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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Requisition ID # 15171 

Job Category : Engineering / Science 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric 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 informationor any other factor that is not related to the job.


Department Overview


Applied Technology Services (ATS) is an internal service organization that provides high quality technical services and expertise on an as-needed basis to all business lines at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), including the Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP). Based at PG&E’s San Ramon Technology Center, ATS is a multi-disciplinary team of approximately 120 engineers and technical personnel who perform work in the ATS San Ramon offices and laboratories, and in the field.


ATS Civil and Mechanical Engineering Services (CMES) provide inspection, testing, and engineering services to support the PG&E system. CMES work includes performing plant condition and performance assessments, state of the art predictive maintenance applications, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) modeling of power plant components, Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling and laboratory stress-strain measurements and analysis.  CMES engineers and technicians have extensive experience providing testing support for PG&E hydro powerhouse startup and commissioning activities.  Additionally CMES provides acoustic and vibration analysis on a wide range of applications.


Position Summary


This Senior Mechanical Engineer position is focused on safely leading tests and completing analysis of equipment and components across the PG&E system. Systems include, but are not limited to, all types of rotating machinery (turbine-generators, compressors and pumps), governors and control systems, mechanical and electrical relays, hydro power plants and associated systems, pipelines, substation, transmission and distribution equipment.  This position combines testing and data analysis expertise to deliver practical solutions to complex issues for a wide variety of internal clients.  Services include plant condition assessment and predictive maintenance testing, failure analysis, performance assessments, and numerical modelling.  Candidates should possess the necessary skills to assess and understand the business needs of clients. Safety is PG&E’s highest priority and candidates will need to demonstrate behaviors that support this commitment


Job Responsibilities


  • Partners with senior peers and leadership to prepare estimates for client bid proposals
  • Completes assignments of broad scope and complexity with few precedents or standards requiring integration of information from a variety of sources.  Performs lead role in determining scope, schedule, budget and resources needed
  • Provides some coaching and oversight to lower level peers. Reviews test designs of lower level peers to determine applicability, feasibility and if objectives of project will be obtained
  • May assist higher level peers on the most complex and innovative tests
  • Expands knowledge in other areas of specialty or discipline, developing breadth or further develops expertise and specialization on one area
  • Collaborates with peers to prepare technical reports and specifications and to identify, define, and solve problems
  • Completes multiple projects concurrently.  Develops test protocols, models, technologies and analyzes data.  Evaluates performance of parts, assemblies or systems under simulated or actual operating conditions, and records results. Compiles project test results and prepares presentations and recommendations for client and/or ATS leadership
  • Modifies electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, and systems to correct functional deviations. Continually identifies testing or process improvements
  • Identifies innovations and cost-reduction potential of new and existing technologies
  • Determines customer expectations and ensures project deliverables meet customer satisfaction objective
  • Mix of independent work environment and small team environment (i.e., 2-7 members) with team leader responsibilities
  • Office and field environment that requires walking, lifting up to 50 pounds, infrequent climbing and possible exposure to adverse weather and noise
  • Overnight travel of up to 50%
  • Weekends and holidays, as needed





  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • 5 years of related experience
  • Valid CA state driver’s license or ability to obtain by 1st day of hire




  • Power generation (fossil or hydro) experience
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California
  • Demonstrated experience in plant engineering testing concepts and methods
  • Experience in the application of predictive maintenance to include vibration monitoring, lube oil analysis, generator partial discharge and motor diagnostics
  • Excellent leadership and project management skills
  • Understanding of quality assurance concepts and practices
  • Experience with test instrumentation application and usage
  • Strong investigative and analytical problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated communication, presentation and teamwork skills
  • General understanding of other engineering disciplines
  • Master’s degree
  • Good customer service orientation

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