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Hydro Generation Planning Infrastructure Engineer

Date: Jun 11, 2021

Location: Bay City, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities.  Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.


Department Summary


Generation planning is responsible for the long-term planning at our generating facilities, which includes coal and gas fired plants, river hydros, pumped storage, wind parks, solar parks and battery storage.  The duties of this job function will include support for hydro facilities.  Individual work assignments will be based on the employee's educational background and Consumers Energy business needs.

Our staff consists of technical professionals who are the system owners for the equipment, completing systematic inspections and walkdowns of each system, maintaining a system health data base, identifying and planning projects for the long term financial plan, problem solving and troubleshooting, managing studies and small projects, and overall ensuring the systems we are responsible for are able to operate when called on.  We support the generation operations in outages, work planning, and execution of scopes of work.  Our staff work in all areas of engineering, and on all of our assets, which are spread throughout the state. 

As an Environmental and Hydro Generation Planning Engineer, you will have the overall responsibility for the civil infrastructure at our hydro facilities to ensure assets are operating to meet the safety, reliability, and compliance goals of the company while improving safety, quality and reliability. This job requires a highly motivated individual in a team-oriented environment.



Job Description/Responsibilities


• Providing support to Operations and Maintenance to help resolve system and equipment problems.

• Developing, maintaining, and assessing systems in accordance with the System Health Assessment.

• Performing system monitoring and ensuring that actions are taken to ensure reliability. This includes:

◦           Monitoring operational trends, predictive monitoring trends, preventive maintenance and inspection results, infrastructure condition indicator data, life-cycle input, repeat maintenance, input from operations, input from regulatory and strategy organizations, etc., to identify performance issues and/or needs for action.

◦           Ensuring that corrective actions are identified, justified, appropriately scheduled, and completed.

◦           Developing strategies and justifications for infrastructure life-cycle management and to improve system and component performance consistent with the corporate business plan to ensure safety, compliance, and reliability. This includes: problem identification; development of solutions; development of cost estimates, justifications, and timing requirements; providing input to the Financial Planning Processes; and compliance with regulatory requirements (FERC, EGLE, MDNR, others).

◦           Maintain short-term and long-term infrastructure system plans.

• Maintaining compliance with Asset Compliance Programs

• Optimizing preventive maintenance on assigned systems and utilizing data/trends to adjust preventive maintenance strategies.

• Leading 4 Diamond Apparent Cause (AC) evaluations for equipment problems.

• Providing remote monitoring support (deep dive review and response).

• Providing overhaul, refurbishment planning, and shop/field oversight for projects as needed.

• Providing Work Management Support

◦           Prioritize open Notifications and Work Orders.

◦           Ensure open work orders are appropriately scheduled to ensure system reliability.

◦           Assist in outage and work window planning.

• Coordinating Capitalized Emergency Equipment needs.

• Acting as Project Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and/or Sponsor for projects.

• Support Dam Safety projects and regulatory requirements.



Primary working location will be based out of Bay City area, or as determined by the Generation Planning Environmental and Hydro Manager supporting hydro assets primarily on the east side of the state; however work may also be assigned as needed on the west side of the state.  Work location is flexible with prior approval from manager.



Required Qualifications


  • A Bachelor's degree in engineering from an ABET accredited program as set forth in the Engineers Council for Professional Development.
  • At least 4 years of applied ABET engineering experience or equivalent.



Preferred skills:

  • Previous working experience with Hydro plants
  • Hydraulics/Hydrology, concrete/steel, geotechnical, or risk based informed decision-making experience with hydro facilities
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office and computer analysis programs
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analysis skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, organize and set work priorities
  • Demonstrated technical writing skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Demonstrated ability to manage/work on multiple projects and competing demands at one time
  • Demonstrated ability to select which project to execute given limited resources



Essential Functions


The essential job duties are to insure the reliability of all assigned infrastructure and systems at river hydro sites, with potential support at the Ludington Pumps Storage site.  This includes, but is not limited to, performing systems monitoring, performing system health assessments, conducting infrastructure reviews, and supporting operations and maintenance to resolve system and equipment issues. Essential duties also include optimizing preventative maintenance programs, performing apparent cause analysis, supporting and planning major outages, participating in and completing risk assessments, and providing recommendations and plans for reliability, as well as integration with the mechanical and electrical systems engineering decision making process.



Hours and Travel


Primary work location may be Bay City, or as determined by the hiring manager, but supporting generating assets and meetings at all Consumers Energy sites.  Shift work, and occasional weekend and holiday work and overtime (in excess of 45 to 50 hours per week) are required. Work schedule is generally traditional business-like hours, but is driven by needs of service, including electric power demands, market conditions, and business considerations.


Roughly 80% in-state travel for plant infrastructure inspections and interfacing with O&M personnel and contractors is typical. Occasional out-of-state travel is required for inspecting components in supplier shops and attending training seminars.


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. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and move up to twenty 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.  Work in confined spaces, around water, and around heights is typically required. 

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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