Senior Design Engineer, Nuclear (ESC) - Avila Beach, CA

Avila Beach, California
06 May 2016
09 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

Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) safely and reliably produces electricity that is environmentally responsible and cost effective for our customers and shareholders. DCPP's mission is to be the leading nuclear power plant in the country and to: Inspire and positively influence the industry through our safe, reliable, and excellent operational performance. Embrace new ideas to continuously improve our plant and our work environment. Proactively learn from ourselves and others. Enrich our communities and the environment, increasing the public's trust and confidence in nuclear power.

Position Summary

The Senior Electrical Engineer will be responsible for providing technical support for the design, maintenance, testing and operations of plant Electrical systems. The engineer would have acquired extensive knowledge of concepts, principles and practices, and work independently with only general direction. This senior engineer will provide technical direction to engineers and complete assignments that require integration with other departments and are of broad scope and complexity. The most qualified candidates for this position shall have extensive design electrical / I&C technical background, demonstrated track record of leading multi-discipline technical projects and effective interpersonal skills.

This position is an ESC represented exempt classification currently subject to collective bargaining.

To obtain and maintain employment and unescorted access at DCPP, you must be able to pass a drug and alcohol screen, a security background check, psychological screen, computer-based training, and be subject to random drug and alcohol screening.

Position requires qualifying and maintaining a radiological worker qualification
You must be able to travel 10-15% of the year with overnight stays up to a week at a time.


• 8 years of experience in electrical engineering (design, systems, or component)
• 4-year BS Degree in Electrical Engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited curriculum in the US.
• Professional Engineering registration in the state of California.
• Demonstrated experience in commercial nuclear power plant electrical design engineering.
• Demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience of Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) Safety System equipment.
• Working knowledge of statistical evaluation techniques.
• Working knowledge of SAP software.
• Experience in NFPA805 and/or Appendix R circuit analysis.
• Experience in design of nuclear power station DC systems and battery sizing analysis.
• Demonstrated ability to make timely and accurate decisions and recommendations.


• Apply extensive knowledge of concepts, principles and practices in a specific discipline, field or area of expertise to resolve complex problems.
• Work independently with only general direction.
• Ensure that all designs meet applicable codes and standards.
• Provide technical direction to associate and journey employees.
• Complete assignments of broad scope and complexity with few precedents or standards.
• Complete assignments that require integration of information from a variety of sources.
• Lead large, complex (multi-discipline, multi-group) technical projects for DCPP.
• Provide support to other departments in technical and engineering areas.
• Act as a mentor for journey or associate engineers.
• May lead troubleshooting or problem resolution teams.
• Provide technical expertise and perform engineering and technical analyses, studies, and develop conceptual solutions.
• Develop and review design documents and design changes to ensure plant design basis is maintained.
• Present findings and conclusions to internal organizations, contractors, outside vendors, regulators and management.
• Prepare written technical documents such as design criteria, specifications, calculations and reports.
• Develop, evaluate, and recommend alternative solutions.
• Support and conduct training activities.
• Interpret and apply applicable codes and regulations.
• Perform cause evaluations.
• Perform independent technical review of procedures.
• Participate in self-assessments, benchmarking, audits, and inspections.
• Approve reports, new drawings, and revisions to existing drawings for projects.
• Represent PG&E to government bodies as required for assigned projects and programs.
• Identify, develop, and present long term equipment plans, including budget, priority, solution and need.
• Perform independent reviews of technical documents, calculations and procedures.
• May lead scope or multi discipline projects within engineering.
• May act as contract manager for limited scope engineering projects.
• Take ownership of problems and their solutions.
• Evaluate industry guidelines and information with respect to programs and procedures.
• Initiate and route contract related documents for approval.
• May act as test lead for infrequently performed or new test procedures.
• Possess sufficient understanding of design basis, plant operations, components, systems as required to perform the above.
• May be required to respond to plant support callout.
• May participate in an assigned Emergency Response Organization (ERO) position (may be part of an on-call duty team)