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Transmission Pipeline Sr Engineer

Date: Jan 12, 2022


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, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions on our natural gas system.


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.





Consumers Energy Transmission Enhancements for Deliverability and Integrity (TED-I) Team is seeking a Transmission Pipeline Sr. Engineer. This position can be based out of the following Michigan locations:  Jackson (Parnall Office), Flint, Lansing or Saginaw, and is eligible for a hybrid work model.




The Transmission Pipeline Sr. Engineer is responsible for the engineering and design of Gas Transmission pipelines, including the lowering of gas pipelines and relocations, emergency valve replacements, and other compliance-driven pipeline projects. Transmission Pipeline Engineering also provides engineering, field, and technical expertise to other departments. This position will directly manage a team of 4 exempt engineers.


Key Responsibilities include:


  • Serving as primary Project Engineer on a wide variety of transmission pipeline projects, including valve replacements, pipe replacements and relocations, pipeline lowering, and other projects performed in support of pipeline safety, deliverability, integrity, and compliance.
  • Interfacing with internal and external contacts in order to execute transmission pipeline projects, including but not limited to Project Management, Project Controls, Supply Chain, Operations, Pipeline Integrity, Gas Control, and Real Estate.
  • Execution of engineering-specific project tasks, such as pipeline design, material selection, scope document creation, submission of purchase and service requisitions, project outage procedures, emergency plan revisions, drawings review, and field technical support.
  • Collaborating on, and providing input to, Consumers Energy’s own engineering specifications, engineering standard revisions, approved materials, and established processes.
  • Performing engineering studies related to pipeline safety, including external loading, buoyancy, and maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP).
  • Supporting studies related to field-identified changes in population density, construction, depth of cover, and other pipeline issues.
  • Conducting project site walk-downs, coordinating meetings, and providing project/program updates to Consumers Energy management and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).
  • Establishing and strengthening the transmission pipeline engineering department commitment as Trusted Energy Partner for internal and external customers.
  • Helping to develop the strategic plan for transmission pipeline asset relocation.
  • Supporting other transmission pipeline engineering activities as needed.




The Transmission Pipeline Sr. Engineer role may be filled as a Sr. Engineer II based on the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited university
  • A Minimum of seven (7) or more years of applied engineering working experience including Natural Gas Pipeline Design




  • Professional Engineer (PE) License, or Engineer in Training with the goal of becoming a PE
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering degree from an ABET accredited university
  • Knowledge and/or experience in utility operations, preferred in Gas Operations 
  • The ability to meet and manage multiple deadlines         
  • Excellent communication skills  
  • The ability to solve complex problems, taking new perspectives using existing solutions  
  • Proficiency in SAP, Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.        
  • Knowledge of ASME B31.8, 49 CFR 192, and the Michigan Gas Safety Standards 
  • Knowledge and application of regulatory compliance and utility trends   
  • Experience mentoring employees and leading teams      




This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 80% 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 (including nights and weekend/holiday timeframes) to meet deadlines, resolve emergent operational restrictions, 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. 




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.

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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