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Standards Engineering Technical Analyst

Date: Jan 13, 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 Substation Standards section of the Electric Standards Division is responsible for the development and maintenance of substation standards associated with the high and low-voltage distribution systems of Consumers Energy. This section supports technical work on projects ranging in scope from complete new electric substations down to single device modifications and change outs. It also includes smart/intelligent devices installed on electric lines.


Job Description/Responsibilities

The Standards Engineering Technical Analyst is a team member of the Substation Standards section. Primary responsibility of the position is developing new and maintaining the existing I&C Standards being utilized on HVD and LVD substations and lines design projects that are utilized by the DER/I&C Division. This includes, but is not limited to, working with schematics, communication block diagrams, detail wiring/layout drawings, panel/cabinet front views, switchboard wiring diagrams and cell libraries using MicroStation CAD software.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Support and maintain the I&C Standards that are available on the Electric Standards SharePoint site
  • Manage multiple projects or requests regarding I&C Standards work, monitor workload, and provide weekly progress updates
  • Develop new and revise existing standard and non-standard nameplates to be used throughout the I&C Standards
  • Update the I&C Steel Specification Book that shows the various panel assembly/build configurations, as well as, the MK parts used on the I&C Standards; provide regular updates of the I&C Steel Book to the I&C Panel Fabricator
  • Complete drawing revisions to the I&C Blue Book Standards; update I&C Blue Book Standard files on the Electric Standards SharePoint site
  • Design new and revise existing MK parts to support changes in new I&C equipment or material obsolescence; these are to be included in the I&C Steel Specification Book and shared with the I&C Panel Fabricator
  • Develop new and maintain existing I&C Cell Libraries used by the DER/I&C Division
  • Assist in the evaluation of new I&C equipment or replacement devices as material becomes obsolete, and implement in new or existing I&C Standards
  • Review and comment on vendor approval drawings (e.g. breaker, circuit switcher, motor-operated air break switches, etc.), and incorporate in new or existing I&C Standards
  • Participate in discussions with vendors to resolve potential issues on new equipment or standardized drawings used on I&C Standards
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other departments to support meeting objectives and deadlines; interfaces will include DER/I&C, System Protection, Electric Field Lab, HVD Substation, HVD Lines, Panel Fabricators and vendors
  • Develop new and maintain weekly visual management associated with the I&C Standards; identify gaps and develop action plans to reduce or eliminate gaps
  • Continuously improve and identify ways to reduce waste within the I&C Standards by conducting occasional field visits with field technical employees and Panel Fabricator(s), and seek feedback on current fabrication or construction practices being requested in a design package
  • Adhere to the I&C Drafting Standards manual when working on I&C Standards
  • Develop new and maintain existing Standard Work documentation
  • Attend internal and external meetings


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)
  • In lieu of a Bachelor’s degree in EET, a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific/technical field or extensive Company or industry experience in positions that demonstrate required abilities and performance may be considered for placement in the Engineering Technical Analyst job family


The following experience/skills may set you apart from other applicants:

  • Prior MicroStation CAD software, MS Access, MS Excel experience
  • Ability to read electric substation I&C design drawings
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Work successfully in a diverse team environment and with employees of varying technical skills and grade levels
  • Process improvement experience
  • Passion about customer experience delivery
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting projects and priorities simultaneously


The position is located in Jackson, Michigan, at the Parnall Road office.


Essential Functions

Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Electric and Gas Distribution and Electric Generation 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. Regular attendance is required.


Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 90% 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 to assist with storm restoration activities. Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to help with storm restoration, which may require overnight stays. Individual must possess 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.

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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