Cooperative Assistant -Technician Internship

Date: Aug 28, 2023


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 6.8 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.


Who we are:

The Technician Internship Program is geared toward current college students who have an interest in Consumers Energy and the energy industry.  The Technician Internship Program at Consumers Energy has core principles of skill development, ability enhancement, and knowledge application – experience designed to be complementary to traditional classroom instruction.


We are looking for:

Current college students of all levels will work as part of a larger team to provide hands-on support and/or design & development for various technical aspects of our business.  This could include work in energy delivery – electric engineering, energy delivery – gas engineering, energy operations, and more – all while helping create a better tomorrow for the communities we serve!

In addition to working alongside full time employees carrying out the technician function for Consumers Energy, Technician Interns will have the option to participate in several additional optional events within the program. This includes intern networking events, company tours, and the consistently top-ranked philanthropic event, the Intern Challenge. 


Technician Intern assignments may include opportunities in:

  • Electric GIS Operations
  • Electric Distribution Design Team
  • Gas Metering and Regulation Engineering Team
  • Gas Distribution Pipeline Engineering Team
  • Gas Transmission Pipeline Engineering Team
  • Electric Field Laboratory
  • Land Services Survey


What you may do:

  • Consult with supervisors, operators, and engineers to review assigned area needs
  • Discuss problems, prioritize work, and provide technical expertise.
  • Review, edit, develop, manage, and interpret documents and drawings utilized for the purposes of maintaining, constructing, testing, and removing facilities from the Company’s gas and electric systems. 
  • Assist with technical projects as a technician to include design support, creation of engineering drawings, inspections, system planning, specifications, reports, maps, environmental impacts, permits, contracts, schedules, estimates, surveying, easements, data collection, construction observation, and field investigation. 
  • Provide technical 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. 
  • Provide all technical services in a legal and ethical manner.
  • Reviews operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the design documents.


There are so many new, exciting opportunities in the utility industry. It’s a very exciting time for Consumers Energy; come be a part of history – and fun!


IMPORTANT NOTE: This posting does not represent a specific position and is posted for the purpose of collecting resumes for students interested in a Technician opportunity with Consumers Energy. Opportunities could include summer 2024 Internships, fall or spring co-op, part-time year-round co-op, etc.


Due to the nature of this posting, and alignment to the recruitment season, applications will be collected from  August through mind-November. Responses to your application may be delayed due to the extended application period. The best way to stand out is to connect with us through virtual events or company held networking opportunities and social media.


We encourage you to apply if you possess the following:



  • Actively enrolled and pursuing a 2-year Associates Degree in a science or technical field, working toward completion of 48 scientific or technical semester credit hours
  • Minimum GPA requirement of 2.7 or higher
  • A valid driver’s license


The following skills and experiences may set you apart:

  • Hands-on experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with CAD systems
  • Knowledge of MS Outlook is ideal
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to new assignments and projects
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills are critical
  • Must possess the attitude and aptitude to learn new skills and concepts
  • Ability and willingness to work independently or as part of a team in order to complete tasks
  • Prior work and/or internship experience is a plus


This role may require reporting to an assigned headquarters.  Leaders will discuss the work arrangements which best fit the nature of the work along with overall business needs.


For consideration, please remember to upload your College Transcript(s) [official OR unofficial] and supporting documentation into the "Supporting Documents" section of your application.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: 

We, at CMS Energy, value Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. It is part of our DNA. We treat our employees with respect, we treat each other fairly and we value the opinions of others. We are passionate about building and nurturing an environment where everyone feels included. We don’t discriminate. We seek to learn about each other and better understand our unique differences. Our uniqueness makes us authentic. We create safe spaces where everyone can be who they truly are. We invite difficult conversations and uncomfortable topics. We value diverse perspectives; this is what makes us great together. We harbor an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. Our Employee Resource Groups, Women’s Advisory Panel (WAP), Women’s Engineering Network (WEN), Minority Advisory Panel (MAP), Pride Alliance of Consumers Energy (PACE), GENERGY, capable, Interfaith and Veterans Advisory Panel (VAP) are key enablers to living the values of our company culture: Caring, Empowered, Deliberate, Agility, and Ownership.



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, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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