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Circuit Engineer

Date: Jan 10, 2022

Location: JACKSON, 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

 

The LVD Engineering department at Consumers Energy produces quality, expert and efficient design services within scope and on-time to internal and external clients, to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers.  LVD Engineering is responsible for utility electrical distribution designs 25kV and below, from distribution substation exits to the customer meter.

 

Job Description/Responsibilities

 

Primarily responsible for electric distribution system design for the Low Voltage Distribution (LVD) Engineering, the LVD Engineering Circuit Engineer will design projects as approved through the LVD Planning department, and as required for new business requests approved through the Customer Energy Management department.

 

The Circuit Engineer is assigned leadership opportunities as well, participating in departmental initiatives, technical reviews and approvals, mentoring of newer employees, and a variety of other leadership and business opportunities.

 

Key Responsibilities in this area include:

  • Design electric distribution systems for customer relocation, capacity projects, failures or reliability improvement projects
  • Design various new business projects, including line extensions (primary, secondary) and services for various customer types (residential, commercial, industrial, developments)
  • Design in a CAD system
  • Review designs of others for quality, constructability, and conformity of standards
  • Lead and participate in special initiatives for continuous improvement in LVD Engineering and cross functionally with other departments.
  • Mentor and train new employees and interns
  • Identify other pole attachments
  • Negotiate with customers to obtain easements, working with the Right of Way department as necessary
  • Work with government entities and our Permitting department for permits
  • Create projects and/or orders and order materials in SAP
  • Communicate work to internal departments (LVD Planning, Forestry, Long and Short-Range Scheduling, Field/Construction, Closeout, etc.)
  • Create billing invoices
  • Obtaining field notes outdoors, and at times, work in remote areas on uneven terrain and/or in difficult-to-access locations

 

Additionally, this LVD Engineering Circuit Engineer role may serve as the Third-Party Coordinator.  That is, the Circuit Engineer is the company representative in negotiations with cities, townships, villages, and engineering firms regarding road relocations, storm sewer rebuilds, bikes paths, and any other governmental agency projects.  This activity requires meeting with agencies and negotiating the extent of this work to minimize Consumers Energy's investment.

 

Required Qualifications

 

  • 2+ years of applicable experience
  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited program.

 

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 report to will fluctuate between projects, Practice Areas, and offices. Individual possesses the skills lead, problem solve, 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.  Regular attendance is expected.

 

Hours and Travel

 

This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 95% 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 fifty 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.

 

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: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor

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