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Date: Jan 12, 2023

Location: GRAYLING, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

CMS Enterprises owns and operates independent power generating plants, natural gas assets and an energy marketing group for the non-utility segment of CMS Energy's business.  We are proud of our strong history of reliably serving our utility, municipal, commercial and industrial customers. To learn more about CMS Enterprises business, please visit   



The Grayling Generating Station plant is a 38 MW biomass-fueled renewable energy power plant that produces electricity. The fuel consists primarily of bark and sawdust from local lumber mills and the non-marketable biomass from lumbering operations.


The power produced supports the health of the forests, mitigates greenhouse gases (is “carbon neutral”), conserves landfill space and supports the electric grid in northern Michigan.  The electric output is sold pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement with Consumers Energy Company.  This facility can produce enough electricity to power approximately 38,000 homes.  Commercial operation began in 1992.


This is a non-union position with NorthStar Clean Energy, the unregulated side of CMS Energy, and is not a position of employment with Consumers Energy.


Job Responsibilities

This section in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor including:

  • Operates assigned control systems including distributed control, water, steam turbine generator and related components in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Maintains assigned control systems to ensure proper operations; performs routine equipment maintenance, safety checks, inspections and adjustments, as required.
  • Takes measurements and readings and compares with standards. 
  • Implements corrective actions within established procedures.
  • Assists chemistry vendor in maintaining the boiler system by adjusting chemical feed, as appropriate, and in monitoring the boiler, cooling water and waste water chemistry; implements corrective actions within established procedures, as required.
  • Inspects and monitors environmental equipment. 
  • Provides equipment cleaning, filter changes and calibration gas adjustments.
  • Identifies and reports problems to the Lead Control Room Operator.
  • Logs equipment operating data in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Responds to alarms in a timely manner; operates necessary equipment to effectively respond to critical situations.
  • Performs maintenance activities during plant outages and minor maintenance on shift as required.
  • Operates mobile equipment located throughout the plant to maintain efficient operations.
  • Maintains a safe work environment through job planning, housekeeping, and adherence to plant safety rules and procedures, and identification and correction of hazards.
  • Maintains a clean and orderly work area.
  • Responds to incipient fire/spill situations according to developed procedures.
  • Insures the safe loading/unloading of bulk chemistries on site.
  • Inspects bulk chemical storage according to established schedule and maintains bulk storage areas according to established procedures.
  • Performs other comparable and related duties, as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma OR GED
  • Power plant experience
  • Thorough knowledge of all plant systems and understanding of process and electrical diagrams, plant procedures and measurement standards
  • Ability to work overtime, as well as rotating schedule including nights and weekends


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to use analytical judgment to plan and perform diversified work, making decisions within prescribed limitations
  • Ability to effectively communicate with co-workers and take direction from others
  • Biomass experience
  • Power Plant Operator qualification
  • Biomass Fuel Supply Operator
  • Associate's Degree


Why should you join our team?

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.

What we offer:

  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • 401k with company match
  • Paid parental leave
  • Up to 13 paid Holidays
  • Paid time off
  • Educational Assistance Program

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: 

We, at CMS Energy, value Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. It is part of our DNA. We treat our employees with respect, we treat each other fairly and we value the opinions of others. We are passionate about building and nurturing an environment where everyone feels included. We don’t discriminate. We seek to learn about each other and better understand our unique differences. Our uniqueness makes us authentic. We create safe spaces where everyone can be who they truly are. We invite difficult conversations and uncomfortable topics. We value diverse perspectives; this is what makes us great together. We harbor an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. Our Employee Resource Groups, Women’s Advisory Panel (WAP), Women’s Engineering Network (WEN), Minority Advisory Panel (MAP), Pride Alliance of Consumers Energy (PACE), GENERGY, capable, Interfaith and Veterans Advisory Panel (VAP) are key enablers to living the values of our company culture: Caring, Empowered, Deliberate, Agility, and Ownership.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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