Consumers Energy Structural Engineer(SR ENGINEER II) in Multiple Locations, 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 the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

Located within the Generation Engineering department, Design Engineering is responsible for modifications to existing facilities and new construction for both the electric generating facilities (renewables, hydroelectric, coal, and natural gas) and the natural gas compression and storage system. Design Engineering works closely with engineers of all disciplines, plant engineering, environmental engineering, project managers, outage managers, construction managers, plant operations and maintenance personnel, architectural & engineering firms, contracted labor, and OEM vendor representatives to ensure quality projects are completed safely, on time, and on budget.

Employees in this department provide technical leadership, sound engineering judgement, organizational skills and clear communication to coordinate successful completion of a project.

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Structural Engineer will work in the Design Engineering Department primarily supporting Consumers Energy’s power generation and natural gas compression facilities across the State of Michigan. The work will mostly consist of capital improvement projects and some major maintenance projects. The Structural Engineer works in a team setting, either as the lead or support engineer, for the development and execution phases of a project within Consumers Energy.

The Structural Engineer will perform moderately complex assignments requiring fundamental knowledge of civil engineering concepts/theory, and engineering experience/judgement to make decisions and direct engineering work by internal and external engineering organizations. The Structural Engineer will be required to work efficiently and effectively on small and large project teams supporting several Projects and reporting to several Project Managers. The engineers are structured and managed by discipline, but projects are highly matrixed and dynamic teams comprised from several groups.

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

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Develop scope of work/service and RFP documents for soliciting engineering services

  • Develop and/or review engineering drawings, calculations, specifications, and products/materials for construction projects.

  • Communicate effectively with a vast group of stakeholders to ensure all civil technical aspects of the project are completed and meet 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 QA/QC service contracts.

  • Perform field engineering, QA walk downs, and mediate the resolution of technical 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.

The Structural Engineer must be able to tolerate a heavy industrial environment. Coal plants present many loud, hot, and dusty locations; while areas of gas compression plants can be loud, hot, and oily. The Structural 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.

Application of the following personal skills and abilities is expected for this role: 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.

The location for this position is either at the JH Campbell Plant in West Olive, MI or at the Parnall Office in Jackson, MI. The Structural Engineer will be required to travel in-state routinely. Consumers Energy has facilities all around the state of Michigan (Lower Peninsula only).


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

  • 4+ years of exempt experience as a practicing/working engineer.

The following skills and experience may set you apart from others:

  • Civil Engineering degree with structural emphasis is preferred.

  • Professional Engineer (PE) License in the State of Michigan.

  • Experience within a utility/power plant/heavy industrial setting.

  • Knowledgeable of the design, construction, or operation of electric generating plants and/or gas compressor stations.

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

  • Knowledge of governing construction codes and industry best practice standards as they relate to discipline specific design and construction.

  • Knowledge/Experience with “Lean” principles and processes.

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

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

Essential Functions

Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Electric Generation Facilities and Natural Gas Compression Stations, as well as Balance of Plant systems for all utility operations.

Individual will possess the skills to lead, problem solve, and work well in a team environment.

Individual will exemplify safe work practices and follow the Company’s Code of Conduct and Ethical 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. Use computer assisted documentation, engineering, and drafting software to prepare engineering and design documents. Understand and follow company established standard procedures for project execution. Utilize effective oral and written communication skills to provide technical expertise to coworkers, internal clients, government entities, and management by attending internal and external meetings. Serve as onsite project representative, reviewing operating and construction sites to monitor progress per the design documents.

Hours and Travel

This position requires that the individual works a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 85% 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 forced/periodic outages requiring engineering support. 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, or walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to grasp, 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 seventy-five 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 forced or periodic plant outage, emergent work, project construction activities, or storm restoration efforts.

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.