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Electrical, Instrumentation and Control Engineer

Date: Jan 29, 2019

Location: Jackson, 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.


Department Summary:


Metering & Regulation Engineering Electrical, Instrumentation and Control (M&R EIC) is responsible for engineering and design of Electrical, Instrumentation and Control systems installed at gas regulator stations, valve sites and City Gates, as well as odorizers and large customer meters.  M&R EIC also provides field and technical support for our partners in M&R Operations.


Job Description/Responsibilities:


As a Project Engineer, your role would include, but may not be limited to the following responsibilities:


  • Project engineering and design
  • Product/process research
  • Field technical support
  • Support and engineering of large customer meter stands
  • Standards or manual feedback
  • Special projects such as specification ownership, process change management. 


In addition, the Engineer:


- Frequently coordinates with other internal departments including; Operations, Supply Chain, Project Management, Project Controls, Customer Account Managers, Customer Deliverability, Meter Technology Center, Warehousing, Gas Control and others.

- Must coordinate and communicates with multiple internal and external groups and / or service providers.  Examples of this work may include replacement of a specific component at a regulator station or City Gate, or may be as complex as a rebuild of an entire odorizer or station that has contract engineering, design and construction services required.

- Should exemplify safe work practices and follow the company’s compliance standards. 

- Leads and/or assists 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. 

- Provides planning, design, construction, and maintenance of electrical power, instrumentation and control systems located at Natural Gas facilities and ancillary support process for all utility operations. Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, Practice Areas, and offices.

- Provides engineering services with accuracy, integrating all applicable governmental and company laws, standards and procedures on time and under budget.

- Uses computer assisted engineering, design, and drafting software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents. 

- Understands and follows company established standard procedures for file structure and standard drawing procedures for projects 

- Becomes familiar with plans and specifications, maps, and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately. 

- Utilizes 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.

- Attends internal and external meetings. 

- Provide all engineering services in a legal and ethical manner.

- Resolves all customer complaints in a timely manner.

- Serves as onsite project representative. 

- Reviews operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the design documents.

- Applies an intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields; makes decisions independently on engineering problems and methods; and represents the organization in meetings to resolve important questions. 


The Engineer role requires the use of advanced techniques and the modification and extension of theories, precepts and practices of his/her field and related sciences and disciplines. In addition, the desired candidates has the:


- Ability to independently evaluate, select & apply engineering theory. 

- Knowledge and/or experience in utility operations

- Knowledge and/or experience with National Electrical Code/NFPA 70 and Electrical System Design/Installation

- Application of utility business model

- Ability to solve complex problems; taking new perspectives using existing solutions

- Skill in supervisory practices/application

- Knowledge and application of utility trends

- Excellent communication skills

- Skills to lead, problem solve, and work well in a team environment. 




Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering degree from an ABET accredited program

OR Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited program with 2 years of relevant experience


A candidate with a non-ABET engineering degree may be considered for the Engineering Tech Analyst job family, if accompanied by extensive Electrical, Instrumentation and Control experience.


Hours and Travel:


This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 85% 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 seventy-five 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 hrs during storm restoration efforts.

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.
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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