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Consumers Energy SR ENGINEER II (Substation Design) 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.


This position is within the Substation Design & Standards (SD&S) Division of the High Voltage Distribution (HVD) Engineering Department. The division is responsible for all civil and electric substation layout engineering and design for both high- and low-voltage distribution systems of Consumers Energy.


The Engineer will be a key member of the Substation Design & Standards group. The Engineer serves in an independent contributor capacity within the contracted design management department. The Engineer will support capital and O&M projects as well as process improvements, standard updates, and other Division objectives.


The successful candidate will develop or contract out designs including scopes, drawings, BOMs, permitting support, etc to support the electric substation projects. Designs that the Engineer will be involved in include major customer projects, new substation installations, major component replacements, transformer replacements and additions, MOAB replacements and additions, various maintenance projects, animal mitigation installations, site grading jobs, etc. The successful candidate may also review work of designers and outside consultants, manage workload, set priorities among competing interests, process invoices and track budgets. They will need to interface at times with many groups including Substation Construction, Substation (I&C, Layout, Civil), Planning, Project Management, the Environmental Department, the Permitting Group, and others.

The Engineer will support the refinement/development of existing and/or new substation standards, help to implement process improvements, as well as provide presentations and/or training as needed to support ongoing technical development.

The primary work location for this position will be at the Jackson – Parnall office.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited program as set forth in the Engineers Council for Professional Development

  • At least 2 years of applied ABET engineering experience.

  • Drafting Experience (required) – MicroStation or CAD etc. 3D drafting experience is a plus.

The following skills may set you apart:

  • SAP Experience

  • CAD, MS Access and MS Excel experience preferred

  • Ability to obtain PE licensure in Michigan

  • If the successful candidate does not have a PE license, it is expected that a PE license will be sought as soon as the successful candidate is qualified to sit for the exam.

  • Experience in substation design

  • Experience in substation grounding

  • Experience managing workloads to meet project schedules and budget and other engineers, drafters, technicians and contractors.

Essential Functions

  • Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Electric and Gas Distribution and Electric Generation systems as well as facilities and ancillary support process for all utility operations.

  • Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, Practice Areas, and offices.

  • Individual possesses the skills to lead, problem solve, multitask, and work well in a team environment. Individual should exemplify safe work practices and follow the company’s compliance standards.

  • Lead and/or assist with engineering projects to include design, plans, inspections, system planning, specifications, reports, maps, environmental impacts, permits, contracts, schedules, estimates, surveying, easements, data collection, construction observation, and field investigation.

  • Provide engineering services with accuracy, integrating all applicable governmental and company laws, standards and procedures on time and under budget.

  • Use computer assisted engineering, design, and drafting software and equipment to prepare engineering 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 oral and written communication skills to provide technical expertise to coworkers, clients, customers, government entities and 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 services in a legal and ethical manner.

  • Resolve all customer complaints in a timely manner.

  • Serve as onsite project representative.

  • Reviews operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the design documents.

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 seventy-five 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.

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.