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Associate Protection Engineer (ESC) - West Sacramento

Requisition ID # 14498 

Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Job Location : West Sacramento



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 informationor any other factor that is not related to the job.


Department Overview

The men and women of Electric Operations ensure the delivery of safe and reliable electric service to our customers. Electric Operations is responsible for every aspect of PG&E's electric distribution and transmission operations, including planning, system protection engineering, maintenance and construction, asset management, business planning, restoration and emergency response.

System Protection Engineering provides:

  • Project and Maintenance &Operations support, specify design, requirements and testing procedures.
  • Review and analysis of power system disturbance and operations.
  • Technical consultation and training for System Operation and Planning issues.
  • Equipment evaluation, approval and standard development.


Position Summary

In this role as an entry level Associate Protection Engineer, you will provide support to projects, protection studies and perform protection job duties for transmission voltages 230 kV and below under direction of a more experience Protection Engineer or Protection Engineer Supervisor.


This position trains in all job duties in its respective discipline and requires a high level of training, direction and review of work. This job is responsible for providing technical protection engineering for routine projects and maintenance/operation support including but not limited to: issuing protection requirements, relay and automatics settings, processing clearances, and investigating relay operations.


Emphasis is placed on mastering power system modeling, databases, Distribution transformer protection, and non-pilot transmission line coordination.


This position is represented by Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) and is subject to collective bargaining.


Job Responsibilities

  • Provide protection engineering support for projects and studies. The engineer may perform the following job duties for transmission voltages 230 kV and below:
  • Issue protection requirements and prepare description of operations for non-standard and localized SPS schemes
  • Conduct short circuit studies, calculate short circuit line impedance
  • Determine and issue relay and automatics settings
  • Support relay system installations, such as review test program, end-to-end test, load check, direction check, relay release, etc.
  • Conduct area coordination studies
  • Participate in project walkdown and project meetings
  • Provide construction drawing reviews
  • Update and maintain records, such as Aspen relay data base, transformer data sheet, short circuit base case, hard copy files, and automatics data base, job files, port assignment sheets, breaker files, etc.
  • Review and approve new tools and training prior to rollout
  • Design and set localized SPS schemes based on Operation Engineering requirements
  • Identify existing protection deficiencies
  • The engineer at this level is also assigned to provide normal and emergency maintenance and operation support. The engineer may perform, but not limited to, the following tasks:
  • Provide fault location
  • Investigate questionable relay operations, perform remote event retrieval and implement corrective actions
  • Process clearance request and provide specific protection setup
  • Assist technicians, operators for routine maintenance and operation work
  • Specific Duties for Transmission Group:
  • Provide project and routine M&O support to Hydro generation
  • Manage digital fault recorders and perform event retrieval
  • Conduct FERC generation interconnection studies and third party load interconnections


To implement various aspects of the above job requirements, the candidate will work with internal engineering, operations, substation construction and maintenance organizations. May attend meetings representing the group, to meet job duties. External contacts are occasional and limited to simple issues.




  • 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US



  • Current and active California EIT Certificate

  • 1-2 years’ experience in engineering

  • Able to apply basic engineering principles and theory

  • Basic understanding of symmetrical component theory and ability to perform fault calculations

  • Basic knowledge of logic gate theory and control circuitry

  • Effectively communicates both written and orally

  • Approaches and plans work in an organized manner to meet project commitments

  • Able to read and understand Operating, Single line, SLM&R, and Schematic diagrams

  • Ability to quickly learn protection concepts and their application



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