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Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: LIVONIA, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

CMS Enterprises owns and operates independent power generating plants, natural gas assets and an energy marketing group for the non-utility segment of CMS Energy's business.  We are proud of our strong history of reliably serving our utility, municipal, commercial and industrial customers. To learn more about CMS Enterprises business, please visit   

At CMS Enterprises, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture which 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 part of 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.


This position is responsible for operating a wood receiving yard for the purpose of collection and processing biomass fuel to be utilized at a wood fired power plant. 


This position will be located at the CMS Enterprises Mid-Michigan Recycling receiving yard located in Livonia, Michigan. Shift is 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend work.


Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Operate the wood receiving yard store front and provide customer service.
  • Inspect, receive, reject, unload, sort out undesirable material, and stage incoming wood in piles for processing.   
  • Track yard activity through writing of tickets, paperwork, and computer entries. 
  • Handle cash, credit card, and charge account, payments from customers. 
  • Operate heavy equipment including wheel loaders and excavators for the purpose of staging wood into piles. 
  • Maintain the appearance of the receiving yard. 
  • Maintain a clean and safe work area including mobile office, storage areas, and heavy equipment. 
  • Perform inspection and maintenance activities on heavy equipment in accordance with established schedules or as needed. 
  • Prepare and make regular deposits to the bank. 
  • Oversee yard activity including employees or contractors on site. 
  • Maintain a safe work environment through job planning and identification and correction of hazards, and adherence to safety and procedures. 
  • Occasional travel to work at other company sites required. 
  • Performs all other related duties as required.
  • DOR/WOR Report out to supervisor on performance KPI’s

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operate a horizontal wood grinder, excavator, and wheel loader
  • Perform and fill out daily inspection forms for equipment being operated
  • Perform regular preventative maintenance on equipment
  • Complete equipment service on time for regular service intervals
  • Cutting of metals with oxygen acetylene torches
  • Welding of metal using flux-cored arc weld (FCAW), shielded metal arc weld (SMAW), and gas metal arc weld (GMAW)
  • Procurement of parts & materials to perform repairs as required on mobile grinding equipment & Yard equipment
  • Maintain cleanliness of mobile chipping machinery and an orderly area of operations
  • Movement of unprocessed and processed materials across challenging operating environments
  • Orderly staging of processed material for pick up by contracted haulers
  • Maintain constant communication (radio) with other yard operators in to ensure the safety of customers and yard personnel
  • Maintain company service truck
  • Maintain in an orderly condition assigned set of company tools on service truck
  • Maintain grade at Yard while processing material to allow for proper run off

Requirements/ Qualifications 

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Proficient with Caterpillar Excavators
  • Proficient with Caterpillar Wheel loaders
  • Basic experience with the service and repair of Caterpillar Heavy Equipment
  • Basic exposure to forestry operations
  • Basic exposure to the welding and cutting of metal in a field environment
  • Basic computing skills with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Basic Use of Smart Phones, Tablets, and Laptop Computers
  • Demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work overtime and weekends, as needed seasonally


Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ Years operating Horizontal Wood Grinders
  • Experience operating Morbark Grinders
  • Intermediate skill with one or more of the following welding techniques FCAW, SMAW, GMAW (maintenance welding)
  • Intermediate skill with Oxygen Acetylene torches
  • A Class A Commercial Driver’s License
  • Morbark Service Tech II Certification
  • DOR/WOR Report out to manager on performance KPI’s 



Physical Demands 


Climbing:  Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.  Body agility is emphasized. 

Stooping:  Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at waist.  Requires full use of lower extremities and back muscles. 

Kneeling:  Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on one knee or both knees.

Crouching:  Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.

Reaching:  Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.  

Sitting:  Sitting upright in the work area to perform duties. 

Crawling:  Positioning the body so that weight is evenly distributed on both hands and knees on a flat surface. 

Standing:  Particularly for sustained periods of time. 

Walking:  Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances. 

Pushing:  Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. 

Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.   

Lifting:  Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.  Requires substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.

Fingering:  Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.

Grasping:  Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. 

Talking:  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.  Those activities which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly. 


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  




Medium Work:

  • Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Visual Acuity Requirements Including Depth Perception & Field of Vision Machine Operator (including inspection) - This is a minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines (including inspection), using measurement devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.


  • The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions:  Protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes.
  • The worker is subject to outside environmental conditions:  Minimal protection from weather conditions and temperature changes.
  • The worker is subject to extreme heat: Temperature above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour during a work shift.
  • The worker is subject to extreme cold: Temperatures below 32 degrees for period of more than one hour during a work shift.
  • The worker is subject to noise: There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.
  • The worker is subject to hazards:  Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, and exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.
  • The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions:  One or more of the following conditions that may affect the respiratory system or the skin:  Fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation.
  • The worker is required to wear personal protective equipment.
  • The worker is subject to prolonged, irregular working hours.


Temperaments applying to this job include:

  • Performing repetitive or short cycle work.
  • Working alone or apart, in physical isolation from others.
  • Working under specific instructions.
  • Dealing with people from multiple functions.
  • Making judgments and decisions.
  • Dealing with changing priorities.
  • Giving direction to others without having formal authority.
  • This job position is part of a very limited size staff which requires dropping the job at hand to work elsewhere in the yard on short notice which adds extra stress to an already stressful daily routine. 

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.

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