Consumers Energy SR ENG TECH ANL II 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 the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

The Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Division provides critical and quality engineering services to our customers. The division supports technical work on projects ranging in scope from complete new electric system substations down to single I&C device modifications and change-outs, and also includes smart/intelligent I&C devices on electric lines.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Technical Analyst will support engineers in hardware and software integration for newer smart / programmable / configurable devices, network devices, and legacy electrical devices in electric substations and on electric lines.

This position will also support the detailed design of multiple projects reflected in the design drawings produced by others in the I&C Division. The primary responsibilities of this role include:

  • Develop, test and maintain software applications (VB.NET) for automated testing and configuration of integrated systems

  • Develop and maintain documentation processes associated with integrated systems including; hardware, applications, protocols, detailed point lists and revision control.

Typical devices encountered will be programmable automation controllers, communications devices, network devices, SCADA remote terminal units (RTU), protective and control relays, meters, transformer monitors/controllers, transducers and generic controls for intelligent electrical devices (IEDs). The successful candidate should be comfortable working “hands-on” in a lab environment, where system prototyping, test setups and interconnection of devices.

In this role, you will utilize your positive attitude, strong work ethic and self-motivation to collaborate and communicate across a diverse environment of internal and external resources. You will need to be flexible and have the ability to adapt to changing technologies, industry trends and emerging regulatory requirements. Further, you should have a dedicated interest in the integration, connectivity design, networking, programming and configuration of intelligent electrical devices.

The position is located in Jackson, MI, at the Parnall Road office.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in a scientific/technical field with less than 1 year of experience. (OR) Associate's degree in a scientific/technical field with 2 years of experience in the specific field. (OR) Extensive Company or industry experience in positions that demonstrate required abilities and performance.

The following skills and experience will set you apart from others:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (EE), Electrical Engineering Technology (EET), Computer Science or other closely related technical field.

  • Prior MS Access, MS Excel, MS Word skills

  • Prior experience with programmable/configurable devices, such as RTUs, PLCs, PACs, protective relays, regulator and recloser controls

  • Prior experience with networking, connectivity and/or integration

  • Experience programming in a high level object-oriented language (VB.NET is preferred

Essential Functions

Engineering support for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Electric and Gas Distribution and Electric Generation systems as well as facilities and ancillary support processes for all utility operations. Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, Practice Areas, and offices. Supervise and consult on a complex set of activities in support of the energy delivery systems routinely in the engineering analytical space on a frequent basis. Lead and/or assist with GIS (geographic Information System) model construction, data construction and data analysis. Lead and/or assist with engineering support for the design, plans, specifications, reports, maps, environmental impacts, permits, contracts, schedules, estimates, surveying, data collection, construction observation, and field investigation. Provide engineering support services with accuracy, on time and under budget. Use computer assisted engineering, design, and drafting software and equipment to prepare engineering support and design documents. Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard drawing procedures for projects. Become familiar with plans and specifications, maps, and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately. Assists in client contact and communication. Utilize effective communication skills to answer inquiries from coworkers, clients, or the public. Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders. Attend internal and external meetings. Provide all engineering support services in a legal and ethical manner. May review operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the design documents. Individual must be able to clearly communicate with field personal to safely perform equipment checkouts. Individual must be able to understand and comply with NERC standards. Regular attendance is expected.

Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual work 40 hours per week with 90% of time spent in the office or specific field locations. Individual must be able to support 24/7 on call responsibilities which may include travel to the disaster recovery site.

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. 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. 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 hrs 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.