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Date: Jul 17, 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

Consumers Energy Gas Control is part of the Gas Management Services (GMS) department. GMS ensures that natural gas delivered to Consumers Energy customers is uninterrupted and at the lowest possible cost. Gas Control’s primary function is to ensure the safe and effective supply and delivery of natural gas at approximately 30 system interconnections, 150 high pressure transmission regulation stations and 250 high to low pressure distribution regulator stations. Gas Control teams with Consumers Energy field stakeholders from Compression, Storage, Metering and Regulation (M&R) and Pipeline groups to accomplish this role.


Job Description/Responsibilities

The Gas Controller will be responsible for the following:

  • Monitor, control and operate the gas transmission and distribution system in a manner that meets operational needs while following operational policies and procedures.
  • Perform duties as described per 49CFR192.631 and the Consumers Energy Gas Control Room Management (CRM) plan and may perform such duties while under direction of a more senior Gas Controller.
  • Continuously monitors and controls the operation of Gas Transmission, Gas Storage and Gas Distribution Facilities to ensure the overall safety and integrity of the Gas System.

This position is located in Jackson, Michigan at the Parnall Complex.

Due to the training involved with becoming fully functional in the role of Gas Controller, the successful candidate will be ineligible to apply for another internal job posting for the first 48 months of their employment.



  • High School Diploma or GED Degree
  • 1+ years of experience with natural gas or high pressure fluids applications
  • Must be able to obtain the Gas Controller qualification within 6-12 months
  • Prior to the start date, Consumers Energy requires that the successful candidate live no more than 1 ½ hours from his/her Jackson work location. (In accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation’s pipeline and hazardous materials safety administration (PHMSA) control room management fatigue mitigation requirements.)
  • Be able to pass a Background Check / Personal Risk Assessment (PRA) screening.

The following skills or experience will set you apart from others:

  • Experience in gas field or pipeline operations.
  • Experience monitoring and operating high pressure fluid systems using Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
  • Understanding of compressible fluid regulation, flow dynamics and physical characteristics of compressible fluids under varying temperatures and pressures.
  • Completed some college level technical courses and / or have an Associate’s Degree in a technical field.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft databases and spreadsheets.
  • Be willing to work alternating 8, 10 or 12 hour day/evening shifts.
  • Prior Control Room Experience
  • Prior Exempt Experience
  • Essential Functions:
  • Gas Controllers monitor, control and operate the gas transmission and distribution system by following the CRM/regulatory policies and procedures. Conduct system analyses and support services with accuracy. Use computer assisted applications software and equipment to prepare business analysis support documents. Understand and follow Company established standard procedures in order to complete work assignments. Become familiar with business and department plans and related material for job assignments. Gas Controller’s utilize highly technical information and discern system operations and risks in a highly detailed environment under stressful situations. Utilize effective communications skills to answer inquiries and provide leadership to coworkers. Attend internal meetings. Provide business analyses and support services in a legal and ethical manner.
  • Hours and Travel:
  • These positions require that the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week with up to 100% of time spent in the office or at the Gas Controller’s Stations. Shift work can occur on weekends and during holiday periods. Operations and training require minimal travel to alternative job sites from the central office.
  • Special Access:
  • These positions require employee background checks in order to have unescorted access to any gas control room boundaries that are regulated and enforced by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Pipeline Security Guidelines. Employee is subject to random drug testing in accordance with Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) requirements.
  • Physical Demands:
  • 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 and walk. The employee must use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk and hear within the control center, over the phone and over a two-way radio. The employee will be using multiple computers with an associated keyboard and mouse for each. The employee must be able to lift and move up to ten 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. Internal (employee) applicants must be in his/her current position for a minimum of twelve months to be eligible for this vacancy, unless otherwise approved by his/her Officer.
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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