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Consumers Energy GAS FIELD LEADER II (CONSTRUCTION) in Lansing|Saginaw|Grand Rapids|Kalamazoo|Flint|Midland|Royal Oak|Alma|Battle Creek|Bay City|Cadillac|Traverse City|Owosso|Sparta|Hamilton|West Branch|Norton Shores|Hastings|Kentwood|Big Rapids|Clare|Livonia|Boyne City|Fremont|Benzonia|Temperance|Clinton Tow, 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

The Enhanced Infrastructure Replacement Program (EIRP) workforce is responsible for gas main replacement/installation projects that help improve our ability to provide safe, reliable natural gas service in communities we serve.

This Field Leader position supervises full-time employees who are managed seasonally and covered under the Consumers Energy working agreement with the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA). Field Leaders and employees will report to Southwest – Bellevue.

This is a seasonal position subject to a layoff period typically 2 to 4 weeks in duration in winter.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The EIRP Field Leader is responsible for the safe and efficient execution of field work focusing on the installation and replacement of gas distribution facilities statewide. As such, background knowledge and previous experience in underground construction (gas, electric, water, sewer etc.) is beneficial to effectively lead a team of gas lines construction workers.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide direct supervision up to 4-12 union employees, including the accountability for safe working procedures, compliance with regulations, and engagement of the team

  • Support work disciplines including plastic and steel pipe construction and retirement, directional drilling pipe installation, and soft and hard surface property restoration (lawn and pavement)

  • Train and provide technical expertise to gas distribution field employees

  • Positively and frequently interact with customers

  • Direct work activities to meet established work plans and objectives

  • Lead and collaborate with peers, employees and partnering organizations to create/maintain a work environment that reaches common goals of safety, compliance, quality, and productivity


  • A High School Diploma or GED is required.

  • 2 years’ experience in gas transmission, gas distribution, gas construction, gas service, or gas compression and storage; OR

  • 2 years’ experience in underground utility operations (e.g., Gas, Electric, Water, Sewer); OR

  • 2 years’ experience as a Consumer Energy field operations field leader (i.e., Electric, Fleet, Facilities, Meter Reading) or plant supervisor (e.g., Production/Maintenance/Fuel Supervisor) OR

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology or other applicable technical field with 2 years’ experience in one of the above listed areas.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of underground utility construction experience (i.e. gas, electric, water, sewer)

  • Post-high school education / degree in Business Administration, Construction Management, or similar

  • Leadership experience with both projects and team performance

  • Proficiency with standard business computer software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Essential Functions:

The Field Leader is a responsible for leading employees in the safe and efficient execution of work of assigned underground construction activities. Responsible for the planning, organizing, coordinating, evaluating and supervising the work of employees assigned to the operation and construction of gas systems, customer gas services, buildings and grounds or utility support areas. Responds to complaints and requests for information on the status of jobs in progress to a high degree of accuracy. 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.

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.