Bathymetric Technician II

San Ramon, California
14 Sep 2016
07 Dec 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 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 position is both a field and office position. You will work under the direction of a team lead. The primary focus of the team is performing bathymetric, hydrographic, and depth of utility projects both major/minor in size. You may also be responsible for performing minor maintenance of field equipment and survey vessels.

You should have a minimum 2 years hydrographic or land surveying experience; with an emphasis on Multibeam Echo Sounder and GPS survey techniques, and experience with hydrographic data acquisition and processing software. Familiarity with CADD, GIS and Microsoft Excel and word along with strong oral and written communication skills with a customer focus and a can do attitude are required. Overnight travel up to 20% of the time, throughout the PG&E territory.

This position is an ESC Union Position. You will be required to be a member of or join the ESC

Bathymetric equipment includes multibeam echo sounders, singlebeam echo sounders, side scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, GPS survey instruments, utility locating equipment, and small boats.


•Associate Degree in Hydrographic Science, or related field •2 years of related experience in hydrographic or related field
•Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word

•Bachelor's Degree in Hydrographic Science, or related field
•Experience with AutoCad Civil 3D, GIS, or Bentley InRoads/Microstation


•Safety: Demonstrate safe working practices at all times. Advocate focus on customer, general public and employee safety in all work practices.
•Communication: excellent communication skills (oral and written) are essential. Successful candidates should work well with others and have a client focus. Job requires developing and promoting strong client relationships, having a can do attitude and being sensitive to client issues.
•Technical Acquisition of Field Data: The successful candidate should possess a technical ability to use computers and highly specialized bathymetric surveying equipment.

Under the supervision of a team lead, duties may include:
•Performing routine work as a member of a bathymetric team; which includes making precise bathymetric and depth of utility measurements using conventional and state of the art surveying instruments; making and interpreting survey calculations; researching, analyzing, checking, and adjusting bathymetric and depth of utility survey data. Maybe required to operate small survey
vessels. Experience with Trimble Data Collectors and Access, survey grade GPS systems and depth of utility survey equipment desired.
•Preparing CADD drawings and maps from field data, field notes, and office data required. Prepare plan and profile CADD drawings, depth contours, or other special drawings required. Experience with Trimble Business Center, AutoCad Civil 3D, Bentley InRoads and Microstation, HYPACK or other bathymetric surveying software desired. •Ability to perform complex mathematical computations and be able to check calculations of others. Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word required.
•Field work is often performed from boats in size from 10-30 feet in size. Ability to work from survey vessels of this size required. Knowledge in marine environments and boating skills desired.