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Consumers Energy Electrical Utility Distribution Designer (LVD Design Technician) in Grand Rapids|Sparta, Michigan

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 Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

The Low Voltage Distribution (LVD) Design department at Consumers Energy produces quality, expert and efficient design services within scope and on-time to internal and external clients, to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers. LVD Design is responsible for utility electrical distribution designs 25kV and below, from distribution substation exits to the customer meter.

Job Description/Responsibilities

Primarily responsible for electric design on the Low Voltage Distribution (LVD) system. The LVD Design Technician will design projects as required through the Customer Energy Management department for new business and LVD Planning department for system improvement.

CEM includes customer Project Coordinators and LVD Planning includes distribution Circuit Owners. These are the two main internal clients of the LVD Design department. Designs flow to Scheduling (and then to Field Construction) for execution in partnership with LVD Planning and CEM.

Key Responsibilities in this area include:

  • Design various new business projects, including line extensions (primary, secondary) and services of various degrees of difficulty and customer types (residential, commercial, industrial, developments)

  • Design electric distribution systems for customer relocation, capacity projects, system failures, reliability projects, and grid modernization.

  • Design in a CAD system

  • Identify other pole attachments

  • Work with the Right of Way department to negotiate with customers in obtaining easements

  • Work with Permitting department to procure permits from governmental agencies

  • Track projects in spreadsheets and/or databases

  • Design projects and order materials in SAP

  • Communicate work to internal departments (LVD Planning, CEM, Forestry, Long and Short-Range Scheduling, Field/Construction, Closeout, etc.)

  • Obtaining field notes outdoors, and at times, work in remote areas on uneven terrain and/or in difficult-to-access locations

    Additionally, the LVD Design Technician role may serve as the Third-Party Coordinator. That is, the LVD Design Technician is the company representative in negotiations with cities, townships, villages, and engineering firms regarding road relocations, storm sewer rebuilds, bikes paths, and any other governmental agency projects. This activity requires meeting with agencies and negotiating the extent of this work in order to minimize Consumers Energy's investment.


  • A 2-year Associate Degree in the requisite scientific or technical field, of which, 48 credit hours must be technical in nature. 48 scientific or technical credit hours as measured on a semester basis; the 48 scientific or technical credit hours can be obtained through colleges, technical institutes, licensed apprenticeship programs, trade schools, military programs, etc.

    Experience in lieu of education may be considered (4+ years)

    Please upload your College Transcript(s) [official OR unofficial] and supporting documentation into the "Supporting Documents" section of your Application

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work as an independent contributor with minimal supervision

  • A valid driver’s license

  • The LVD Engineering department assists with storm and emergency restoration activities and includes both office and field assignments; e mployees must be willing to work additional hours as necessary to assist with storm restoration activities

  • Ability to perform the above-mentioned duties in a safe manner at all times; driving to and from field (including remote) sites is required and the individual must be able to perform this function in all Michigan seasons

  • Electric lines distribution system design or construction knowledge and experience

  • Experience with CAD systems

    Preferred skills

  • Experience with electric utility

  • Successfully completed electric power classes

  • Experience working with SAP

    The location for this position is North Kent Service Center - ability to work remote across zone (Greater Grand Rapids area)

    Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate. Degree requirement may be waived if the applicant has extensive experience in lieu of education.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

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.