Sr. Project Engineer - Hydro Electric (PE License CA required) - SF or Sacramento Area in San Francisco, CA at Johnson Search Group.

Date Posted: 11/20/2020

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JobID: 381080

Johnson Service Group is seeking to fill a Direct Hire role with our client for a Sr. Project Engineer – (Hydro Electric) within their Power Generation Department.  This position can be located in San Francisco, Chico, Angels Camp, Auburn, Auberry, or Burney areas.

Job Responsibilities: The Senior Project Engineer performs the functions of Journey- and Associate-level Project Engineers, but for larger, more complex, technically challenging, higher risk exposure, and higher profile projects.

This position will assist teams of engineers, consultants, contract technical personnel, and support staff in collecting and evaluating data, conducting assessments and technical studies, performing engineering analyses, preparing reports, and developing recommendations to support the safe and reliable performance of a hydroelectric infrastructure, including dams, water conveyance, and appurtenant facilities. 

  • Providing guidance and technical support for surveillance and monitoring, condition assessments, planning, engineering analyses and designs, code and regulatory compliance, asset management, project construction, quality assurance, operation, maintenance, and repair of dams, canals, tunnels, flumes, penstocks, and other civil hydroelectric infrastructure supporting planning, alternatives analysis, engineering design, permitting, construction, and quality control for large and/or complex projects. Overseeing and taking a leadership role in technically complex, high-visibility, and/or high-risk studies and projects involving dams and water conveyance facilities.  Reviewing and approving engineering calculations, designs, construction documents, regulatory submittals, and other work products. 
  • Preparing and reviewing regulatory correspondence related to dam safety, asset management, and project execution programs. Consulting on multiple large and complex engineering tasks, construction projects, programs, outages, and contracts.  Researching and developing innovative and appropriate solutions to complex technical problems. Presenting clear, concise, and well-reasoned positions for desired ideas and proposals representing the client external industry associations, committees, trade organizations, and other interutility groups.  Providing technical support in incident investigations and cause analyses and making recommendations to address local and system-wide problems.  Preparing and delivering high-level technical briefings, advice, and recommendations to upper management. Developing technical standards and procedures and leading the development and revision of standards, specifications, construction documents, and guidelines Interpreting, clarifying, and educating others in applicable industry and company standards. Developing and nurturing constructive relationships with internal and external individuals and teams, including regulators and representatives of technical organizations and other generation asset owners. Regularly supporting Directors, Managers, Principals, and Supervising engineers on programmatic solutions, process improvements, and contracting strategies. Customarily and regularly using discretion and independent judgment in fulfilling these job functions

Must meet the Minimum Requirements below:

  • Four-year BS Degree in Engineering from an accredited curriculum in the U.S. or equivalent from outside the U.S.
  • 8 years of cumulative experience in engineering, design, construction or regulatory project management, including 5 years of experience in power generation or heavy industry project engineering and management
  • Current and active California Professional Engineer (PE) license


  • PMP Project Management Professional certification
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Education, training, and expertise in hydrology and hydraulic engineering including fluid mechanics, open channel and pressurized flow, hydraulic modeling, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis, and precipitation, runoff, and flood routing studies.

Demonstrated experience with:

  • Engineering evaluation, assessment, maintenance, and repair of water storage, conveyance, and control structures including dams, spillways, canals, tunnels, pipelines, and associated gates and valves.
  • Analysis and design of dams, hydraulic control, and water conveyance structures.
  • Analysis, design, and assessment of penstocks, including dynamic/transient loading.
  • Alternatives analysis, design, permitting, construction, and quality control for large civil infrastructure projects.
  • Surveillance and monitoring of water storage and conveyance infrastructure and associated mechanical equipment.
  • Potential failure modes analysis, risk assessment and mitigation, and probabilistic methods

Demonstrated competency in:

  • Oral and written communication that reflects a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences in resolving technical issues.
  • Leading, mentoring, and developing people to meet their career goals and organizational objectives.
  • Providing direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done.
  • Working independently, with limited oversight.
  • Consistently achieving results, even under difficult circumstances.
  • Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.       
  • Relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people.
  • Making sense of complex and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Knowing and applying effective and efficient processes to accomplish tasks, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics.
  • Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
  • Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Advocating on behalf of an organization to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
  • Facilitating discussions and meetings.
  • Negotiating between stakeholders to reach an agreement.
  • Knowledge of power generating facility systems, structures, components, principles, and theories.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines for dam safety and power generation, including those administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), California Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD), and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)



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