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Consumers Energy GAS FIELD LEADER II in Wixom, 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.

This is a seasonal position subject to a layoff period typically 2 to 4 weeks in duration during the winter season.

Department Summary

The Gas Construction workforce is responsible for gas main replacement/installation projects that help improve our ability to provide safe, reliable natural gas service in communities we serve. This Field Leader position supervises full-time employees who are managed seasonally and covered under the Consumers Energy working agreement with the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA). Field Leaders and employees can report to the Wixom Headquarters but projects will be located in the Southeast Michigan region.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Gas Construction Field Leader is responsible for the safe and efficient execution of field work focusing on the installation and replacement of gas distribution facilities statewide. As such, background knowledge and previous experience in underground construction (gas, electric, water, sewer etc.) is beneficial to effectively lead a team of gas lines construction workers.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide direct supervision to 5-15 union employees, including the accountability for safe working procedures, compliance with regulations, and engagement of the team.

  • Support work disciplines including plastic and steel pipe construction and retirement, directional drilling pipe installation, and soft and hard surface property restoration (lawn and pavement).

  • Train and provide technical expertise to gas distribution field employees.

  • Positively and frequently interact with customers.

  • Direct work activities to meet established work plans and objectives.

  • Lead and collaborate with peers, employees and partnering organizations to create/maintain a work environment that reaches common goals of safety, compliance, quality, and productivity.


  • A High School Diploma or equivalent is required.

  • 3 years of leadership experience in related field.

  • Technical knowledge in Gas transmission, distribution, and metering or Gas compression and storage gained either through a technical field of study and/or through related work experience.

  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of underground (plastic & steel) utility construction experience (i.e. gas, electric, water, sewer).

  • Knowledge of plastic and steel pressure control operations.

  • Knowledge in underground construction activities.

  • Post-high school education / degree in Business Administration, Construction Management or similar.

  • Proficiency with standard business computer software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Essential Functions

The Field Leader is a responsible for leading employees in the safe and efficient execution of work of assigned underground construction activities. Responsible for the planning, organizing, coordinating, evaluating and supervising the work of employees assigned to the operation and construction of gas systems, customer gas services, buildings and grounds or utility support areas. Responds to complaints and requests for information on the status of jobs in progress to a high degree of accuracy. 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 safety committee; investigates and completes necessary incident reports and accident reports; maintains records, prepares and submits required reports for appropriate agencies.

Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual to work a minimum of 45 hours per week with a majority of the time spent in the field with the remainder in the office. Individual needs to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with emergent system 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 emergent activities. Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters, which may require overnight stays. Could potentially work a flexible schedule to meet the demands of the business, 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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk and 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

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.