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Consumers Energy Electric Lines Field Leader (Cadillac, Traverse City OR West Branch, Michigan) in Cadillac|Traverse City|West Branch, 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.

Position Summary

  • The HVD-T Field Leader (FL) is responsible for all HVD Demand Contract Crews (8-16 journeyman line workers per FL) and bid crewing (crew numbers vary from 1-10) on a daily and emergent basis to maintain and repair 46-138kV lines, both energized and under clearance.

  • Also acts as sole work management with scheduling with SCC/METC, preparing Request for Proposals and Bid Packages, arranging all materials deliveries, and LVD interface.

  • The FL is responsible for design/planning and installation of mobile substations and crewing per each zone and is responsible for meeting budget, outage performance and NERC and LIDAR compliance.

  • Construction Field Leaders do not have a direct reporting staff of internal employees but do have similar responsibilities of first line supervision over contract workforce and do fulfill on-call and back-up.

This position will be available in one of the following locations: Cadillac, Traverse City or West Branch, Michigan.

Job Description/Responsibilities

  • Work may also involve managing and monitoring work performed by non-company employees.

  • The work involves a mixture of standard to advanced supervisory and operating responsibilities.

  • In addition to responsibilities for lower rated positions, an Electric Field Leader is responsible for managing successful headquarter business operations in a cost-effective fashion while maintaining a safe work environment and balancing the needs of the customer and company.

  • The Electric Field Leader develops direct reports in both business knowledge and technical skills; plans and prudently manages the scope, schedule and cost of construction projects; applies thorough understanding of policy coupled with leadership skills to resolve process and employee issues; has thorough understanding of the Working Agreement and is adept at dealing with local union leadership.

  • Initiates and leads change to improve results.

  • Professionals in this role have the ability to perform effectively and efficiently in routine and non-routine/emergency situations with minimal guidance.

  • Responsibilities include supervision of electric distribution employees, on-call assignments, management of project work including job site reporting, and working extended hours during restoration activities.

  • The ideal candidate will be safety focused and experienced in construction methods with the ability to accurately estimate hours required to complete complex projects.

  • This position requires demonstrated knowledge of safe work practices and procedures; in-depth knowledge of electric distribution operations and construction; demonstrated leadership capabilities including the capacity to lead change efforts in a competitive business environment; and demonstrated capacity to direct both company and non-company resources in both routine and non-routine or emergency operations.

  • May involve management and inspection of contract work to include approving switching and tagging orders related to work performed by non-company crews and field verification of work completion to contract specifications.

  • Typically employees in this job family are well versed in Electric system configuration, work methods and standards and have the aptitude to utilize both office and field technology to plan and execute work, the capacity to initiate and implement appropriate change; and the ability to direct and monitor the work performance of others, including non-company (contractor) personnel, while developing their employees’ technical and teamwork capabilities.

  • FL's make extensive use of Transmission Outage Application and SAP functions including ordering materials and completing Plant Unit Verification (PUV) forms.

  • Ability to understand and design HVD temporary and mobile substation 46-138kV work.

  • Thorough knowledge and demonstrated ability to read construction permits, apply engineering manual examples to specific job requirements.

  • Microsoft Office experience.

  • Ability to interface with multiple departments to ensure completion of planned projects not limited to but including Project Management, SCC, Environmental, HVD/LVD Engineering, MDC/Power Line Supply, Survey and HVD/LVD customers.

  • Understand easement language, negotiate and implement temporary easements and/or rights, understanding of crop damage, third party damage claims and resolution.

  • Responsible for the planning, organization, coordination, evaluating and supervision of employees assigned to the operation, maintenance and construction of Electric distribution systems, customer Electric services, electric generation plant facilities, buildings and grounds or utility support areas.

  • Recommends proposed changes and enhancements to systems and facilities operation; responds to complaints and requests for information; prepares and maintains reports of completed job orders and the status of jobs in progress.

  • 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.

  • Implements preventative maintenance programs.

  • Thorough knowledge and application of work methods, work processes, and related technology in the field of Electric Transmission and Distribution Operations and proficiency in the emergency response, technical, process & technology and safety dimensions.

  • Experience with LVD & HVD Switching, Tagging and Clearance Requirements.

  • Distribution switching authority.

  • Thorough knowledge of storm operations, safety requirements, work methods, work processes & related technology.

  • Field operations and construction experience.

  • Knowledge of the Electric Procedures Manual, Safety Manual and Work Methods Manual, Electric Construction Standards Manual, HVD Engineering Manual.

  • Thorough knowledge of scheduling process; project management; company policies & working agreement application; Conflict resolution, negotiating.

  • Knowledge of bid development and contractor requirements; understands joint construction requirements.

  • Understands project planning and project management concepts.

  • Project management from scope to completion, maintaining control of budget impacts.

Required Qualifications

  • A high school diploma / GED is required.

  • The Electric Field Leader requires technical knowledge in electric transmission or distribution gained either through a technical field of study and/or through related work experience.

  • Working outside of normal work hours and responding to customer emergencies during anytime of the day, including evenings and weekends is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in a related field or electric lines on-the-job training.

  • Three years of related field utility experience.

  • HVD Journeyman experience.

Candidates without previous field leader experience will be considered as the position will be filled with the most qualified applicant at the appropriate level depending on experience.

Position will be filled from Electric Field Leader I - Electric Field Leader III.

Hours and Travel

  • This position requires the individual to work a minimum of 40 hours per week with a majority of the time spent in specific field locations (up to 80%).

  • Individual needs to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with storm 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 storms.

  • Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to help with storm restoration which may require overnight stays.

  • Could potentially work a flexible schedule to meet the demands of the customer, 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 the 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.

  • 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 seventy-five pounds. The recommended maximum weight for employees to lift without the aid of other employees or a lifting device is 35 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.

Application Deadline This Job opening is posted for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

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.