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Job Description
Job ID: 5765
Category: Engineering
Job Title: Supervising Engineer - Pipeline Section
Compensation: $118-$144K/Yr
Date Posted: 2012-08-28
Position Type: Direct Hire
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
# of Positions: 1

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***This position is directly responsible for leading a team of Project Engs focused on the design of gas transmission pipeline facilities - successful candidate will have an engineering degree with at least 8 yrs of pipeline engineering experience with a proven track record in a leadership role***





Location - Walnut Creek/San Ramon, California 


Company Overview

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States and is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:  PCG).  The Utility provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million customers throughout a 70,000 square-mile territory in northern and central California.  The company was founded in 1905 and has approximately 20,000 employees.  In 2009, PG&E generated operating revenues of over $13 billion.

PG&E’s power comes from a diverse mix of generating sources, both conventional and renewable, and both small and large.  In addition to buying power from other power suppliers, the company generates power from a large network of hydroelectric powerhouses, a nuclear power plant and natural gas-fired power plants.  PG&E is committed to environmental stewardship and developing innovative renewable energy programs.  PG&E is the nation’s largest solar utility with over 12,000 solar-generating customers; it has the largest alternative energy fleet in the utility industry with over 1,100 alternative fueled cars and trucks; and it has one of the lowest rates of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation (58% below the national average).

Safety is a core company value at PG&E.  Our Vision and Values statement outlines that, “We are accountable for all of our own actions:  these include safety, protecting the environment, and supporting our communities.”  The company drives the priority and awareness of safety in daily communication, weekly reporting throughout the organization, as well as in major programs, events and initiatives.  Protecting the safety of employees and the public is a value lived both at work and at home for PG&E. 

Position Summary

This position is located in the Gas Transmission Project Engineering Group within the Gas Operations organization.  Gas Operations is responsible for the safe, reliable and efficient operation of PG&E’s gas transmission and distribution system including over 6,000 miles of gas transmission and 35,000 miles of gas distribution pipelines throughout California.  

We recognize that our employees are the backbone of our success. It's the mix of talent, skill, enthusiasm, drive and team spirit that empowers our employees to deliver energy to PG&E’s customers every day. This is your opportunity to join our team and make your contributions in an industry that is rapidly changing.

This position will be directly responsible for leading a team of Project Engineers focused on the design of gas transmission pipeline facilities.  This individual will supervise a group of approximately six engineers and provide oversight of project scope and design.  This individual will manage the overall pipeline section workload which will include 50 to 80 pipeline projects annually with a total estimated project value of $20 - $40 million.  The successful candidate will be a degreed engineer with at least 8 years of pipeline engineering experience with a proven track record in a leadership role.


  • Safety: Be an advocate for safety and lead by example.  Incorporate safety into all work activities and products, including field activities and project designs.  Ensure that safe practices and procedures are communicated to all employees and incorporated and followed in all activities.
  • Leadership:  Create and communicate a clear vision, direction and roles and responsibilities for the work group.  Collaborate with other organizations within Gas Operations and PG&E to insure the effective use of resources and the cooperation of all organizations that participate in the execution of projects.
  • Management:  Provide mentoring and development to maintain a highly qualified team.  Work with employees to prepare individual employee goals and measure progress relative to goals.  Manage work assignments to effectively execute the highest priority projects and tasks.
  • Resource Management:  Recruit and develop new talent as workload dictates and opportunities arise.  Contract for additional engineering resources as needed to effectively execute project workload.
  • Capital and Expense Projects:
    • Responsible for overseeing the design and engineering of gas transmission pipeline facilities including; gas pipelines, metering facilities, regulating facilities and transmission service extensions.  Knowledge of 49CFR Part 192 and PG&E Gas Standards and Specifications is critical to success.  Ensure that all designs meet applicable codes and gas standards.
    • Ensure all project work incorporates industry best practices with an emphasis on safety and compliance while ensuring a reliable and cost effective end result.
    • Develop appropriate processes and procedures to insure the overall effectiveness of the work that the group performs.
    • Work closely with other groups within Gas Operations to prioritize project work and insure alignment with the overall objectives of Gas Operations.
    • Provide engineering review and input on conceptual designs, design reviews, calculations and engineering and construction documents.
    • Interface with contractors, engineering, and field personnel to facilitate resolving technical issues.
    • Develop and maintain a high level of expertise in gas transmission pipeline design, maintenance and operations.  Depending on your experience, become a Subject Matter Expert in your area of expertise and provide oversight, consulting, technical support and document updates.
  • Code Compliance:
    • Review designs and provide technical guidance for code interpretation and compliance.
    • Implement department code compliance initiatives that require engineering support.
  • Process Improvement: Participate as needed on business strategy teams, process improvement teams, etc. Work collaboratively with other work groups and departments to achieve desired results. Continuously identify opportunities to improve the way work is done.



  • Minimum 8 years of experience in gas transmission engineering
  • Knowledge and understanding of gas industry rules and regulations
  • Must be well developed leadership and management skills
  • Strong project engineering/management background
  • History of positive engagement with clients
  • BS in Engineering


  • Professional Engineering License

Opportunity Attributes

  1. Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an AA/EEO employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce
  2. Relocation package available
  3. Travel stipends applied based on specific job needs
  4. This is a direct hire position(s)
  5. Full benefits and retirement packages included


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