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Senior Technician

Date: Jan 6, 2022


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.

Department Summary


The Substation Design & Standards Division are looking to fill two (2) Senior Substation Design Technician positions located in Bay City and Jackson.  All qualified candidates must be located within 60 miles of the Bay City facility OR 60 miles of the Jackson facility.  Both positions work 40 hours a week Monday – Friday with the exception of working storm duty. 


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


Job Description/Responsibilities 


The Sr Substation Design Technician will complete electrical layout and civil / structural designs for distribution substations of varying complexity utilizing MicroStation CAD software. Most of the employee's work to be completed in office, but some field work is required.  


Primary Responsibility of the Position


The completion of electric layout, ground grid layout, foundation layout, steel layout & details, conduit layout and site drawings. Material selection will be required. Other duties may include the inspection of electrical substation spill prevention plans for recertification and giving engineering support to internal and external clients for construction projects designed by the employee (by phone or on-site). Additional requirement is to support storm restoration in a designated role.  Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate. Technician will be responsible for mentoring less experienced designers.




  • 6+ years applicable experience.
  • Candidate must possess a two-year associate degree in the requisite scientific or technical field (48 scientific or technical credit hours as measured on a semester basis). Electrical Background (preferred). The 48 scientific or technical credit hours can be obtained through colleges, technical institutes, licensed apprenticeship programs, trade schools, or military programs.
  • Drafting experience is required.
  • MicroStation or CAD etc. 3D drafting experience is preferred. 


Essential Functions

  • Analyze and resolve a wide variety of work procedures (which may involve the engineering design, work order preparation, field checking, scheduling coordination, material provisioning and ordering, redlining, preparation of “as-builts,”
  • Mentor less experienced designers, provide design support, track or modify design procedures in accordance with changing design standards.
  • Interact with other internal departments to resolve design related issues, and communicate those issues to others, including management and sister departments.
  • Interpret and analyze a wide variety of complex technical/scientific design projects, perform work coordination, and respond to inquiries from other designers. These tasks involve the evaluation of alternative courses of action, recommending and coordinating the appropriate actions through the work process to meet current substation standards and NESC requirements.
  • Coordinate with employees in other departments and/or external vendors to meet any special requirements for the project.
  • The ideal applicant should exhibit exceptional problem solving and teamwork skills.
  • Possess strong computer skills (Windows, Microsoft Office, SAP) and analytical skills
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Can interact with internal and external clients to receive and interpret highly advanced information and data
  • Receives reports, electrical diagrams, and correspondence; reviews, processes, or maintains documentation for reference.
  • Consults with manufacturers' electric field lab, construction coordinators contractors, and vendor representatives to discuss problems, and evaluate solutions for necessary parts, or equipment.
  • Performs other related duties as required.  Reviews, edits, develops, manages, and interprets documents and drawings utilized for the purposes of maintaining, constructing, testing, and removing equipment and facilities for CE’s transmission systems.
  • Makes design decisions with regards to electrical, physical mechanical, civil, and structural aspects of equipment. 
  • Consults with supervisors, operators, technicians, manufacturers, vendors, subject matter experts and engineers to review assigned area needs, discuss problems, prioritize work, and provide technical expertise. 


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; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is often required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 10 pounds on a regular basis such as pumps, valves, motors, gauges, other operating or lab equipment, books, paper, laptop computer, etc., and may require moving materials weighing up to 40 pounds.

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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