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Electrical Engineer

Date: Mar 26, 2021

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.




The Electrical Engineer position is eligible for remote work or can be based in any of our Michigan locations. The team location for this position is based in the Parnall Office in Jackson, MI.




Located within the Gas Compression Engineering department, project engineering is responsible for the engineering deliverables for both modifications and new construction projects concerning the natural gas compression fleet.; Electrical and I&C Engineering works closely with project managers, engineers of all disciplines, plant engineers, environmental engineers, plant operations and maintenance personnel, outage managers, construction managers, architectural & engineering firms, contracted labor, and vendor representatives to ensure quality projects are completed safely, on time, and on budget.


Employees in this department provide leadership, sound engineering judgement, organizational skills and clear communication to coordinate successful completion of a project.




The Electrical Engineer will work in the Compression Engineering Department and will support Consumers Energy’s natural gas compression facilities for the discipline of electrical engineering across the State of Michigan. The Electrical Engineer works in a team setting in the role of lead and/or support engineer for engineering projects within Consumers Energy.


The Electrical Engineer will perform moderately complex assignments requiring application of standard techniques, theory, procedures and criteria in carrying out a sequence of related engineering tasks. The candidate must independently evaluate, select, and apply engineering theory, techniques, procedures and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications. The Electrical Engineer will be required to work efficiently and effectively on small and large project teams.


This position is primarily focused on electrical engineering, but candidate should have some knowledge of the principles of instrumentation and controls (I&C) engineering.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Develop and/or review engineering drawings and calculations that detail plans and specifications for construction projects.
  • Communicate effectively with a vast group of stakeholders to ensure all electrical and I&C technical aspects of the project are completed per the safety, scope, quality, schedule, and budgetary objectives.
  • Identify, analyze, and recommend corrective actions to technical issues identified in the field during project execution and/or initial operation.
  • Develop and/or review electrical and I&C engineering technical specifications and bid documents for construction service contracts.
  • Perform field engineering and support the resolution of construction issues.
  • Assist project management and project controls with the development of project schedules and budgets.
  • Attend and/or lead project coordination meetings.
  • Participate in the closeout of projects including turnover of project files and record documents at project closure; captures lessons learned.
  • Collaborate directly with procurement groups, construction contractors, and vendors with scope development, material evaluations & recommendations, technical issue resolutions.   


Skills / Abilities include:


  • Self-motivation, analytical, communication and interpersonal, leadership, organizational, problem solving, and troubleshooting.
  • The individual must also exhibit willingness, and the ability, to accept and adapt to changing priorities due to emergent work or outages.




  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited program as set forth in the Engineers Council for Professional Development.
  • At least 7+ years of Electrical Engineering or Instrument Control Engineering experience




  • Experience within an industrial type plant.
  • Knowledge of the design, construction, or operation of gas compressor stations.
  • Project management experience including safety, leadership, schedule logic and implementation, procurement, and construction means and methods.
  • Knowledge of industry and building codes as they relate to discipline specific design and construction.
  • Knowledge of planning and permitting as they relate to discipline specific design and construction.
  • Experience in reviewing designs to assure compliance with engineering design, applicable codes, constructability, and industry standards.
  • Experience in procurement of engineered material, equipment, and professional services.
  • Experience in coordinating and developing contract documents, specifically engineering drawings and technical specifications, for both consulting and construction services.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) License.
  • Experience in Lean and/or a working understanding of lean manufacturing environments.




  • Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Natural Gas compression stations, as well as facilities and ancillary support process for all utility operations.
  • Ability to lead, problem solve, and work well in a team environment. 
  • 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. Serve as onsite project representative.
  • Provide all engineering services in a legal and ethical manner; and, 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. 
  • Reviews operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the 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. 
  • 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.
  • Resolve all customer complaints in a timely manner.
  • Regular attendance is expected.




The average travel time for this position is 50% and would depend on project workload. This position requires travel to all Consumers Energy compressor stations, other facilities and pipeline project sites. The role will be required to travel in-state routinely to Consumers Energy has facilities all around the lower peninsula of Michigan.


This position requires that the individual works a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 50% of their time spent in the office or specific field locations. Travel is required to job sites and project meetings and could be significant depending upon location. Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with plant outages. Individuals may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to support projects or plant outages which may require overnight stays. Individuals must have a valid driver’s license.




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.


The Electrical Engineer must be able to tolerate a heavy industrial environment. The Electrical Engineer should be able to climb stairs and/or fixed ladders to elevated platforms, able to enter/crawl into small/tight spaces (access hatches) and be able to walk a rough construction grade as required.


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. The recommended maximum weight for employees to lift without the aid of other employees or a lifting device is 35 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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