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Consumers Energy Civil Substation Designer in Jackson, 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

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 engineering and design for both the high- and low-voltage distribution systems of Consumers Energy.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Technician will complete civil / structural designs for substations of varying complexity utilizing MicroStation CAD software, system standards and through interpretation of existing / new drawings. The majority of employee's work to be completed in office but some field work will be required. Drafting Experience is required utilizing MicroStation or AutoCAD etc. 3D site design experience is a plus specifically utilizing MicroStation InRoads or AutoCAD Civil 3D. Previous experience implementing design standards and selecting appropriate substation civil materials is preferred.

Primary responsibility of the position:

Includes the completion of substation civil drawings including but not limited to foundation layouts, steel layouts and details, site restoration and grading. Material selection will also be required utilizing standards. 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). Additionally, requirements are to support storm restoration in a designated role. This position’s preferred location is in Jackson, Michigan. Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.


Candidate must possess a two-year associate degree, or higher in the requisite scientific or technical field (48 scientific or technical credit hours as measured on a semester basis). Civil Design Background (preferred).

For further consideration, please remember to upload your College Transcript(s) [official OR unofficial] and supporting documentation into the "Supporting Documents" section of your Application

Essential Functions

  • 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, schedule installs, and evaluate 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 plant, electric 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 plant, electric, 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.

  • Be able to analyze complex problems, recommend alternatives and take corrective action.

Hours and Travel

Meet travel requirements of the position. Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.

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. Internal (employee) applicants must be in his/her current position for a minimum of twelve months to be eligible for this vacancy, unless otherwise approved by his/her Officer.

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.