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Systems Planning Engineer

Date: Apr 13, 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.


The High Voltage Distribution Planning section of Customer & Service Infrastructure within Electric Grid Integration analyzes and plans for the capacity of the Consumers Energy high voltage electrical system (46 kV and above), dedicated customer substations, and power quality monitoring. Large customer satisfaction is maintained by responding to requests for interconnection requirements and costs, along with power quality information. System improvement projects are planned to alleviate system problems that are identified. Planning studies are done to determine requirements and costs to support new interconnections including interconnection of distributed energy resources.


An electrical engineer, preferably with power system analysis training or experience, is needed to perform planning of the electrical system, 46 kV and above, to ensure an adequate and reliable supply of electricity to our customers. As well as support integration of cleaner, leaner, more modular sources of electric supply with electric grid enhancements engineered for customer value.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Assess the 46 kV and above electrical system relative to thermal capacity, voltage, reactive capacity, short-circuit capability, and reliability additions
  • Develop, justify, and propose system improvement projects to meet compliance, planning criteria, customer needs, and reliability goals
  • Analyze and coordinate large customer projects, transmission company interconnections, and other utility additions
  • Study and coordinate generator interconnections including various distributed energy resources and renewable energy such as wind, solar, and battery storage.
  • Oversee initiated capital projects, including schedule, cost, and scope while interfacing with various areas including, System Protection, Lines Design, Substation Design, I&C, Real Estate, Construction, Operations, and Project Management
  • Meet with customers to discuss their technical and electrical supply needs
  • Work with large amounts of data and provide concise reports


Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited program as set forth in the Engineers Council for Professional Development 




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. Serve as onsite project representative.  Reviews operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the design documents.  Regular attendance is expected.


Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 85% 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 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; 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. 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.


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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