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Consumers Energy Fuel Supply Op (Grayling Generating Station) in GRAYLING, Michigan

NorthStar Clean Energy owns and operates independent power generating plants, natural gas assets and an energy marketing group for the non-utility segment. We are proud of our strong history of reliably serving our utility, municipal, commercial and industrial customers. To learn more about NorthStar Clean Energy, please visit NorthStar Clean Energy (https://northstarcleanenergy.com/overview/default.aspx)

This position is with NorthStar Clean Energy, a CMS Energy company, and is not a position of employment with Consumers Energy.

We are looking for:

The Grayling Generating Station plant is a 38 MW biomass-fueled renewable energy power plant that produces electricity. The fuel consists primarily of bark and sawdust from local lumber mills and the non-marketable biomass from lumbering operations

The power produced supports the health of the forests, mitigates greenhouse gases (is “carbon neutral”), conserves landfill space and supports the electric grid in northern Michigan. The electric output is sold pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement with Consumers Energy Company. This facility can produce enough electricity to power approximately 38,000 homes. Commercial operation began in 1992.

The Fuel Supply Operator is responsible for equipment operation and record keeping duties on a variety of moderately complex systems such as: wood fuel handling, ash handling, and heavy equipment within established procedures. Also responsible for various housekeeping and maintenance tasks.

  • Be able to use standard computer software programs such as spreadsheets, word processors, databases, and other common programs

  • Have a thorough knowledge of Large Mobile Heavy Equipment (e.g., CAT D8 Dozers, CAT 938 loaders) operation and established procedures

  • Previous experience operating and/or maintaining heavy equipment, including a bulldozer (e.g., construction, farming equipment)

  • Ability to effectively communicate with co-workers and take direction from others

  • Thorough knowledge of all fuel and ash handling systems and understanding of heavy equipment, plant procedures and measurement standards

  • Ethics and standards of conduct

This position reports to the Operations Supervisor at Grayling Generating Station in Grayling Michigan.

This is a non-union position with NorthStar Clean Energy, the unregulated side of CMS Energy, and is not a position of employment with Consumers Energy.

We encourage you to apply if you have: an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered and reviewed

  • High School Diploma OR GEDis required

  • 2+ years operating and/or maintaining heavy equipment (e.g., construction, farming equipment, bulldozer)

  • Drivers License required

  • A thorough knowledge of Large Mobile Heavy Equipment (e.g., CAT D8 Dozers, CAT 938 loaders) operation and established procedures

  • Work a rotating 12 hour shift on a 28 day cycle

  • Ability to work overtime, any shift schedule, including weekends and holidays

  • Be fitted for and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including respirators

  • Basic Computer Skills

The following skills may set you apart from others :

  • Ability to effectively communicate with co-workers and take direction from others

  • Capable of performing several routine duties involving various procedures which require minor decisions

  • Previous experience at a Power Generation Biomass facility

  • Associates Degree

In this role, you will:

  • Operate fuel and/or ash handling equipment which may include wheel loaders, track driven dozers and various machinery in a safe and efficient manner

  • Logs significant activities and events and maintains accurate operational logs on mobile equipment

  • Perform preventative maintenance and minor repairs on mobile/fuel train equipment routinely and thoroughly

  • Clean mobile, fuel yard and heavy equipment, as required

  • Maintain a safe work environment through job planning and identification and correction of hazards

  • Inspect fuel deliveries for compliance as outlined in the wood waste procurement and monitoring plan

  • Assist with plant operation and maintenance, as required; including forced and planned outages

  • Perform inspection and maintenance activities on all equipment in accordance with established schedules, or as needed

  • Maintain a clean and safe work area; regularly clean, sweep, and pick up conveyor spillage; unplugs choke points / obstructions from fuel train components; report or resolve any unsafe conditions immediately

  • Receive, unload, mix, stage, and stack/store fuel in a manner consistent with established fuel handling procedures

  • Reclaim fuel as necessary to support overall plant operation

  • Must complete Position Qualification Requirements (PQR) as assigned

  • Perform scale house functions, including obtaining and labeling fuel samples, as required

Why should you join our team?

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.

What we offer:

  • Competitive compensation packages

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • 401k with company match

  • Paid parental leave

  • Up to 13 paid Holidays

  • Paid time off

  • Educational Assistance Program

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

We, at CMS Energy, value Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. It is part of our DNA. We treat our employees with respect, we treat each other fairly and we value the opinions of others. We are passionate about building and nurturing an environment where everyone feels included. We don’t discriminate. We seek to learn about each other and better understand our unique differences. Our uniqueness makes us authentic. We create safe spaces where everyone can be who they truly are. We invite difficult conversations and uncomfortable topics. We value diverse perspectives; this is what makes us great together. We harbor an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. Our Employee Resource Groups, Women’s Advisory Panel (WAP), Women’s Engineering Network (WEN), Minority Advisory Panel (MAP), Pride Alliance of Consumers Energy (PACE), GENERGY, capable, Interfaith and Veterans Advisory Panel (VAP) are key enablers to living the values of our company culture: Caring, Empowered, Deliberate, Agility, and Ownership.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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