Consumers Energy Metropolitan Underground Electric Field Leader in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Department Summary

The successful candidate will work from the Grand Rapids, Michigan office. This position provides the leadership for OM&C employees performing maintenance, construction and repairs of metropolitan underground equipment in the downtown Grand Rapids area and will be expected to fill in on a temporary basis for other substation maintenance supervisors as needed. The individual will be expected to coordinate with various internal departments and provide weekly work schedules to Distribution Control in support of work activities and outage planning. Candidate must have the ability to learn and utilize technology in support of maintenance activities, and be capable of promoting and supporting safe practices, procedures and employee behaviors. Must also have the ability to understand and administer the provisions of the working agreement.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Metropolitan Underground Electric Field Leader:

  • Will typically supervise 4-15 bargaining unit Substation Maintenance employees.

  • May also be involved in managing and monitoring work performed by non-company employees.

  • Will be responsible for work which involves a mixture of standard to advanced supervisory and operating responsibilities.

  • In addition to responsibilities for lower rated positions, is responsible for managing successful headquarter business operations in a cost effective fashion while maintaining a safe work environment and balancing the needs of the customer and company.

  • Develops direct reports in both business knowledge and technical skills; plans and prudently manages the scope, schedule and cost of construction projects; applies a thorough understanding of policy coupled with leadership skills to resolve process and employee issues; has a thorough understanding of the Working Agreement and is adept at dealing with local union leadership.

  • Initiates and leads change to improve results.

  • Professionals in this role have the ability to perform effectively and efficiently in routine and non-routine/emergency situations with minimal guidance.

  • Responsibilities include supervision of substation maintenance employees, on-call assignments, management of project work including job site reporting, and working extended hours during restoration activities.

  • The ideal candidate will be safety focused and experienced in construction methods with the ability to accurately estimate hours required to complete complex projects.

  • This position requires demonstrated knowledge of safe work practices and procedures; in-depth knowledge of electric metropolitan underground operations and construction; demonstrated leadership capabilities including the capacity to lead change efforts in a competitive business environment; and demonstrated capacity to direct both company and non-company resources in both routine and non-routine or emergency operations.

Note this position may be required to work afternoon and weekend shifts to support the OM&C workforce


  • A high school diploma / GED is required.

  • The Metropolitan Underground Electric Field Leader requires technical knowledge in electric transmission, distribution and metering gained either through a technical field of study and/or through related work experience.

  • Working outside of normal work hours and responding to customer emergencies during anytime of the day, including evenings and weekends is required.

The following may set you apart:

  • A Bachelor's degree in a related field or electric lines on-the-job training.

  • Three years of related field utility experience.

Candidates without previous field leader experience will be considered as the position will be filled with the most qualified applicant at the appropriate level depending on experience.

Position will be filled from Electric Field Leader I - Electric Field Leader III.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the planning, organization, coordination, evaluation and supervision of employees assigned to the operation, maintenance and construction of electric metropolitan underground systems.

  • Recommends proposed changes and enhancements to systems and facilities operation; responds to complaints and requests for information; prepares and maintains reports of completed job orders and the status of jobs in progress.

  • Inspects job sites to check on work progress, assure satisfactory completion and plans new assignments; prepares requisitions for operations and maintenance supplies, equipment and materials and supervises special projects as required.

  • Conducts regular safety meetings, participates as a member of a safety committee; investigates and completes necessary incident reports and accident reports; maintains records, prepares and submits required reports for appropriate agencies.

  • Implements preventative maintenance programs.

Hours and Travel

  • This position requires the individual to work a minimum of 40 hours per week with a majority of the time spent in the office or specific field locations.

  • Individual needs to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with storm restoration activities and could be given very short notice to do so.

  • 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 emergent or scheduled work which may require overnight stays.

  • Could potentially work a flexible schedule to meet the demands of the customer, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.

  • Individual must have 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 the 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.

  • 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 seventy-five 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 field site is often loud.

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.