Pacific Gas & Electric Company Diablo Canyon (DCPP) Engineering Intern 2019 in San Luis Obispo, California

Requisition ID # 17474

Job Category : Engineering / Science

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Nuclear Generation

Job Location : San Luis Obispo


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 informationor any other factor that is not related to the job.

Organization Overview

Diablo Canyon supports PG&E, the leading utility in the United States, by being the leading nuclear power plant in the country. Our people are the foundation of our success; working together we:

  • Inspire and positively influence the industry through our safe, reliable, and excellent operational performance.

  • Embrace new ideas to continuously improve our plant and our work environment.

  • Proactively learn from ourselves and others.

  • Enrich our communities and the environment, increasing the public’s trust and confidence in nuclear power.

Position Summary

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) is a 2200 MWe dual unit nuclear power plant on the central coast of California near Avila Beach. It is owned and operated by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Its core mission is to safely and reliably generate electrical power in a manner that is environmentally responsible and cost effective.

Diablo Canyon is looking for talented summer interns to help support Engineering, Operations and other plant organizations conduct routine activities and implement special projects. Interns will work on initiatives including but not limited to:

  • Design and Project Engineering: The engineer will develop calculations and conduct analysis and evaluations of conditions using standard engineering methodology. The engineer will utilize the Design and Licensing basis, probabilistic analysis techniques and existing engineering references to perform this work. The engineer will be assigned work to support ongoing design and analysis of systems, structures and components with deliverables within cost, schedule and quality parameters.

  • System and Program Engineering, Chemical and Operational Engineering: The engineer may perform system walkdowns in the plant, conduct analysis and evaluations of equipment conditions using standard engineering methodology and procedural and industry standard references. The engineer will work on equipment performance and reliability, health reports and long term plans that address aging and degradation mechanisms; and analysis of operational challenges, including processes, to address causal factors and actions to prevent recurrence.

To obtain and maintain employment and unescorted access at DCPP, you must be able to pass a drug and alcohol screen, a security background check, psychological screen, computer-based training, and be subject to random drug and alcohol screening.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earning a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in any Engineering or related (Physics, IT, etc) field (students MUST be continuing education towards degree during and/or after internship).


  • Working toward a degree in Mechanical, Civil, Nuclear or Electrical (Power Systems) Engineering

  • EIT or FE certification

  • 3.0 GPA or greater in both cumulative GPA and major GPA

  • Engineering experience in utilities, municipalities, construction, or engineering consultation

  • Ability to work in a team environment and support fellow team members

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written

  • Takes initiative and can work independently with minimal direction