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Gas Distribution Mapping Lead

Date: Apr 2, 2021

Location: Bay City, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy



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.




The Gas Distribution Mapping Lead is eligible for remote work or can be based in any of our Michigan locations.




The Gas Asset Information Department is responsible for creating, maintaining and
updating natural gas system records into an Enterprise Geospatial Information System (GIS)
Database along with other non-geospatial databases.  The records are utilized internally and externally by thousands of viewers to determine the approximate location of our buried assets, along with key asset attributes such as installation year, size, material, operating pressure, etc. The Teams are responsible for data maintenance and cleanup activities in the different databases as well as supporting other departments in their integration and use of asset data.


The Gas GIS database and the SIMS (Service Information Management System) database are the direct sources of data used to feed various pipeline construction and maintenance activities like; risk analysis, leak detection and repair, cathodic protection, system capacity studies and regulatory reporting. The Landbase GIS database is the direct source of data used to feed the design process utilized for day-to-day operation of the GIS and CAD Gas and Electric Systems, as well as for geospatial representation of all updates.




This Gas Distribution Mapping Lead leads a team of Consumers Energy employees and contractors responsible for updating the Company GIS (Geographic Information System) and SIMS (Service Information Management System) facility data to ensure accurate information and representation of the Gas Services within the Distribution Grid, along with the foundational land data. The Gas Asset Information Department has several Mapping Leaders, and as such, this position will need to align on work management practices, data quality requirements and ensuring consistent application of standards.  The lead role regularly provides input into the effectiveness of business processes as it relates to quantity, quality and financial performance measures regarding gas data management.  The Leader will need to evaluate current processes, eliminate waste and ensure adequate resources to achieve the required performance targets. 


The Leader will be required to provide subject matter expertise to support GIS or record related projects, and in some cases, act as the Business Lead role. They will need to research, implement data management best practices in an ongoing employee training and development programs. Participate in identifying and selection of new employee candidates






  • Manage performance and development of a team of 5 to 8 employees and a fluctuating number of contractors necessary to meet the needs of the business.
  • Ensure effective and efficient work force management that meets specific performance objectives and targets.
  • Drive team to achieve business plan results and develop countermeasures to ensure success.
  • Train team members related to changing work processes that are driven by increasing demands for additional facility and attribute data to meet a growing customer base and regulatory requirements.
  • Create and maintain a standardized and repeatable training plan for all GIS and SIMS Editors.
  • Develop and maintain reports to accurately monitor and drive results on maintaining timely, complete and accurate gas service records.


Performance & Quality


  • Monitor and report on GIS and SIMS databases.  Support task performance including quantity, quality and timeliness.
  • Actively lead and/or participate in problem solving sessions and implement counter measures to ensure the team is meeting or exceeding performance expectations.
  • Responsibility for achieving the records accuracy goals within the Public Safety Rally Room and report out on visual management materials.
  • Maintain and optimize a formalized intake process for construction work orders and driving for a high level of quality of data entry into the respective asset system of record.
  • Manage data quality of facility and attribute edits in the GIS and SIMS environment. Validate database is being maintained to a level that drives confidence for use on high priority externally and internally facing reports and gas system analytics.
  • Drive development and maintenance of standard work to ensure data integrity for the asset information entered in GIS.
  • Utilize GIS technologies to improve processes and reduce waste.




  • Network with multiple departments and disciplines to enhance quality, adhere to standards, and support work order design and field activities.
  • Manage internal linkages with Gas & Electric Distribution Engineering, System Integrity, Customer Energy Management, Damage Prevention, Information Technology, and Gas Operations to ensure data accuracy of the gas and land network


Strategic Planning


  • This role ensures the long-term integrity and optimal use of the GIS & SIMS databases, along with ensuring adequate resourcing to support the workload.
  • Aiding in the definition of the 3 – 5-year plan to enhance the organizations geospatial information footprint. Engage in defining the highly complex transformation to the Utility Network and the Unified Pipeline Data Model, along with the associated impacted systems.
  • Lead the restart and completion of the gas service conversion from the historical SIMS database to GIS, in partnership with IT and other key business organizations.




The Gas Distribution Mapping Lead position may be filled as a General Engineer I or General Engineering Technical Analyst I based the following qualifications: 


  • General Engineer I → Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited university, and a minimum of two (2) or more years of applied engineering working experience. 


  • General Engineering Technical Analyst I → Associate degree in a scientific/technical field, and a minimum of five (5) years of related technical work experience; OR, if no degree, a minimum of ten (10) years of related technical work experience.




  • Knowledge of the Land Base, Electric and Gas Distribution Systems and standards.
  • Advanced knowledge of GIS, related programming tools and/or queries
  • Knowledge/understanding of CAD and GIS records systems and applicable standards.
  • Ability to lead and communicate a vision and direction for the team while providing support when needed.
  • Data analysis and reporting, specifically with Tableau, PowerApps or similar applications
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to draw conclusions and develop actions. This includes development and tracking of data to be able to appropriately understand the work and manage workload effectively.




  • This position requires the individual work 40+ (typically 45 – 50) hours per week with approximately 10% travel required depending on business need.




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. 


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

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.

Nearest Major Market: Bay City
Nearest Secondary Market: Saginaw

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