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Facilities & Design Mechanical Engineer

Date: Dec 2, 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.


Department Summary


The Facilities Engineering and Design team has overall responsibility for maintaining the standards, design and professional oversight throughout construction phases for new facilities/buildings.  The team is also responsible for any on-demand maintenance of Consumers Energy facilities.  The small team serves as subject matter experts (SMEs) for all electrical and mechanical operations and ensures adherence to NERC/FERC requirements.


Job Description/Responsibilities


As a member of the Facilities Engineering and Design staff, the Facilities Mechanical Engineer is responsible for all engineering functions required to manage the corporation's mechanical system assets. This includes but not limited to analysis and design of mechanical systems, consulting, troubleshooting mechanical operating systems, preparation of mechanical system Preventive Maintenance Procedures, writing performance specifications, writing system design criteria, certain mechanical system inspection processes, drawing reviews, and selected construction management duties. The position also includes life cycle cost evaluations, long-range strategic planning support functions, budgeting and scheduling activities, and preparation of annual objectives and work plans.


Key Responsibilities include:


  • Coordinate with project team members/stakeholders to ensure all work is properly assigned and conducted
  • Provide professional oversight of engineers, both internal and contracted resources, to ensure standards and designs are met.
  • Responsibility for the oversight, supervision, planning, organization, control, integration, and completion of mechanical engineering work.                                                   
  • Performs technical studies, design review of specifications and technical plans, construction compliance with design, quality assurance, commissioning and testing; making decisions independently and applying intensive knowledge of engineering principles and practices in the mechanical field. Subject Matter Expert for Facilities mechanical & Plumbing systems and mechanical engineering solutions.
  • Responsible for HVAC programs for all service centers and corporate facilities – including inspection and service contract oversight, reviews of PM procedures for accuracy and completeness, site visits for quality control and training purposes, and consultation with maintenance personnel when problems and/or questions arise.
  • Proactively communicate with leadership
  • Manage multiple projects, initiatives and activities
  • Identify, analyze and recommend corrective actions to technical issues identified during project execution or initial operation.
  • Plans and formulates HVAC engineering operational standards and develops preventive maintenance procedures for HVAC Systems statewide.
  • Perform benchmarking evaluation of utility costs statewide. 
  • Regularly visit project sites to review project status, perform project site walk downs, perform job safety and quality observations, review project status, etc.


Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited university
  • 4+ years of experience as an engineer
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Projects and PowerPoint
  • Experience with AutoCAD
  • Knowledgeable of the design, construction, or operation of facilities
  • 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, industry and CE standards
  • Experience in procurement of engineered material, equipment and professional services


Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional Engineer License highly preferred
  • LEED Professional Accreditation (LEED AP BD+C)
  • Experience in light industrial or commercial building systems
  • Experience with REVIT
  • Experience with Work Management Systems (e.g. SAP, Oracle, etc.)
  • Masters or other advanced degree, ideally in Mechanical Engineering


The position is located at the corporate headquarters in Jackson, MI and requires travel to Consumers Energy facilities located throughout Michigan, Hybrid option is available. During the first 3 months of hire the selected candidate will be required to report to Jackson, MI.




Essential Functions


Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of systems as well as facilities and ancillary support process for all utility operations. Duties and who this individual reports 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.


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 hours during storm restoration efforts.





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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