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Job - Apprentice Electrical Technician (IBEW) - Rodgers Flat in California

California, United States
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Engineering Jobs
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Posted on
5 Oct 2016
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About the Role:


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

Power Generation maintains and operates PG&E's hydroelectric, fossil and renewable generation facilities, providing more than 4,000 megawatts of generating capacity for our customers. We are an organization of nearly 700 men and women dedicated to deliver safe, reliable and cost effective generation to California in an environmentally responsible manner. As an integral and active member of the company team, Power Generation contributes to PG&E's goal of becoming the leading utility in the United States.

Power Generation's, Project Execution Group is responsible for providing project management, major engineering designs and construction services for PG&E's hydro power generation facilities. Our mission is to complete projects safely, on time, within budget and also to support Operations & Maintenance with troubleshooting and emergency response. (PG&E operates the largest privately-owned hydroelectric system in the nation).

The Construction Department provides a diverse and flexible workforce to safely construct and maintain all of PG&E's Hydro Electric system.

Within Hydro Construction there are currently two major work groups:
1. Civil Group - Made up of Working Foremen, Carpenters, Heavy Equipment Operators and Welders
2. Electrical & Mechanical (E&M) Group - Sub Foremen, Electricians, Apprentice Electricians, Station Mechanics and Welders

The Electrical Technicians will be a part of a newly formed Electrical Technician Group.

Position Summary

This is an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 represented classification, which has over 100 years of experience representing employees at PG&E. This job is subject to collective bargaining.

Apprentice Electrical Technicians assist our team in safely operating and maintaining hydroelectric powerhouses and related facilities as well as the construction and project management expertise to expand and replace this infrastructure as needed. Other duties include installation, field testing, and maintenance of protective relay equipment, relay carriers, supervisory equipment, station apparatus, instruments, remote and local control devices and associated wiring and all generator components.

Apprentice Electrical Technicians must be proficient in understanding and deciphering elementary electrical drawing /and schematics. Background of journey-level Electrician experience must be such as to qualify an employee to perform these duties with skill and efficiency. You must be comfortable working from heights ascending and descending at high altitudes, around energized and/or large loud, vibrating mechanical rotating equipment. You must be able to maneuver frequently on stairs and ladders, over rock, gravel, and concrete, metal grating, scaffolding, and wood; which may include narrow and uneven surfaces; work in confined and awkward positions and drive and work in extreme weather conditions in remote work locations. Working environment may also include exposure to poison oak, snakes, ticks, spiders, rodents and insects.

The position will require travel away from home for periods of time.


Minimum Qualifications:
-Must be at least 18 years of age
-Must possess a High School diploma, GED or equivalent work experience
-Must possess a valid California Driver's License
-Ability to work in all types of weather extremes
-Ability to drive safely in all weather and road conditions
-Ability to work extended hours, nights, weekends and holidays
-Must be able to lift 100 pounds a minimum of one time a day
-Must be able to wear company provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
-Certified journey-level Electrician and/or military certification or equivalent work experience
-Internal PG&E Employees: Must have qualified on the Physical Test Battery (PTB), Industrial Skills Test (IST), Work Orientation Inventory Test (WOI), and Electrical Technician Test (ETT) exams prior to interviewing
-External and Hiring Hall Candidates: Must qualify on the Physical Test Battery (PTB), Industrial Skills Test (IST), Work Orientation Inventory Test (WOI), and Electrical Technician Test (ETT) exams prior to interviewing

Desired Qualifications:
-2+ years' experience testing protective relay equipment in a power station or high voltage substation -Proficient in understanding and deciphering electrical drawings and schematics
-Demonstrated ability to complete detailed and intricate work requiring hand and eye dexterity, such as circuit boards and meter and relay movements


-Install, field test and maintain protective relay equipment, relay carriers, supervisory equipment, station apparatus, instruments, remote and local control devices and associated wiring
-Pack and move from ground, trucks, or platforms; lift, carry, and install various tools, parts, and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds on mountainous terrain, dams, canals, stairways, and ladders
-Use various safety equipment such as head, eye, ear, foot and hand protection, as well as fall protection equipment.
-Work around chemicals, fuels, solvents, oils, acids, paints, and some substances identified in Proposition 65.
-Maneuver frequently on stairs and ladders, over rock, gravel, concrete, metal grating, scaffolding and wood; which may include narrow and uneven surfaces; possibility of ice, oil, and/or water on surfaces
-Operate a company vehicle
-Must work safely at all times as defined by PG&E's safety standards and procedures

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