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Consumers Energy Project/Design Engineer in Jackson, 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 the Gas Compression Engineering department, engineering is responsible for the engineering deliverables for both modifications and new construction projects concerning the natural gas compression fleet. Civil Engineering works closely with project managers, engineers of all disciplines, plant engineers, environmental engineers, plant operations and maintenance personnel, outage managers, construction managers, architectural & engineering firms, contracted labor, and vendor representatives to ensure quality 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 a project.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The location for this position is being posted for the Parnall Office in Jackson, MI, however CEC has compressor plant in multiple locations, so the actual location may be flexible.

The Civil Engineer will work in the Compression Engineering Department and will support Consumers Energy’s natural gas compression facilities for the discipline of civil engineering across the State of Michigan. The Civil Engineer works in a team setting in the role of lead and/or support engineer for engineering projects within Consumers Energy.

The Civil 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 Civil Engineer will be required to work efficiently and effectively on small and large project teams.

This position is primarily focused on either structural engineering or geotechnical engineering, but candidate should have some knowledge of the principles of civil, hydrostatics, hydromechanics, and environmental engineering.

Key Responsibilities include:

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

  • Communicate effectively with a vast group of stakeholders to ensure all civil technical aspects of the project are completed per the safety, scope, quality, schedule, and budgetary objectives.

  • Identify, analyze, and recommend corrective actions to technical issues identified in the field during project execution and/or initial operation.

  • Develop and/or review civil engineering technical specifications and bid documents for construction service contracts.

  • Perform field engineering and support the resolution of construction issues.

  • Assist project management and project controls with the development of project schedules and budgets.

  • Attend and/or lead project coordination meetings.

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

Skills / Abilities

  • Self-motivation, analytical, communication and interpersonal, leadership, organizational, problem solving, and troubleshooting.

  • The individual must also exhibit willingness, and the ability, to accept and adapt to changing priorities due to emergent work or outages.


  • Bachelor’s Engineering degree from an ABET accredited program as set forth in the Engineers Council for Professional Development.

  • At least 2+ years of exempt experience.

The following skills and experience may set you apart:

  • Civil Engineering degree is preferred.

  • Experience within a industrial type plant.

  • Knowledgeable of the design, construction, or operation of gas compressor stations.

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

  • Knowledge of industry and building codes as they relate to discipline specific design and construction.

  • Knowledge of planning and permitting as they relate to discipline specific design and construction.

  • Experience in reviewing designs to assure compliance with engineering design, applicable codes, constructability, and industry standards.

  • Experience in procurement of engineered material, equipment, and professional services.

  • Experience in coordinating and developing contract documents, specifically engineering drawings and technical specifications, for both consulting and construction services.

  • Advanced Civil Engineering degree from an ABET accredited university.

  • Professional Engineer (PE) License.

  • Experience in Lean and/or a working understanding of lean manufacturing environments.

Essential Functions

Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Electric and Gas Distribution and Electric Generation systems as well as facilities and ancillary support process for all utility operations. Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, Practice Areas, and offices. Individual possesses the skills 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 projects to include design, plans, inspections, system planning, specifications, reports, maps, environmental impacts, permits, contracts, schedules, estimates, surveying, easements, 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. Use computer assisted engineering, design, and drafting software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents. Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard drawing procedures for projects Become familiar with plans and specifications, maps, and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately. 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

The average travel time for this position is 25% and would depend on project work load. This position requires travel to all Consumers Energy compressor stations. The Civil Engineer will be required to travel in-state routinely. Consumers Energy has facilities all around the state of Michigan (Lower Peninsula only).

This position requires that the individual works a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 75% of their time spent in the office or specific field locations. Travel is required to job sites and project meetings and could be significant depending upon location. Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with plant outages. Individuals may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to support projects or plant outages 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.

The Civil Engineer must be able to tolerate a heavy industrial environment. The Civil Engineer should be able to climb stairs and/or fixed ladders to elevated platforms, able to enter/crawl into small/tight spaces (access hatches) and be able to walk a rough construction grade as required.

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.

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.