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SR TECHNICIAN

Date: Dec 5, 2018

Location: Manchester, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas.  At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do.  Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us!  Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

 

 

Department Summary

The position reports within the Generation Operations Gas Compression & Storage Technician Department of Generation Operation and Compression. The Field Technician role provides support and maintenance for the Natural Gas Compression, Distribution, Storage, and Transmission systems. The “Natural Gas System” incorporates a wide variety of communication systems, functional controls, instrumentation, and measurement components integrated into a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

 

This position will support the I&C project development and commissioning of the new Freedom Compressor Plant through 2021 in Manchester, Michigan.  During this period, the employee will also be asked to temporarily support other projects across the state as necessary.  At the end of this project, the employee will be required to relocate to a different Gas Transmission headquarter that will serve as their permanent location. The possible locations would be Eastern Metro Detroit (Ray Compression, St. Clair, Macomb), Saginaw, and Muskegon River.

 

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Technician accepts the responsibility and demonstrates the ability to successfully plan, perform, and document periodic MGSS (Michigan Gas Safety Standards) Code Work orders; complete SOX (Witnessing) Inspections, along with performing required testing in accordance with maintenance programs within Generation Operations and Compression.

 

The Technician will have the ability to successfully analyze complex hardwired systems and end devices along with providing programming expertise required to maintain a:

  • Typical compressor station
  • Transmission valve site
  • Distribution metering system

 

During the testing process the Technician will be required to analyze, diagnose, design tests, and provide a recommended solution by means of troubleshooting.

 

Typical systems include:

  • Natural gas engine & compressor controls
  • Wired/wireless RTU SCADA
  • Gas chromatographs
  • Generators
  • Transducers
  • Turbine meters
  • Ultrasonic meters
  • Gas flow computers
  • Regulators
  • Air compressors
  • Relief valves
  • Electronic and pneumatic controllers, motors, indication and limit switches
  • HMI and front end displays

 

The Technician accepts the responsibility to aid with job planning, completion of required systems documentation, perform system checkout functions, and provide technical assistance as required to support the completion of construction projects while functioning alone or while directing other Technicians as necessary.

 

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Two-year associate degree in the requisite scientific or technical field (48 scientific or technical credit hours as measured on a semester basis) is required.
  • PLC Programming experience.

 

The following skills and experience may set you apart from others:

 

  • Advanced troubleshooting skills
  • Allen Bradley PLC programming experience
  • Compressed Air Systems experience
  • Electrical certification or license
  • Electronics and ladder logic computer programming specialty
  • Gas Regulation and Distribution field experience  
  • Good driving record
  • Heater and boiler experience  
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Prior Gas T&S field service experience
  • Proficient with MS Office programs
  • SIXNET experience
  • Valve and Actuator repair experience

 

Essential Functions

  •  Maintains and troubleshoots electrical, electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, and other equipment for compressor stations, gas distribution, and transmission systems.
  • Consults with supervisors, operators, and engineers to review assigned area needs, discuss problems, prioritize work, and provide technical expertise.
  •  Repairs, calibrates and/or programs electronic components.
  • Repairs and/or replaces motor control panels, pump controls, valves, communication cables, and adjustable frequency drives. 
  • Resolves computer problems with process control software.
  • Operates and maintains electronic equipment, diagnostic instruments, and software in performance of assigned duties, specifically: computers, volt meters, amp meters, electrical tools, electronic tools, and telemetering, and process control software.
  • Receives reports, electrical diagrams, and correspondence; reviews, processes or; maintains documentation for reference.
  • Consults with manufacturers' service technicians, contractors, and vendor representatives to discuss problems, schedules installs, and evaluates costs for necessary parts, supplies, or repairs.
  • Performs other related duties as required.  
  • Review, edit, develop, manage, and interpret documents and drawings utilized for the purposes of maintaining, constructing, testing, and removing equipment and facilities for compressor station, and gas distribution and transmission systems.
  • Make design decisions with regard to electronic, electrical, mechanical, civil, and structural aspects of equipment and facilities utilized for compressor station, and gas distribution and transmission. 
  • 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.

 

Hours and Travel

  • Meet travel requirements of the position (up to 50% annually).
  • Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.
  • Must possess 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; 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 test equipment, books, paper, laptop computer, etc., and may require moving materials weighing up to 40 pounds.
Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.
 
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: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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