Building Technician

San Francisco, California
09 Oct 2016
20 Nov 2016
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time

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 Facility Management (FM) section within PG&E's Corporate Real Estate Strategy & Services (CRESS) department is responsible for asset management and maintenance of over 600 company buildings in a service territory that ranges from Shasta County in the North down to Kern County in the South. The FM teams involvement spans the entire real estate life cycle, from long term strategic planning, to project management, to daily operations, and finally to disposition of the assets. The CRE staff is supplemented by an alliance partner who assists with the asset management of PG&E's real estate.

Position Summary

This is a Journeyman position in a High Rise Complex which is primarily responsible for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment (HVAC) systems, which includes the performance of skilled work in diagnostic testing, repair, and maintenance. The successful candidate will conduct inspections and make necessary repairs to various structures and mechanical equipment as well as perform HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and various other mechanical repairs. The technician will perform journey level mechanical work in the installation, maintenance, repair, and operation of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment (HVAC-R) and related building systems. Work includes installation, operation and preventive and corrective maintenance of chillers, refrigeration units, condensers, evaporators, cooling towers, air handling units, variable air volume systems, exhaust systems, hot-water boilers, hot-water distribution systems, pumps, water heating units, heating coils, strip heaters, baseboard heaters, variable frequency drive units and electrical control circuits. Install, operate, repair and replace building automation control systems and all types of devices (electronic, electrical, mechanical and pneumatic). This position requires a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently under minimal supervision.



- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must possess a High School diploma, GED or equivalent work experience
- Must possess a valid California Driver's License or ability to obtain by day one of employment
- Required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time
- Ability to lift in excess of 50 lbs
- Demonstrated technical skills and experience with Microsoft Office products and programs
- Must complete PG&E/IBEW Building Maintenance Training within 180 days of hiring
- Must be able inspect machinery and buildings and detect emergency alarms, auditory and/or visual
- Internal PG&E employees: Must have qualified on the Physical Test Battery (PTB) exam prior to applying
- External and Hiring Hall candidates: Must qualify on the Physical Test Battery (PTB) exam prior to interviewing

- Minimum 4 year experience in HVAC, electrical, and/or plumbing trades
- Demonstrated understanding of the electrical and mechanical systems used in a data center environment, including: Feeders, Transformers, Generators, Switchgear, UPS systems, ATS/STS units, PDU/PMM units, Chillers, Air handling units and CRAC units.
- Demonstrated detailed operation of PLC
- Demonstrated understanding of commercial building codes and standards
- Understand basic building system design and operation, i.e., fire system, domestic water system, HVAC system and electrical distribution system.
- Ability to learn quickly and identify and resolve mechanical/electrical problems and address issues as they arise
- Ability to read and interpret mechanical and electrical schematics and drawings
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Military training a plus


- Perform and maintain, within the area of responsibility, an effective operation and general maintenance program with accurate, up-to-date records on the following, including, but not limited to HVAC, Mechanical Equipment Plant, Electrical, Plumbing, Systems, Furniture.
- Assist Facility Manager and Chief Engineer to ensure compliance with all City, State and Federal safety and environmental laws, codes, standards and regulations
- Ensure quality of work performed by outside vendors contracted to do work at the facility. Act without direction to ensure that standards are maintained. Review work of contractors' new and remodel construction for compliance to specifications and compatibility with existing HVAC systems
- Test/maintain emergency electrical equipment such as generators and battery operated lighting
- Repair switches and light fixtures; repair broken pipes, fix leaks, and clean blocked pipes; mount signs, pictures and other related items
- Purchase parts and supplies according to company policy as directed by the Facility Manager or Chief Engineer
- Make adjustments and changes to HVAC and related equipment to maintain established comfort zones as directed by the Chief Engineer
- Perform preventative maintenance program duties including record keeping
- Assume additional responsibilities and authority as delegated by the Facility Manager or Chief Engineer
- Analyze, repair, and perform preventive maintenance on all HVAC installations, fire and boiler alarm and surveillance control systems (high and low pressure)
- Maintain and repair motors, pumps, controls, compressors, auxiliary heating and cooling systems, and related devices
- Maintain air distribution and balance systems and heat exchange equipment
- Add chemicals and analyze water treatment for chill water and heating systems
- Install/inspect thermostats, and electrical wiring of furnaces, unit heaters, and cooling units