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Consumers Energy TECHNICIAN III (Corrosion Technician/Distribution Corrosion Technician in Lansing|Saginaw|Grand Rapids|Flint|Kalamazoo|Alma|Midland|Royal Oak|Battle Creek|Bay City|Cadillac|Owosso|Sparta|Norton Shores|Traverse City|Hamilton|West Branch|Hastings|Kentwood|Big Rapids|Clare|Fremont|Benzonia|Boyne City|Temperance|Clinton Township|Gr, 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 GAM-DIMP department is responsible for compliance related tracking and maintaining of the cathodic protection status of the distribution steel piping throughout the state. The GAM Technician is one of the most critical positions in the corrosion department here at Consumers Energy since they touch every aspect of the work from initial survey down to remediation and repairs. The GAM Technicians partner with local OM&C Gas Lines Worker-Cathodic employees and distribution crews since the GAM Technicians are the local SMEs when it comes to the system in their headquarters. The majority of the work (roughly 85%) of the GAM Technician is office related and approximately 15% of the time is spent in the field assisting the Gas Lines Worker-Cathodic employees. The GAM Technicians build a relationship with the local resources and their expertise is constantly requested during the day to day work that the local resources complete. This day to day interaction is crucial because it allows for the proactive and real-time identification and installation of cathodic protection devices which saves time and money. The crews can meet with the GAM Technician on projects that they are currently working on, and the GAM Technician can walk them through cathodic installations that can be completed at the same time as the crews are completing non-cathodic related work.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Creating capital and O&M repair orders in SAP

  • Designing the boundaries of the sectors

  • Securing permits for cathodic work across the state

  • Designing impressed current systems (rectifiers)

  • Assisting OM&C technicians in the field with sector diagnostic

  • Creating Bi-monthly SAP orders, annual survey orders, and Sector diagnostic

  • Coordinating interference testing at quarterly meetings through the Michigan Electrolysis Committee with foreign utilities

  • Building weekly work-plan schedules for the local OM&C Gas Lines Worker Cathodic employees and monitor that schedule daily to make sure work is being completed

  • Dispatch the work orders to the field devices for the weekly work plan schedules

  • Attending weekly schedule meetings and partner with local distribution groups to make sure that repair work is completed in a timely manner

  • Monitoring compliance dates daily through Inspection manager

  • Creating Non-leak Maintenance orders in SAP

  • Adding test points to the GCCP that were installed by crews during completion of non-cathodic related work orders

  • Working with Regulatory Services during MPSC audits and inquiries

  • Compile information in sector folders for the OM&C Gas Lines Worker Cathodic employees

  • Review prints and work orders for cathodic information for DPE and other design groups

  • Review SAP work orders completed by distribution and contractors for cathodic related information

  • Supply SME insight and information for projects including main replacements.

This position will be based out of the Livonia Service Center

Required Qualifications

  • A two-year associate degree in a scientific or technical field, or 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.

  • Candidates who do not have a scientific or technical degree, may be placed in the Technical Support job family.

The following computer and technical skills will set you apart from others:

  • Experience in SAP, GIS, Microstation, Inspection Manager, Microsoft office related programs, Tableau, SharePoint, Google Earth, SIMS, Adobe, CorView

  • CP experience and certifications

Essential Functions

Track compliance dates of cathodic related surveys and repairs. Schedule cathodic survey reads, and assign reads and orders to field devices. Help maintain and troubleshoot electronic, electrical, mechanical, and other equipment for gas distribution cathodic protection systems. Repairs, calibrates and/or programs electronic components. Resolves computer problems corrosion control related software. Operates and maintains electronic equipment, diagnostic instruments, and software in performance of assigned duties, specifically: computers, volt meters, amp meters, electrical tools, electronic tools, and computer software. Receives reports, electrical diagrams, and correspondence; reviews, processes, or maintains documentation for reference. Consults with manufacturers' service technicians, contractors, and vendor representatives to discuss problems, schedule installs, and evaluate costs for necessary parts, supplies, or repairs of corrosion control related equipment and products. 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 gas distribution related corrosion control equipment. Makes design decisions with regard to cathodic protection systems on gas distribution pipelines. 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

Meet travel requirements of the position. Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.

Physical Demands

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; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is often required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 10 pounds on a regular basis such as rectifiers, anodes, mappers, locators, other equipment, books, paper, laptop computer, etc., and may require moving materials weighing up to 40 pounds.

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.