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Consumers Energy HVD Lines Contractor Design and Special projects Technician in Jackson, Michigan

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

The HVD Lines Contracted Design Division provides critical and quality engineering services to our customers. This division supports technical work on projects ranging in scope from complete new high voltage electric power lines down to crossarm and insulator replacements through contracted services supplied by third parties.

Job Description/Responsibilities

This individual will be a key member and serve in an independent contributor capacity within the HVD Lines Contracted Design Division, working with contractors who are working on capital HVD projects for reliability and capacity needs. The successful candidate will develop contracts and documents for our contracted designs including scopes, drawings, BOMs, permitting support, etc to support the electric High Voltage Distribution Lines projects. This position will review work of designers and outside contractors, manage workload, set priorities among competing interests, process invoices and track budgets; and be able to report on these projects. This position is responsible for communicating with persons outside and inside the company concerning topics related to HVD Lines that are of high importance and unique in nature.

The position is located at the Parnall Road facility in Jackson, MI. Open to remote work within the state of MI


  • A 2-year Associate Degree in the requisite scientific or technical field, of which, 48 credit hours must be technical in nature. 48 scientific or technical credit hours as measured on a semester basis; the 48 scientific or technical credit hours can be obtained through colleges, technical institutes, licensed apprenticeship programs, trade schools, military programs, etc.

  • MicroStation, PLS-CADD, or other CAD Drafting experience.

For further consideration, please remember to upload your College Transcript(s) [official OR unofficial] and supporting documentation into the "Supporting Documents" section of your Application.

The following skills and experience may set you apart:

  • Prior experience designing power lines with an understanding of electric lines construction practices and limitations.

  • Knowledge of PLS-CADD and High Voltage Distribution system components

  • Strong written and verbal communication and problem-solving skills. Ability to communicate across multiple organizations and to people with varied technical experience.

  • Excellent, clear oral and written communications skills and customer relations skills

  • Must be self-motivated and exhibit a positive and professional attitude.

  • Ability to handle multiple projects, meet deadlines, provide appropriate solutions to problems, and make decisions in a team environment

  • Must be flexible and able to manage multiple tasks and shifting priorities

  • Strong Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

Essential Functions

  • Analyze and resolve a wide variety of work procedures (which may involve the engineering design, work order preparation, field checking, scheduling coordination, material provisioning and ordering, redlining, preparation of “as-builts.”

  • Mentor less experienced designers, provide design support, track or modify design procedures in accordance with changing design standards.

  • Interact with other internal departments to resolve design related issues, and communicate those issues to others, including management and sister departments.

  • Interpret and analyze a wide variety of complex technical/scientific design projects, perform work coordination, and respond to inquiries from other designers. These tasks involve the evaluation of alternative courses of action, recommending and coordinating the appropriate actions through the work process to meet current HVD lines standards and NESC requirements.

  • Coordinate with employees in other departments and/or external vendors to meet any special requirements for the project.

  • The ideal applicant should exhibit exceptional problem solving and team work skills.

  • Possess strong computer skills (Windows, Microsoft Office, SAP) and analytical skills

  • Enjoy working in a team environment

  • Can interact with internal and external clients to receive and interpret highly advanced information and data

  • Performs other related duties as required. Reviews, edits, develops, manages, and interprets documents and drawings utilized for the purposes of maintaining, constructing, testing, and removing equipment and facilities for CE’s transmission systems.

  • Makes design decisions with regard to electrical/physical aspects of equipment.

  • Consults with supervisors, operators, technicians, manufacturers, vendors, subject matter experts and engineers to review assigned area needs, discuss problems, prioritize work, and provide technical expertise.

  • Regular attendance is expected.

    Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 90% of time spent in the office or specific field locations. Travel is required to job sites and project meetings and could be significant dependent upon location. Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with storm restoration activities. Individual should be willing to participate in the on-call rotation in case of potential storms. Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to help with storm restoration which may require overnight stays Individuals must have a valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to stand and walk for periods of up to and beyond eight hours in all kinds of weather; snow, mud, dirt water, ice, etc. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to fifty pounds. The recommended maximum weight for employees to lift without the aid of other employees or a lifting device is 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The noise level on the construction site is often loud. Individual must have the ability to work up to 16 continuous hours during emergent work.

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.