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Senior Electrical Systems Engineer

Date: Nov 22, 2021

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.


General Summary


As an Electrical Systems Engineer, you will have the overall responsibility for the reliability and life cycle management of electrical systems and equipment to ensure assets are operating to meet the safety, reliability, and compliance goals of the company.  This job requires high individual motivation in a team-oriented environment. Individual work assignments will be based on the employee's educational background and Consumers Energy business needs.


Duties and Knowledge


  • Providing support to plant operations, maintenance, and engineering to help resolve system and equipment problems.
  • Assessing systems in accordance with the System Health Assessment Process
  • Developing and maintaining system history for key systems.
  • 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, equipment and 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 equipment 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; and providing input to the Financial Planning Processes.
    • Maintaining short-term and long-term system plans.
  • Maintaining compliance with Asset Compliance Programs such as NERC Reliability and Cyber Security, Dam Safety, Gas Code, Arc Flash, etc.
  • Optimizing predictive monitoring programs, evaluating data (routine performance testing, operational trends, vibration analysis, thermal (IR) analysis, oil analysis, etc.), and taking appropriate actions based on results.
  • Optimizing preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and utilizing data/trends to adjust PM strategies.
  • Leading Root Cause Analysis (RCA) for equipment problems.
  • Providing remote monitoring support (deep dive review and response).
  • Providing overhaul, refurbishment planning, and shop/field oversight for equipment as needed.
  • Providing recommendations for spare parts inventories for system equipment.
  • Providing Work Management Support
    • Assisting Plant and Production Engineers to prioritize Notifications and Work Orders.
    • Ensuring open work orders are appropriately scheduled to ensure system reliability.
    • Assisting in outage and work window planning.
  • Coordinating Capitalized Emergency Equipment needs.
  • Acting as Project Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and/or Sponsor for projects.
  • Coordinating NERC relay testing.
  • Leading annual insurance inspections (FM Global).



  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Equivalent Degree.
  • 5 years relevant experience.
  • 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.
  • Valid driver’s license.




  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Wind Generation
  • Hydroelectric Generation
  • Medium and Large Voltage Industrial Motors
  • Medium and Low Voltage Switchgear
  • High and Medium Voltage Transformers
  • Utility grade Emergency Power Systems
  • Generators
  • Protective Relaying
  • Environmental Quality Controls


Hours and Travel


Primary work location is Jackson, MI, but supporting generating assets and meetings at all Consumers Energy sites. Shift work, and occasional weekend and holiday work and overtime are required. Work schedule generally traditional business-like hours, but is driven by needs of service, including electric power demands, market conditions, and business considerations. Roughly 50% in-state travel for plant equipment 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.

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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