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Mechanical Engineer, In-Line Inspection (ILI)

Requisition ID # 13421 


Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Gas Operations

Job Location : San Ramon





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

Gas Operations is focused on ensuring the safe and reliable flow of natural gas to our customers. As a whole, Gas Operations is responsible for all aspects of PG&E's gas distribution and transmission operations, including planning, engineering, maintenance and construction, restoration and emergency response.


The vision of Public Safety and Asset Integrity is to:


  • Improve pipeline safety and system reliability with a goal of zero safety incidents.
  • Promote a safety culture throughout all levels of the organization with an emphasis on improving learning from the past and anticipating the future.
  • Apply integrity management principles on a system-wide basis while engaging our stakeholders from local communities we operate in to our regulators so they can understand and participate in reducing our risk.
  • Support the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the transmission and distribution pipeline systems through the proactive use of asset knowledge, threat identification and analytical tools to increase operational efficiency, improve system integrity and minimize safety risk to employees and the communities we operate in.


The Transmission Integrity Management Group is responsible for assessing the integrity of the gas transmission system, facilitating repairs when necessary, and developing and implementing strategic mitigation plans for all gas assets.



Position Summary

This Gas Engineer position will work with the In-Line Inspection (ILI) engineering team to manage and implement the ILI Program for gas transmission pipelines system-wide. This position is located within the Transmission Integrity Management Program, which is responsible for maintaining and operating 6,700 miles of gas transmission pipelines throughout northern and central California. Pipeline safety regulations mandate the company to inspect all gas transmission pipelines located in High Consequence Areas. This position will focus on planning and facilitating successful completion of inspection runs, reviewing the ILI data, selecting locations to examine pipelines based upon ILI data, assisting with technically sound repair decisions, and developing mitigation items based upon ILI results. This position will report to the Supervising Gas Engineer of ILI.


Job Responsibilities

ILI Planning and Field Support

  • Responsible for planning and implementing the cleaning and inspection runs including engineering of launcher/receiver piping and filtration equipment, selection of ILI tools and vendors, and development of hydraulic strategies to support successful inspections.


ILI Data Evaluation

  • Perform detailed evaluation of all ILI data provided by the vendor. Recommend locations to excavate for calibration/verification of ILI data quality and provide field support during this work, including mapping of corrosion, evaluation of repair methods and performing remaining pipe strength calculations. Perform root cause analysis as required on pipeline defects and develop mitigation items to prevent future reoccurrences.


Communication and Documentation

  • Document all aspects and of ILI projects and ensure critical data is shared among other groups like Risk Management, Corrosion Engineering, and Pipeline Engineering. Communicate results of ILI assessments to both internal and external stakeholders.


Contributing to the ILI Program

  • Provide ongoing feedback and recommendations regarding the development of the ILI program and how planning and implementation can be improved on future projects. It is critical that both technical and managerial lessons learned on each project be integrated into the overall program in order to allow the company to continually improve both the ILI program and Pipeline Integrity Management in general.




  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering-Mechanical or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Experience in transmission operations, 3 years



  • Experience related to natural gas utilities, In-Line Inspection, Pipeline Design, and/or Integrity Management
  • Knowledge of 49 CFR 192
  • Knowledge of natural gas operations or gas system planning
  • EIT or PE license
  • Understanding of Pipeline Hazardous Materials & Safety Administration (PHMSA) and California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) codes and regulations an
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to balance a diverse portfolio of projects and tasks occurring simultaneously
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, including both the office and field


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