possess a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering or equivalent
  • 5 years of related experience in materials engineering, metallurgy, and failure analysis


  • Experience performing root cause analysis on component failure mechanisms is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to design and complex data analytics to identify unique trends and findings while ensure data quality
  • Experience with statistical analysis software’s (Minitab, etc.)
  • Design and conduct complex analysis to identify and remediate data quality or integrity issues and to identify and remediate process or control gaps
  • Able to p[resent complex data and technical information in a simple and easy to understand manner
  • Experience with technology evaluation and deployments.
  • Fully proficient with metallurgical laboratory assessment techniques (optical microscopy, high mag photography, metallography, scanning electron microscope evaluation of fracture surfaces, etc.)
  • Experience with managing projects including defining scope, creating a plan, and scheduling the work
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certifications
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, managing multiple tasks to achieve significant goals.
  • Outstanding communication, presentation and interpersonal skills working within all levels of the organization
  • Comfortable with computers: familiar with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with materials management (Sample log-in, tracking, and following internal procedures for chain of custody)
  • Experience working in the gas, electric or electric power generation industries

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