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Substation Design Sr Engineer

Date: Jun 11, 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.




This position is within the Substation Design Division of the High Voltage Distribution (HVD) Design Department. This division is responsible for all electric substation layout engineering and design for both high- and low-voltage distribution systems of Consumers Energy.




The Engineer will be a key member of the Substation Design team. The Engineer serves in a lead capacity within the high voltage distribution substation department.  The Engineer will support capital and O&M projects as well as process improvements and other Division objectives.


Job Description / Responsibilities


Engineering tasks include developing designs, scopes documents, drawings, bill of materials, permitting support, etc. to support the electric substation projects. Designs that the Engineer will be involved in includes new substation installations, substation rebuilds, major component replacements, transformer replacements and various maintenance projects.  The successful candidate reviews work of company designers and outside contractors, manage workload, and set priorities among competing interests. They will need to interface at times with many groups including Substation Construction, Instrumentation and Controls, Substation Design - Civil, Planning, Project Management, the Environmental Department, the Permitting Group, and others.


In addition, the Engineer will support Electric Grid Integration Standards department with refinement/development of existing and/or new substation standards, develop Substation Design process improvements, as well as provide presentations and/or training as needed to support ongoing technical development.


Education Requirements


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited college or university.


Minimum of 7+ years of engineering experience required


Preferred skills: 

  • Supervisory experience
  • Advanced degree in engineering
  • Knowledge of substation design
  • Experience working with SAP
  • Experience working in MicroStation
  • Participation in professional and / or technical organizations
  • PE License



Primary location is Jackson-Parnall, flexibility to be remote. 





This position requires someone who has a positive attitude, strong work ethic, is self-motivated, and can motivate/develop others. The position also requires the ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural team environment and with employees of varying technical skills and grade levels.  Additional successful candidate attributes include:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong technical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Related engineering experience preferred
  • Knowledge of industry and building codes as they relate to discipline specific design and construction
  • Experience in reviewing designs to assure compliance with engineering design, applicable codes, constructability, and industry standards


This position will be filled as a Senior Engineer II – Senior Engineer Lead, commensurate with the successful candidate’s education and experience.



Essential Functions


  • Design electric substations to support the operation of the electric utility.
  • Individual possesses the skills to lead, problem solve, and works 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 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 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 fifty pounds.  The recommended maximum weight for employees to lift without the aid of other employees or a lifting device is 35 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 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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