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I&C/Distributed Energy Resources Technical Analyst

Date: Jun 8, 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


This position is within the Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Production Division of the DER (Distributed Energy Resources) / I&C department.


The division is responsible for all electric system I&C engineering and design activities for the high- and low- voltage distribution systems of Consumers Energy.


Recent or soon-to-be graduates are encouraged to apply!



Job Description/Responsibilities


The Design Technical Analyst is a team member of the production section of I&C.   The select candidate will be responsible for producing detailed design drawings and supporting documentation to support capital and O&M projects.  Projects will range in scope from new electric substations down to single I&C device modifications and change-outs, as well as smart/intelligent I&C devices on electric lines. These design packages typically contain electric substation one-line WD, schematic, front-view, and detail/switchboard wiring drawings.


Key Responsibilities include:

  • Utilizing MicroStation for drawings with limited drawings in AutoCAD.
  • Produce additional project deliverables which typically will contain detailed bills of materials, circuit lists and other electronic database reports of project deliverables.
  • The Design Technical Analyst may also assist in the scope document process, project cost-estimates, project meetings, AC and DC load analysis, panel check out and closeout estimates.
  • The select candidate may also assist in material evaluation or new technology integration.
  • The employee will spend a significant amount of time utilizing computer based applications with some minimal field work as required.





  • A bachelor's degree from an ABET accredited program, OR an Associates degree with 2+ years of relevant experience, OR extensive company or industry experience in positions that demonstrate required abilities and performance may be acceptable (position may be filled utilizing the Engineering Tech Analyst Job Family).




Preferred skills:

  • Prior electric substation, Instruments & Controls, system protection or industrial (relay or Program Logic Control) controls experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Prior CAD and MicroStation experience a plus.
  • Produce detailed and complex engineering design drawings utilizing computer-aided drafting software within a confined time period supportive of a production-oriented role.
  • Able to work alone (self-motivated) but also work successfully in a team environment with other employees of varying technical skills.
  • Interpret substation equipment wiring diagrams and SCADA point lists.
  • Successfully be able to evaluate design alternatives to determine safest and most economical designs. Willing and able to follow instruction, assist in training of co-workers, and cooperate with other employees and customers.



This position will be located in Jackson- Parnall – option for working remotely may be available



Essential Functions


  • Engineering support for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Electric and Gas Distribution and Electric Generation systems as well as facilities and ancillary support processes for all utility operations.
  • Lead and/or assist with engineering support for the design, plans, specifications, reports, contracts, schedules, estimates, and field investigation. 
  • Provide engineering support services with accuracy, on time and under budget.
  • Use computer assisted engineering, design, and drafting software and equipment to prepare engineering support 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. 
  • Utilize effective communication skills to answer inquiries from coworkers, clients, or the public. Attend internal and external meetings. 
  • Provide all engineering support services in a legal and ethical manner. 
  • Individual must be able to clearly communicate with field personal to safely perform equipment checkouts. 
  • Individual must be able to understand and comply with NERC standards. 
  • Regular attendance is expected. Individuals should exemplify safe work practices and follow the Company’s compliance standards.



Hours and Travel


This position requires the individual work 40 hours per week with 90% of time spent in the office or specific field locations. Individual must be able to support 24/7 on call responsibilities which may include travel to a disaster recovery site.



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. 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 of lifting device is 35lbs.  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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