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Job Description
Job ID: 5769
Category: Engineering
Job Title: Manager - Pipeline Engineering
Compensation: $139-$175K/Yr
Date Posted: 2012-08-28
Position Type: Direct Hire
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
# of Positions: 1

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*** Successful candidate will have strong understanding and technical background working with gas distribution and transmission pipelines, pipeline construction and regulations, leadership and effective interpersonal and communication skills - PE required - 10 yrs of exp in gas transmission, operations, maintenance - B.S. in Engineering (Mechanical, Civil or Metallurgical***


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. 

Department Overview

Our energy flows through you!  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 your energy, today and tomorrow. This is your opportunity to join our team and make your contributions in an industry that is rapidly changing.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Gas Transmission organization operates approximately 6,000 miles of pipelines, nearly 200,000 hp of compression and three storage facilities.  We are looking for new talent to support compression, storage and/or auxiliary pipeline facilities.

Position Summary

Pipeline Engineering is responsible for providing design & engineering expertise, project & construction management, maintenance & operations support, technical on-call support and asset management for over 6,000 miles of gas transmission pipeline throughout the PG&E Service Territory. Currently, this position leads a work group of 22 employees, comprised of 4 supervisor and 18 engineers at this time.  The most qualified candidates for this position shall have a strong understanding and technical background working with gas distribution and transmission pipelines, pipeline construction and regulations, leadership and effective interpersonal and communication skills.


  • Safety: Be an advocate for safety and lead by example. Incorporate safety into designs, construction and M&O activities. Ensure that safe practices and procedures are communicated, incorporated and followed in all activities. Safety is our #1 priority! Engineer for Safety!
  • Planning Support: Responsible for developing and implementing the gas transmission pipeline capital and expense program budget. From project scope identification, justification, prioritization, engineering, estimating, permitting, construction and close out. The annual capital program budget ranges in value from $80 to $160 million/year.
  • GAS Transmission Pipeline Design:  Responsible for engineering high-pressure gas transmission facilities, which include gas pipelines, metering facilities and gas transmission pipeline service extensions. Knowledge of the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) 49CFR Part 192 regulations and other relevant codes governing the transportation of natural gas. Ensure all engineering designs meet applicable codes and PG&E gas standards. Develop and maintain a high level of expertise in gas transmission pipeline design, maintenance and operations.
  • Maintenance & Operations Engineering Support: Ensure maintenance organizations receive the engineering support and technical mentoring for safe, reliable and efficient operations.  This includes maintenance improvements, condition assessment, evaluations, best practices, and/or engineering studies needed to maintain or enhance safety and reliability.
  • Quality & Asset Management: Ensure oversight on necessary engineering activities to maintain the highest levels of quality. Manage risk by identifying and mitigating proactively.  Ensure data based asset management function
  • Code Compliance: Drive full compliance with safety codes and internal PG&E standards. Review designs and provide technical guidance for code interpretation and compliance. Implement department code compliance initiatives that require engineering support. Support standards development to improve effectiveness
  • Process Improvement: Participate as needed on business strategy teams, process improvement teams, etc. Work collaboratively with other work groups and departments including project managers, principal engineers to achieve desired results. Continuously identify opportunities to improve the way work is done and deliver a "step - function" results.



  • Professional Engineering License or ability to get one in six months
  • 10 years of experience in gas transmission, operations, maintenance  or related either as a part of engineering services company, utility, oil and gas or related with emphasis on pipeline engineering
  • B.S. in Engineering (Mechanical, Civil or Metallurgical)


  • Experience managing engineering projects of various sizes with practical "hands on" experience in pipeline design, engineering  and operations
  • Understanding of relevant Federal and California codes
  • Self-starter who can drive a project by leveraging external vendors with minimal internal resources
  • Understanding of engineering planning and control methods including computerized methods.
  • Quality management experience
  • Project management experience and training

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 benifits and retirement packages included



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