Senior Sourcing Quality Inspection Engineer, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, California
11 Jan 2017
05 Feb 2017
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 wedeliver 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 knowthat 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 theirquality 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 employerthat 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, protectedveteran 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 Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) departmentassures purchased material meets all engineering requirements, that the supplier manufacturing process is capable to produce a safe, reliable, and affordable product that meets or exceeds our customer's expectations. SQA addresses current part quality issues,continuous improvement, qualifies the supplier sites to an ISO9001 standard and their manufacturing processes. The group carries out receiving inspection for distribution equipment and source inspection for transmission equipment.

Position Summary

Youwill be responsible for performing source inspections, plant surveys, and surveillance inspections at supplier plants for gas and electrical equipment. The position interfaces with suppliers, supplier quality engineering and Codes & Standards departments. Thisposition will support Gas or Electric lines of business.

You must be able to travel a maximum of 75% of the time to PG&E inspection sites and supplier facilities. This may include overnight stays.


- 5 yearsof work experience in estimating, in developing specifications for material codes, in a manufacturing environment, and/or within the PG&E Supplier Quality Assurance group
- Bachelor's degree in engineering

- Bachelor's degree inmechanical, manufacturing, electrical, or power systems
- Experience with piping and/or valve inspection (to support Gas)
- Experience as a certified welder inspector (to support Gas)
- Experience with transformer and electrical component inspection(to support Electrical)
- Experience working in a manufacturing environment with 'hands-on' experience inspecting or dispositioning defective materials
- Experience in building supplier relationships
- Ability to read standards and drawings and makereasoned judgments on the 'quality of the designs'
- Knowledge of variety of non-destructive testing and basic electrical and mechanical inspection techniques
- Knowledge of electrical substation, transmission, hydro generation or gasdistribution/transmission equipment
- Knowledge of six sigma quality systems and experience leading Lean Six Sigma events with either internal personnel or with suppliers
- Ability to demonstrate application of "root cause analysis" in working withsupplier problems
- Ability to make reasoned decisions regarding part and system compliance when drawings are not clear
- Ability to work in a rapid pace with incomplete information; making decisions about hardware while juggling multiple problems andtasks
- Lead Auditor training


- Perform source inspections (witnessing key tests & inspecting the equipment for acceptable workmanship) for equipment and materials at supplier factories, communicate any deviations and work toresolve deviations to the supplier and the PG&E Responsible Engineer, write up results in an inspection report, and follow up with the supplier to verify completion of any necessary corrective actions.
- Perform plant surveys of potential new suppliers bytouring the plant, interviewing key staff members, and reviewing of documentation (Quality Manual, QA & test procedures, calibration records, etc.), analyze the information gathered, make recommendation regarding the supplier's capability to the internal LOBclient, and document the results in a thorough plant survey report.
- Perform periodic targeted surveillance inspections at key supplier factories deemed critical by the Supplier Quality staff such as recent quality problems, changes at the factory since thelast surveillance inspection, and known critical processes for the products involved, and document the results in thorough surveillance inspection reports.
- Issue Material Problem Reports (MPRs) and Supplier Corrective Action Requests (SCARs) for assignedsuppliers based on group guidelines.
- Coordinate inspection schedules for orders at assigned supplier plants and other assigned purchase orders and provide the required inspection information to the backup inspector, if necessary.
- Mentor qualityengineers who are new to the Supplier Quality group.
- Represent Supplier Quality on PG&E major equipment teams.