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Consumers Energy Compression Station Engineer in Adrian|Allegan|Alma|Athens|Bad Axe|Battle Creek|Bay City|Bellevue|Benzonia|Big Rapids|Birch Run|Boyne City|Bronson|Cadillac|Caro|Charlevoix|Charlotte|Cheboygan|Clare|Clinton Township|Covert|Dearborn|East Tawas|Erie|Essexville|Filer City|Flint|Fremont|Gayl, 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

Located within Gas Asset Management, Compression Engineering is responsible for the overall integrity, strategic planning, and execution of projects across Consumers Energy’s fleet of (8) compressor stations. The Compression Station Engineer works in a team setting in the role of lead and/or technical support engineer for project execution, maintenance, or troubleshooting related to compressor station equipment. Compression Station Engineering also works closely with project managers, engineers of other disciplines, 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 successful completion of projects.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Compression Station Engineer position location will be based out of the Ray Compressor Station in Armada, Mi. This position also has responsibility and oversight of the Huron Compressor Station in Sebewaing, MI.

The primary role of the Compression Station Engineer will be to ensure safe, reliable and resilient operations of the Gas Compression fleet, as well as support operations and projects in the Gas Compression area of the business. The Compression Station Engineer is responsible for acting as the subject matter expert for the balance of plant and gas conditioning systems at the station. The Compression Station Engineer is responsible for ensuring adherence to design standards and that detailed designs meet all applicable compliance and regulatory requirements. The Compression Station Engineer ensures that the equipment and systems are meeting their operating reliability metrics and that project work is coordinated between internal and external engineers of record, vendors, fabricators and contractors to meet project requirements.

The Compression Station Engineer will perform moderately complex assignments requiring application of standard techniques, theory, procedures and criteria in carrying out a sequence of related engineering tasks. The candidate must independently evaluate, select, and apply engineering theory, techniques, procedures and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications. The Compression Station Engineer will be required to work efficiently and effectively on small and large project teams supporting several project managers. The Compression Engineer will be required to act as the lead support engineer in performing problem solving and causal analysis activities associated with failures and malfunctions of equipment, systems, and business processes.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure compliance with the Corporate Code of Conduct, and take a proactive role in conflict resolution

  • Maintain a safety focus and ability to understand and apply regulatory rulings and standards in an industrial environment

  • Provide condition, performance, and risk assessments on Compressor Station equipment and systems.

  • Update and maintain accurate system health data and provide visibility to Engineering and Operations Management.

  • Create, update, and maintain site records drawing, manuals, reports relative to changes to site configuration

  • Lead problem solving and/or causal analyses, communicate and implement corrective actions to prevent recurrence on both fixed equipment and business processes across the fleet

  • Create, update, and maintain maintenance plans to conform with industry best practice in the areas of predictive and preventive maintenance, inspection programs, quality control/assurance, etc.

  • Provide technical guidance for troubleshooting equipment and systems identified with operational, design and/or maintenance deficiencies

  • Creation and maintenance of operating and maintenance procedures

  • Align and communicate maintenance activity prioritization with Station Operations Management with respect to risk to Operational and Corporate targets.

  • Develop and maintain a strategic investment plan to improve performance, reliability, and resiliency of the sites equipment and systems

  • Create, define, and develop new station project opportunities to support the strategy of the facility

  • Provide sponsor and/or engineering support for project development activities including feasibility studies, conceptual engineering design, and cost estimating.

  • Act as Project Manager or Lead Engineer for small site investments or major maintenance activities

  • Interface with operations staff in the support of equipment and operating modifications.

  • Manage engineering contractor for equipment modifications.

  • Prepare engineering calculations, equipment specifications and construction specifications in support of station modifications.

  • Interface with supply chain to provide technical guidance for the procurement of material and services.

  • Develop technical specifications and bid documents for detailed engineering, engineered equipment, materials, and construction contracts.

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

  • Perform shop inspection visits to supplier facilities to ensure quality and adherence to specifications.

  • Interface with construction contractors to complete necessary repairs and/or modifications

  • Support testing and commissioning of new equipment and facilities.

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


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering preferred) from an ABET accredited college or university, AND a minimum of 7 years of engineering work experience.

  • Must be self-motivated and organized.

  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point).

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Must be flexible and able to manage multiple tasks and shifting priorities.

  • Must demonstrate sound engineering judgment and the ability to solve problems and make decisions.

  • A willingness and ability to work as a team member with multiple work groups.

  • A willingness to travel around the state and spend extended periods at work locations

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US

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

  • Previous Reliability Engineering experience

  • Experience with lean manufacturing principles

  • Experience with application of quality assurance protocols

  • Experience with the Michigan Gas Safety Code

  • Experience with Industry Codes, Standards, and Recommended Practices

  • Professional Engineer (PE) License, or Engineer in Training with the goal of becoming a PE

  • Experience in the design, construction, operation or maintenance of natural gas compressor station gas processing equipment, and gas transmission piping

  • Knowledge in project management including safety leadership, schedule logic and implementation, procurement and construction means and methods.

  • 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

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

Essential Functions

Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of gas compressor equipment, as well as supporting operations. 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 activities to include design, plans, inspections, system planning, specifications, reports, environmental impacts, permits, contracts, schedules, estimates, 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 under budget. Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard drawing procedures for projects. Assists in client contact and communication. 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. Resolve all customer complaints in a timely manner. Serve as onsite project representative. Reviews 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 (including nights and weekend/holiday timeframes) to meet deadlines, resolve emergent operational restrictions, or assist with storm restoration activities. 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 storm restoration 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.

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

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.