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Job Descriptions

Responsibilities

A pre-apprentice/utility worker assists journey-level gas and electric department employees with duties, such as digging trenches (using shovels, picks or pneumatic tools); raising and lowering tools and equipment up to 100 pounds utilizing ropes, cables, rollers, slings and blocks; transporting vehicles and equipment; and flagging traffic. Travel within PG&E’s service area may be required. The essential functions of all positions are subject to change based on operating necessity.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age upon employment
  • A valid California Class C driver's license
  • Pre-employment test requirements: A qualifying score on the Physical Test Battery (PTB) and Work Orientation Inventory (WOI) exams
  • Successful passage of drug screen and background check
  • Ability to work at heights

Desired

  • Construction experience
  • Customer focus, safety consciousness, team orientation and high work standards
  • Eighth- to tenth-grade level math and English literacy

Wages

  • Effective January 1, 2013, wages start at $24.41 per hour*.

Interested in this position? See the course schedule.

* Title 300 pay scales

Responsibilities

An apprentice lineworker performs construction and maintenance of overhead and underground electrical transmission and distribution lines under the guidance of a journey-level employee. Lineworkers are critical to ensuring that PG&E's customers have a safe and reliable source of electricity. Vital skills of a qualified lineworker include constructing and maintaining equipment, inspecting and testing power lines and other electric devices, laying underground cables and climbing poles or using truck-mounted buckets to reach overhead equipment. The essential functions of all positions are subject to change based on operating necessity.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age upon employment
  • A valid California Class C driver's license
  • Pre-employment test requirements: A qualifying score on the Physical Test Battery (PTB), Work Orientation Inventory (WOI) and Industrial Skills Test (IST) exams
  • Successful passage of drug screen and background check
  • Ability to work at heights

Desired

  • Eighth- to tenth-grade level math and English literacy

Wages

  • Effective January 1, 2013, wages start at $24.41 per hour*.

Interested in this position? See the course schedule.

* Title 300 pay scales

Responsibilities

An electrician will use power tools and hand tools to install and/or remove equipment and systems, such as wire terminations, high voltage equipment, overhead and underground electrical systems, steel structures, control panels, metering and protection systems, and air switches. The electrician will help set up rigging and pull cable. He or she may operate construction equipment, if qualified, such as a forklift, manlift, boom truck or any other equipment associated with excavation and compaction. The position typically reports to substation or hydroelectric departments and frequently requires overnight travel to job sites.

Requirements

18 years of age upon employment

  • A valid California Class C driver's license
  • Pre-employment test requirements: A qualifying score on the Physical Test Battery (PTB), Work Orientation Inventory (WOI) and Industrial Skills Test (IST) exams
  • Successful passage of drug screen and background check

Desired

Twelfth-grade level math and English literacy

Wages

Effective January 1, 2013, wages start at $34.01 per hour*.

Interested in this position? See the course schedule.

* Title 300 pay scales

Responsibilities

An apprentice communication technician installs, tests, retires or removes the following equipment: microwave radios with antennas and transmission lines; data, telemetry and supervisory systems; dial exchanges; multi-plex; alarm systems; fiber optic systems; and battery and charging systems. Some of these positions are system-wide, meaning you may be required to travel throughout our service area in order to perform certain aspects of the job and travel to remote locations independently in mountainous environments and in severe weather conditions. Travel may include access via helicopter, snow cat, snow mobile, snow shoes, boat or hiking. Overtime may be required. The essential functions of all positions are subject to change based on operating necessity.

Requirements


  • 18 years of age upon employment
  • A valid California Class C driver’s license
  • Successful passage of drug screen and background check
  • Must have experience with telecommunications or radios, electronics and have basic computer knowledge
  • Pre-employment test requirements: A qualifying score on the Physical Test Battery (PTB), Work Orientation Inventory (WOI), Industrial Skills Test (IST) and Computer and Telecommunications Technician (CTT) exams
  • Must be able to obtain a valid Radio Telephone Operator License (FCC or Naber) or Company-approved certificate within six months of report date

Wages


  • Effective January 1, 2013, wages start at $39.45 per hour.

Interested in this position? See the course schedule.

* Title 300 pay scales

Responsibilities

A welder performs electric and gas welding, as well as installs, repairs, maintains, fabricates and upgrades gas transmission pipelines and distribution piping. Welders must be able to work safely and with a minimum amount of supervision. Significant travel is required. Overtime may be required.

Requirements


  • 18 years of age upon employment
  • A valid California Class C driver's license
  • Successful passage of drug screen and background check
  • A minimum of two years of related experience or related formal training
  • Pre-employment test requirements: A qualifying score on the Physical Test Battery (PTB), Work Orientation Inventory (WOI) and Industrial Skills Test (IST) exams

Wages


  • Effective January 1, 2013, wages start at $34.01 per hour*.

Interested in this position? See the course schedule.

* Title 300 pay scales

 

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