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Senior Automation Engineer

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)

San Ramon, California 94583
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Job Details

Company: Pacific Gas And Electric Company

Requisition ID # 12422 


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 information or 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, engineering, maintenance and construction, asset management, business planning, restoration and emergency response.


Position Summary

This is a senior automation engineer position that requires executing routine system automation functional duties with minimal assistance. This job is responsible for providing technical system automation engineering for routine projects and maintenance/operation support including, but not limited to: issuing automation requirements, remote terminal unit (RTU) programming, and configure peripheral boards (DNP-C), regulator controllers, meters, as well as investigating automation equipment failures within the substations.

The senior-level position is required to have abilities to train and mentor junior engineers, communicate technical details to management and peers, and work effectively with other disciplines. It is also essential to remain current in industry standards and practices while implementing them within PG&E standards and systems through ongoing training, professional conferences and seminars.

The senior-level position needs to have a mastery of the various SCADA architectures used in PG&E, and helps to develop future architectures and technologies.


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


Job Responsibilities

  • Coaches, directs, and assists technical employees and teams, and may act as team leader.
  • Performs analysis and makes recommendations to address local and system-wide automation problems and improvements.
  • Performs automation work on large and complex projects.
  • Provides project scope guidance and approval in order to effectively implement the project goal.
  • Provides technical leadership and expertise to cross-functional teams and management.
  • Reviews and comments on new design standards and automation architectures.
  • Identifies and resolves standards deficiencies and recommends standards upgrades.
  • Updates various standards for automation equipment and architectures.
  • Guides and mentors less-experienced automation engineers.




  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering-Electrical or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Experience in system automation, 8 years
  • Competency in making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems
  • Competency in planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals
  • Knowledge of database and information systems - for example SCADA, EMS, OMT, OIS, SAP, ERP, COSO, Teradata, COBIT, QuestionMark - as needed to perform at the job level
  • Knowledge of test and field equipment sufficient to set-up, use, and maintain as needed to perform at the job level
  • Knowledge of information security laws, concepts, strategies, computer networking, and cyber security - including topologies, protocol, equipment - as needed to perform at the job level
  • Ability to apply project management theories, concepts, methods, best practices, and techniques as needed to perform at the job level
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology, which includes applying principles, techniques, and procedures to the design and production of technology based equipment and systems, as needed to perform at the job level



  • Current and active California PE license
  • Basic knowledge of DNP protocol
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a substation environment, walking on uneven and unpaved surfaces
  • Experience using the internet for research
  • Intermediate knowledge using GE Harris RTU hardware and Config Pro Software