Consumers Energy PV Design Engineer in West Olive, 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 the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

Located within the Electric Grid Integration department, Project Engineering is responsible for the engineering deliverables for both modification and new construction projects concerning the electric generating (renewables, hydroelectric, coal, and gas generation) and gas compression fleet. Project Engineering works closely with project managers, engineers of other disciplines, plant engineers, environmental engineers, plant operations and maintenance personnel, outage managers, construction managers, Architectural & Engineering firms, contracted labor, and vendor representatives to ensure projects are completed safely, on time, and on budget. Employees in this department provide leadership, sound engineering judgement, organizational skills, and clear communication to coordinate the successful completion of projects.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The primary role will be to support the growing renewable energy projects, specifically the design and installation of solar energy systems. The Solar Project Engineer is responsible for engineering, design, and delivery of grid connected solar photovoltaic systems (including rooftop, carport, and ground mounted arrays) on time and on budget. This position does not support a continuous process but rather works on projects from start to finish and then begins a new project. As a result the daily, monthly, and yearly routines will be very diverse.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Solar project development support including site feasibility studies, conceptual engineering design, and cost estimating support. Solar plant layout, simulation, and modeling.

  • Develop and maintain engineering standards for solar equipment, design, and construction.

  • Develop and/or review engineering drawings and calculations that detail plans and specifications for construction projects.

  • Develop and/or review supervisory control and data acquisition systems for local and remote control or monitoring of solar power plants.

  • Coordinate with the Information Technology department regarding changes to the corporate network, cyber and physical security systems, data servers, and other interfacing applications.

  • Support testing and commissioning of new solar generation facilities.

  • Communicate effectively with a vast group of stakeholders to ensure all technical aspects of the projects are completed per the safety, scope, schedule, and budgetary objectives.

  • Identify, analyze, and recommend corrective actions to technical issues identified in the field during project execution and/or initial operation.

  • Develop and/or review electrical engineering technical specifications and bid documents for construction service contracts.

  • Perform field engineering and support the resolution of construction issues.

  • Assist project management and project controls with the development of project schedules and budgets.

  • Attend and/or lead project coordination meetings.

  • Participate in the closeout of projects including turnover of project files and record documents at project closure; captures lessons learned.

This Solar Project Engineering position is located at the JH Campbell Generating Facility in West Olive, MI.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree from an ABET accredited university.

  • A minimum of 3 years of applied ABET engineering experience

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

  • Experience in solar PV system design, permitting, construction, commissioning, operation, or maintenance.

  • Experience using solar design software: Helioscope, PVSYST, or System Advisor Model. Experience with AutoCAD or ETAP.

  • Certification - NABCEP ®

  • Experience with interconnecting solar generation to the electric distribution system.

  • Experience in project management including the oversight of scope, schedule, and budget.

  • Experience in procurement of engineered material, equipment and professional services.

  • Experience coordinating and developing contract documents, specifically engineering drawings and technical specifications for both consulting and construction services.

  • Advanced Electrical Engineering degree from an ABET accredited university.

  • Professional Engineer (PE) License.

  • Experience in Lean and/or a working understanding of lean manufacturing environments.

Essential Functions

Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Electric and Gas Distribution and Electric Generation systems as well as facilities and ancillary support process for all utility operations. Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, practice areas, and offices. Individual possesses the skills to lead, problem solve, and work well in a team environment. Individual should exemplify safe work practices and follow the company’s compliance standards. Lead and/or assist with engineering projects to include design, plans, inspections, system planning, specifications, reports, maps, environmental impacts, permits, contracts, schedules, estimates, surveying, easements, data collection, construction observation, and field investigation. Provide engineering services with accuracy, integrating all applicable governmental and company laws, standards and procedures on time and on budget. Use computer assisted engineering, design, and drafting software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents. Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard drawing procedures for projects. Become familiar with plans and specifications, maps, and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately. Utilize effective oral and written communication skills to provide technical expertise to coworkers, clients, customers, government entities, and the public. Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders. Attend internal and external meetings. Provide all engineering services in a legal and ethical manner. Serve as onsite project representative. Review operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the design documents. Regular attendance is expected.

Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 85% 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 to meet deadlines or assist with power plant outages. Individuals may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to support projects or power plant outages which may require overnight stays. Individuals must have a valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements

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. Individual must have the ability to work up to 16 continuous hours during emergent work.

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.