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Date: Jun 7, 2021

Location: Kalamazoo, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities.  Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.


Department Summary

This Field Leader position supervises Gas Distribution full-time employees who are covered under the Consumers Energy working agreement with the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA). Field Leader will be responsible for Kalamazoo.  


Job Description/Responsibilities

  • Provide direct supervision up to 15 union employees, including the accountability for safe working procedures, compliance with regulations, and engagement of the team
  • Lead Gas Distribution work plan and all aspects of Operations and Maintenance, including safety, operational goals, performance, adherence to standards, employee development, and productivity. 
  • Train and provide technical expertise to gas distribution field employees
  • Positively and frequently interact with customers
  • Direct work activities to meet established work plans and objectives
  • Lead and collaborate with peers, employees and partnering organizations to create/maintain a work environment that reaches common goals of safety, compliance, quality, and productivity



  • A High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
  • 2 years’ experience in gas transmission, gas distribution, gas construction, gas service, or gas compression and storage; OR
  • 2 years’ experience in underground utility operations (e.g., Gas, Electric, Water, Sewer); OR
  • 2 years’ experience as a Consumers Energy field operations field leader (e.g., Electric, Fleet, Facilities, Meter Reading) or plant supervisor (e.g., Production, Fuel, Maintenance); OR


Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-high school education / degree in Business Administration, Construction Management, or similar Proficiency with standard business computer software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • A strong knowledge of the working agreement, safe work practices and previous supervisory experience Natural gas utility experience with a strong mechanical background in maintenance of gas distribution facilities, emergency leak investigation and repair, damage repair and tapping/control work.
  • Leadership experience in making strong decisions
  • A strong history of successful working relationship with peers


Essential Functions

The Field Leader is a responsible for leading employees in the safe and efficient execution of work of assigned underground construction activities. Responsible for the planning, organizing, coordinating, evaluating and supervising the work of employees assigned to the operation and construction of gas systems, customer gas services, buildings and grounds or utility support areas.  Responds to complaints and requests for information on the status of jobs in progress to a high degree of accuracy.  Inspects job sites to check on work progress, assure satisfactory completion and plans new assignments, prepares requisitions for operations and maintenance supplies, equipment and materials and supervises special projects as required.  Conducts regular safety meetings, participates as a member of safety committee; investigates and completes necessary incident reports and accident reports; maintains records, prepares and submits required reports for appropriate agencies.


Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual to work a minimum of 45 hours per week with a majority of the time spent in the field with the remainder in the office.  Individual needs to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with emergent system restoration activities and could be given very short notice to do so. Individual should be willing to participate in the on call rotation in case of potential emergent activities. Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters, which may require overnight stays.  Could potentially work a flexible schedule to meet the demands of the business, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime. Individual 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, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk and 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 field site is often loud.

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: Kalamazoo

Job Segment: Distribution, Gas, Operations, Energy