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Consumers Energy Gas Field Technician (Kalamazoo, Michigan) in Kalamazoo, 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.

Department Summary

The position reports within the Generation Operations Gas Compression & Storage Technician Department of Generation Operation and Compression. The Field Technician role provides support and maintenance for the Natural Gas Compression, Distribution, Storage, and Transmission systems. The “Natural Gas System” incorporates a wide variety of communication systems, functional controls, instrumentation, and measurement components integrated into a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

This position will support Kalamazoo, White Pigeon and Overisel (Hamilton).

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Technician accepts the responsibility and demonstrates the ability to successfully plan, perform, and document periodic Michigan Gas Safety Standards (MGSS) Code Work orders; complete SOX (Witnessing) Inspections, along with performing required testing in accordance with maintenance programs within Generation Operations and Compression. Aid with job planning, completion of required systems documentation, perform system checkout functions, and provide technical assistance as required to support the completion of construction projects while functioning alone or while directing other Technicians as necessary.

The Technician will have the ability to successfully analyze complex hardwired systems and end devices along with providing programming expertise required to maintain a: Typical compressor station Transmission valve site Distribution metering system During the testing process the Technician will be required to analyze, diagnose, design tests, and provide a recommended solution by means of troubleshooting.

Typical systems include:

  • Natural gas engine & compressor controls

  • Wired/wireless RTU SCADA

  • Gas chromatographs

  • Generators

  • Transducers

  • Turbine meters

  • Ultrasonic meters

  • Gas flow computers

  • Regulators

  • Air compressors

  • Relief valves

  • Electronic and pneumatic controllers, motors, indication and limit switches HMI and front-end displays

Required Qualifications

  • Two-year associate degree in the requisite scientific or technical field (with a minimum of 48 scientific or technical credit hours as measured on a semester basis).

Preferred Qualifications

  • PLC Programming experience

  • Advanced troubleshooting skills

  • Allen Bradley PLC programming experience

  • Compressed Air Systems experience

  • Electrical certification or license

  • Electronics and ladder logic computer programming specialty

  • Gas Regulation and Distribution field experience

  • Heater and boiler experience

  • Mechanical Aptitude

  • Prior Gas T&S field service experience

  • Proficient with MS Office programs

  • SIXNET experience

  • Valve and Actuator repair experience

Essential Functions

  • Maintains and troubleshoots electronic, electrical, mechanical, and other equipment for plant, electric and gas distribution and transmission systems.

  • Repairs, calibrates and/or programs electronic components.

  • Repairs and/or replaces transfer switchgear for generators, motor control panels, pump controls, valves, cables, and adjustable frequency drives.

  • Resolves computer problems with process control software.

  • Operates and maintains electronic equipment, diagnostic instruments, and software in performance of assigned duties, specifically: computers, volt meters, amp meters, electrical tools, electronic tools, and telemetering, and process control software.

  • Receives reports, electrical diagrams, and correspondence; reviews, processes, or maintains documentation for reference.

  • Consults with manufacturers' service technicians, contractors, and vendor representatives to discuss problems, schedule installs, and evaluate costs for necessary parts, supplies, or repairs.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

  • Reviews, edits, develops, manages, and interprets documents and drawings utilized for the purposes of maintaining, constructing, testing, and removing equipment and facilities for plant, electric, and gas distribution and transmission systems.

  • Makes design decisions with regard to electronic, electrical, mechanical, civil, and structural aspects of equipment and facilities utilized for plant, electric, and gas distribution and transmission.

  • Consults with supervisors, operators, technicians, manufacturers, vendors, subject matter experts and engineers to review assigned area needs, discuss problems, prioritize work, and provide technical expertise.

  • Regular attendance is expected.

Hours and Travel

  • Meet travel requirements of the position.

  • Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.

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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear.

  • The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.

  • The employee is often required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, or crouch.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

  • Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 10 pounds on a regular basis such as pumps, valves, motors, gauges, other operating or lab equipment, books, paper, laptop computer, etc., and may require moving materials weighing up to 40 pounds. The recommended maximum weight for employees to lift without the aid of other employees or a lifting device is 35 pounds.

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.