Consumers Energy Power Plant Biomass (Wood) Fuel Supply Operator in Grayling, Michigan

CMS Enterprises owns and operates independent power generating plants, natural gas assets and an energy marketing group for the non-utility segment of CMS Energy's business. We are proud of our strong history of reliably serving our utility, municipal, commercial and industrial customers. Equally important to us is our role as a responsible corporate citizen through environmental stewardship and providing direct and indirect employment opportunities and other economic benefits to the communities we serve. Our strategy is focused on continued exceptional financial results through strong operations and safety performance, optimization of our assets, and disciplined growth in the domestic energy sector.

Plant Summary

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.

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Position Summary

The Power Plant Biomass (Wood) Fuel Supply Operator reports to the Operations Supervisor, Lead Control Room Operator and Lead Fuel Supply Operator. In this role, you will control fuel and ash handling equipment for receiving, stacking and transporting fuel and ash. You will also operate large mobile equipment necessary to supply fuel to the plant conveyor system and inspect and perform preventative and minor maintenance on mobile equipment and conveyor systems when not fueling the plant.

Purpose

To support the safe, efficient operation of the plant by operating heavy equipment to keep the plant supplied with fuel while complying with all station procedures and environmental regulations.

Your duties will include:

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

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

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

  • Maintain accurate operational logs on mobile equipment, as required.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Reclaim fuel as necessary to support overall plant operation.

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

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

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

  • Adherence to plant safety rules and procedures.

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

  • Capable of performing a number of routine duties involving various procedures which require minor decisions.

  • Must complete Position Qualification Requirements (PQR) as assigned.

  • Perform all other related duties, as required.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED.

  • 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 (e.g., construction, farming equipment).

  • Previous experience OPERATING and/or MAINTAINING a bulldozer.

  • Basic computer skills.

  • Ability to work overtime, as well as any shift schedule, including nights and weekends.

  • Work a rotating 12 hour shift over a 28-day cycle.

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

The following skills may set you apart:

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

  • Previous experience at a Power Generation Biomass facility.

  • Associates Degree

Physical Requirements / Working Conditions

Occasionally (O) Frequently (F) Constantly (C)

0-33% AWD 33-66% AWD 67% - 100% AWD

(AWD = Average Work Day)

  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. (F)

  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at waist. Requires full use of lower extremities and back muscles. (F)

  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on one knee or both knees. (O)

  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. (O)

  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction. (F)

  • Sitting: Sitting upright in the work area to perform duties. (C)

  • Crawling: Positioning the body so that weight is evenly distributed on both hands and knees on a flat surface. (O)

  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time. (O)

  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances. (F)

  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. (O)

  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion. (O)

  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Requires substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles. (O)

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling. (C)

  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. (F)

  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Activities in which detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly. (O)

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds with no less than a 40 dB loss at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on machined parts. (C)

  • Heavy Work - Exerting up to 70 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • Visual Acuity Requirements Including Color, Depth Perception, & Field of Vision.

  • Machine Operator (including inspection) - This is a minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines (including inspection), using measurement devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

CONDITIONS THE WORKER WILL BE SUBJECT TO IN THIS POSITION

The worker is subject to:

  • Inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes.

  • The worker is required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including respirators.

  • Outside environmental conditions: Minimal protection from weather conditions and temperature changes.

  • Extreme heat: Temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour during a work shift.

  • Extreme cold: Temperatures below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour during a work shift.

  • Noise: There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.

  • Hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, and exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

  • Atmospheric conditions: One or more of the following conditions that may affect the respiratory system or the skin: Fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation.

  • Oils: There is air and/or skin exposure to oils and other cutting fluids.

  • Prolonged, irregular working hours.

MENTAL/EMOTIONAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB

Temperaments applying to this job include:

  • Performing repetitive or short cycle work.

  • Influencing people in their opinions, attitudes and judgments.

  • Working alone or apart, in physical isolation from others.

  • Attaining precise set limits, tolerances, and standards.

  • Working under specific instructions.

  • Dealing with people from multiple functions.

  • Making judgments and decisions.

  • Dealing with changing priorities.

  • Giving direction to others without having formal authority.

  • Working under pressure to meet specific deadlines.

  • Able to handle sudden high levels of stress and physical activity.

  • Dealing with unplanned schedule changes, call-ins and prolonged working hours.

  • Shift work.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - PLEASE READ

  • A review of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and requirements are essential job functions.

  • All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

  • Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties requested by their supervisor or shift lead.

  • Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently, as outlined by the PQRs.

  • This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.

Application Deadline

This Job opening is posted for a minimum of three (3) 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.