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Gas Distribution Pipeline Design Lead

Date: Feb 19, 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 Gas Distribution Design Lead is eligible for remote work or can be based in any of our Michigan locations.




The Gas Distribution Pipeline Design Lead will be responsible for the oversight and approval of engineering designs and construction documentation for all Gas Distribution main and service replacements and new business main installations.  This position will be primarily responsible for the emergent workload and further action process, but will also support distribution projects associated with the Natural Gas Delivery Plan (NGDP), formally called Enhanced Infrastructure Replacement Program (EIRP) and Vintage Service Replacement (VSR) program, as well as core programs such as Augment, Civic, Compliance, System Improvement and Pipeline Integrity projects. 


This role will oversee Gas Distribution Projects across the Gas Distribution Service Territory and will collaborate with other Distribution Pipeline Engineering Leads to balance workload. This role will also be responsible for leading a team of design technicians to ensure that cost effective designs are completed on time and at a high level of quality in order to facilitate both customer and company requirements.  At times, the workload may deem it necessary to acquire supplemental contracted design support and the lead will be responsible to manage, oversee and approve this work. 


This position will report to the Gas Distribution Pipeline Engineering West Lead.


Responsibilities include:


  • Supervise Gas Distribution Design Team
    • Review and approve gas distribution project designs
    • Provide leadership on projects and ensure balanced workload across the group
    • Represent Gas Distribution Engineering as a technical expert to other parts of the organization
    • Coordinate alignment among the team to foster statewide consistency
    • Partner with other engineering teams to ensure effectiveness of designs and efficiency in their production
    • Review employee performance, coach, mentor and develop designers on the team
    • Coordinate work movement among internal and external resources
  • Contribute to Gas Distribution Engineering Manual Standards committee to improve standards, ensure compliance and promote design efficiency
  • Lead projects associated with process/technical/compliance improvements, including collaboration and communication with other stakeholder groups
  • Create, monitor and report on metrics related to design timeliness and quality
  • Special project assignments as determined necessary by Gas Engineering and Supply leadership




  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering plus a Professional Engineering (PE) license, and a minimum of two (2) years of work experience in natural gas engineering/design or integrity management

(OR) Bachelor’s degree in engineering and a minimum of four (4) years of work experience in natural gas engineering/design or integrity management.

(OR) A minimum of twelve (12) years of directly related experience in natural gas system engineering/design or integrity management without an engineering degree


OTHER QUALIFICATIONS – These will set you apart


  • Knowledge of federal and state gas codes
  • Working knowledge of gas distribution system and design standards
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to lead a team of highly technical, diverse employees




This position requires the individual to work 40 to 50 hours per week with 85% of time spent in the primary work location and 15% at specific field locations in the state of Michigan.  This role can work remote however travel is required, but not limited to, job sites, department meetings and field review/support meetings which may take place prior to or during construction.  Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines.




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.

  • Regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear.
  • Frequently required to stand and walk
  • Often required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • Perform duties involve moving materials weighing up to 10 pounds on a regular basis such as pumps, valves, motors, gauges, other operating or lab equipment, books, paper, laptop computer, etc., and may require moving materials weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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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