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Consumers Energy Gas Turbine Tech I in Zeeland, Michigan

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities. Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.


The Gas Turbine Technician is responsible for :

  • The proper operation and maintenance of the power facility while assigned on shift

  • Operating, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing mechanical equipment, electrical equipment and instrumentation

  • This equipment includes, but is not limited to the gas turbine, steam turbine, generators, Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG), air compressors, water treatment equipment, demineralizers, motors, pumps, diesel generators and other auxiliary equipment

  • Strictly adheres to all safety and environmental rules and regulations to protect employees and public safety.

    Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the Production Supervisor and the O&M Manager in the proper operation of the combined cycle generating facility with minimal guidance or assistance

  • Competently operates and maintains all plant equipment

  • Capable of operating plant equipment locally via PLC panel interfaces

  • Communicates plant issues and keeps Production Supervisor and O&M Manager fully informed of plant operations, unusual conditions, and faulty equipment

  • Fully supports the use of a computerized maintenance management system (SAP) by displaying a proficiency in using the system, entering data consistent with fellow employees and dedication to the facility maintenance philosophy

  • Thoroughly records equipment problems in SAP via notifications and documents maintenance actions taken on work order forms

  • Handles corrective maintenance and preventive maintenance work orders in a timely and high-quality manner

  • Shows diligence in documenting spare parts usage and re-ordering

  • Reads meters, gauges, or automatic devices to record data such as temperature of equipment, vibration of equipment, hours of operation, pressure, and fluid levels to verify operating conditions

  • Visually inspects and listens to equipment at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment or lubrication

  • Provides detailed status of plant conditions to fellow gas turbine technicians at shift turnover

  • Performs water chemistry analysis on HRSGs and cooling tower systems

  • Ensures water chemistry is within proper control ranges

  • Makes adjustments to water chemistry, as needed, by controlling chemical feed and/or blow down rates

  • Works with plant chemist and water treatment vendor to properly monitor overall chemistry program

  • Operates demineralized water system in accordance with Original Equipment Manufacturer and plant procedures

  • Monitors demineralized water system to ensure quality is within acceptable limits

  • Uses facility operating procedures and equipment technical manuals to operate, maintain and repair facility equipment and ensure equipment is operated within acceptable parameters

  • Maintains equipment by tightening fittings, replacing valve packing, gaskets, valves, gauges, etc. and cleaning, replacing, oiling and lubricating other component parts and equipment as required

  • Opens and closes valves as required for proper system operation and mechanical isolation

  • Opens and closes circuit breakers as required for proper system operation and electrical isolation

  • Performs capital project and/or major program responsibilities as assigned by Plant Management

  • Sets up and operates various tools and instruments to repair parts and equipment

  • Operates welding and cutting equipment

  • Diagnoses cause of mechanical malfunction or failure of operational equipment

  • Repairs, replaces, dismantles and examines defective parts along with lubricating and cleaning parts

  • Uses test equipment to calibrate and repair plant instrumentation and electrical circuits

  • Assists in troubleshooting and inspecting programmable logic controllers, plant control systems and distributive control systems including control card replacement and wiring terminations

  • Assists with repairs of plant instrumentation and plant equipment

  • Identifies and resolves Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) problems

  • Assists in performing calibrations and gas bottle change outs

  • Reads, understands and complies with all regulatory procedures and facility safety programs

  • Assists with compliance of all plant environmental permits

  • Works shift hours, overtime, and irregular hours as needed to support reliable operation of the facility

  • Performs general housekeeping and continuous improvement of the facility

  • Maintains the cleanliness of all areas of the plant

  • Supports and adheres to Consumers Energy Code of Conduct

    Requirements/ Qualifications

  • High School diploma OR GED equivalent

  • Mechanical OR instrumentation and electrical equipment knowledge

  • Demonstrates knowledge of all facets of power plant operations

  • Demonstrates the ability to make competent decisions in emergency situations

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Associates Degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school OR four years of related experience and/or training or a combination of experience and/or education.

    Hours and Travel

    Must possess a valid driver’s license. Maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at assigned worksite. Meet travel requirements of the position. Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.

  • This position requires the individual to work a minimum of 40 hours per week with a majority of the time spent in the office or specific field locations.

    Physical Demands

  • Ability to walk, reach, climb, and stoop.

  • The ability to lift up to 75 pounds. The recommended maximum weight for employees to lift without the aid of other employees or a lifting device is 35 pounds.

    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 the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 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.

  • The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.

  • Frequently is required to navigate rough terrain

  • The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to twenty-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 field site is often loud.

    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.