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Power Generation Senior Consulting Project Engineer (ESC) - Mechanical

PG&E Auburn, CA
  • Posted: June 02, 2019
  • Full-Time

Requisition ID # 18090 


Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Power Generation

Job Location : Auburn; Rocklin; Roseville; Sacramento; San Francisco; San Francisco




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 information or any other factor that is not related to the job.



Department Overview

Power Generation maintains and operates PG&E's hydroelectric, fossil and renewable generation facilities, providing more than 4,000 megawatts of generating capacity for our customers. We are an organization of nearly 700 men and women dedicated to deliver safe, reliable and cost-effective generation to California in an environmentally responsible manner.  As an integral and active member of the company team, Power Generation contributes to PG&E's goal of becoming the leading utility in the United States.


Job Summary

This is a senior consulting-level project engineer job that requires mastery of the senior project engineer duties and is routinely requested by management to lead/consult and implement, as assigned, engineering, maintenance and/or operational solutions for the most complex and high-risk exposure business endeavors, very large capital and expense improvements to power generation facilities, and/or high-profile projects. The Senior Consulting Project Engineer is a widely recognized generation expert within the company and with external partners and stakeholders; is requested to apply expert judgment and extensive knowledge of the generation industry to research and develop new/unique solutions; develops and applies extensive risk management and programmatic approaches for high risk and/or system-wide issues; and/or applies extensive technical knowledge and negotiation skills to resolve complex challenges; and/or negotiates and resolves broad or complex technical issues. They are routinely requested by management to apply their extensive generation expertise to develop strategic and tactical solutions for the most complex business endeavors, including on projects they don't otherwise manage, and at a programmatic level. Provides extensive leadership, coaching and development of less experienced engineers. Provides high-level technical briefings, advice, and recommendations to upper management. Responsibilities may include Privileged and Confidential work.


Job Responsibilities

Performs the functions of Journey and Senior level Project Engineer but for more complex, larger budget, higher risk exposure, and higher profile projects. Jobs duties include, but are not limited to:

Applies extensive generation expertise to develop strategic and tactical strategies and solutions for the most complex business endeavors.

Consults on multiple large highly complex engineering, construction projects, programs, outages, and contracts.

Develops and applies extensive risk management and programmatic approaches for high risk, high visibility, and/or system-wide issues and is responsible for developing appropriate solutions to technical problems.

Acts as a company witness, liaison, and/or information provider on complex issues to outside parties; presents clear, concise, and well-reasoned positions for desired ideas and proposals.

Collaboratively resolves broad or complex settlement agreements with multiple external parties involving high value, highly contentious, or critical projects.

Represents PG&E at external industry associations, committees, trade organizations and other inter-utility groups.

Researches and develops innovative solutions to solve challenging technical issues.

Performs complex and advanced engineering system modeling, analyses, studies, and supports development of conceptual designs.

Provides expert technical support in incident investigations and root cause analysis and makes recommendations to address local and system-wide problems.

Provides high-level technical briefings, advice, and recommendations to upper management.

Develops technical policies, procedures, and leads the development and revision of standards, specifications, construction documents, and guidelines.

Interprets, clarifies, and educates others in applicable industry and Company standards.

Provides expert knowledge and guidance to others in design reviews, start-up testing, inspections, and condition assessment; actively supports complex and/or large project start-up tests and field inspections.

Develops and nurtures constructive relationships with internal and external individuals and teams.


Regularly expected to apply creativity or new approaches to assignments that may be unique. Regularly takes a leadership role on technically complex projects. Customarily and regularly uses discretion and independent judgment in fulfilling these job functions. Regularly supports Directors, Managers, Principals, and Supervising engineers on programmatic solutions, process improvements, and contracting strategies.


Externally, establishes and maintains good relations with counterparts and higher-level representatives in technical organizations, and other generation asset owners. Internal contacts are primarily with Power Generation personnel, PG&E internal services organization, and company management at the officer, director and manager level. May serve as the most senior level technical expert on a team. May partner with internal or external stakeholders to solve problems or explore alternative solutions. 


Must meet qualifications for Senior Project Engineer.




  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Experience in engineering, design, construction or regulatory project management, 20 years, including generation or heavy industry project engineering and management, 15 years.
  • PE-Professional Engineer license, California



  • PMP Project Management Professional certification
  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Masters Degree in Engineering or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Competency in applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization goals
  • Competency in developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences in resolving technical issues.
  • Competency in making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward
  • Competency in developing people to meet both their career goals and the organization goals
  • Competency in providing direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done
  • Competency in consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
  • Competency in holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Competency in relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people
  • Competency in making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems
  • Competency in kno



Auburn, CA
95602 USA

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