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Pacific Gas & Electric Company Senior Sourcing Quality Inspection Engineer (ESC), Houston, TX in San Francisco, Texas

Requisition ID # 23006

Job Category : Engineering / Science

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Gas Operations

Job Location : Houston


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

The Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) department assures 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

This job is represented by Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) and is subject to collective bargaining.

This position is located in Houston, TX.

The position is responsible for hands-on source inspection of gas equipment at domestic and international supplier locations. This position requires up to 75% travel time (domestic and international) annually.


  • Assist Quality Inspection Engineers that are new to the Supplier Quality group.

  • May represent Supplier Quality on PG&E major equipment teams.

  • 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 the last surveillance inspection, and known critical processes for the products involved under the guidance of more senior engineer. Write or contribute to document the results thorough the surveillance inspection reports.

  • Analyzes quality performance data, such as test failure rates, defect trends, and specification deviation trends.

  • Provides technical recommendations to SQE’s to aid in development of source inspection checklist.

  • Provides technical recommendations to Standards engineers to improve PG&E specification and reviews new/revised specification prior to release.



  • 5 years of work experience in electrical or gas equipment, supplier quality, inspection, project engineering, and/or manufacturing environment

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, civil, mechanical, or other related engineering degree as appropriate from an accredited curriculum in the US or the equivalent from outside the US.


  • American Society of Quality - Certified Quality Inspector (CQI) certificate

  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment with “hands-on” experience inspecting or dispositioning defective materials.

  • Auditing experience

  • Utility experience. Knowledge of electrical substation, transmission, and hydro generation or gas distribution/transmission equipment.

  • Lean 6 sigma experience. Knowledge of six sigma quality systems and experience leading Lean Six Sigma events with either internal personnel or with suppliers. Green Belt or equivalent training

  • Lead Auditor training

  • Experience in building supplier relationships

  • Ability to read standards and drawings and make reasoned judgments on the “quality of the designs”

  • Knowledge of a mature ISO-9000 system

  • Knowledge of Quality Management Systems and applications in a supplier -customer relationship

  • Ability to follow safety practices of PG&E and supplier plant locations

  • Ability to understand and apply PG&E specification as they apply to purchase order requirement.

  • Ability to understand and apply various industry standard related to equipment being inspected

  • A strong mechanical, electrical and manufacturing QA/QC aptitude.

  • Knowledge to use various gages to verify conformity

  • Ability to travel to various material supplier locations to perform inspections with minimum 10 business days inspection notification for North America and 15 business days for international.

  • Ability to work with software and databases to pull reports including SAP, Access and Excel

  • Able to communicate readily with others both verbal and written

  • Ability to make reasoned decisions regarding part and system compliance when drawings are not clear

  • Knowledge of variety of non-destructive testing and basic electrical and mechanical inspection techniques.

  • Knowledge of a mature Supplier Quality and Procurement systems and processes and the ability to work closely with Engineering and Procurement personnel to achieve supplier qualification and improvements

  • Knowledge of a variety of manufacturing processes and good internal business controls and procedures

  • Ability to demonstrate application of "root cause analysis" in working with supplier problems.

  • Ability to work in a rapid pace environment with incomplete information; making decisions about hardware while juggling multiple problems and tasks.

  • Proven ability to pull together and lead cross-functional teams to solve discrete problems and systems problems as they are defined