Utility Technician

CMS Energy Jackson , MI 49201

Posted 4 months ago

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.

Job Description/Summary

Assist lab personnel with various testing and calibration techniques, including:

  • Assist NDT technicians in activities such as: Radiography and Dielectric Testing. Projects are typically located at fossil generating plants and natural gas pipelines along with other natural gas and electric generation facilities.

  • Assist Regulatory Compliance Testing Services (RCTS) personnel in air quality emission testing activities at generating plants and gas compressor stations. This work is often at high elevations outdoors and subject to variable weather conditions. This work will require the ability to carry test equipment up to 40 lbs. The work often requires standing for long periods of time and the ability to climb ladders & stairs.

  • Assist Equipment Performance Testing Services (EPTS) personnel with equipment setup and test data collection at generating plants and gas compressor stations. The work is either indoors or outdoors and typically in hot environments. This work will require the ability to carry test equipment up to 40 lbs. The work often requires standing for long periods of time and the ability to climb ladders & stairs.

  • Calibrate general purpose Measurement & Test Equipment (M&TE) using automated and semi-automated procedures and processes.

  • Assist in ground water sampling at the plants while on the water's edge. Also would be substation trained to take transformer oil samples.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Department Specific Criteria

The position is located at the Laboratory Services office at Consumers Energy's Jackson Trail Street Facility (the selected candidate must reside within 50 miles of this facility). The individual will be required to work on extended out of town assignments and must be willing to work significant overtime, often on very short notice, as necessary to meet job commitments. The position will require the individual to certify as an assistant industrial radiographer upon completion of training. This position involves work with high energy radioactive isotopes.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • High School Diploma OR GED.

  • Less than 1 year of applicable work experience.

  • Pass an Algebra aptitude test.

  • Must reside within 50 miles of Consumers Energy's Jackson Trail Street Facility.

  • Certification as an assistant industrial radiographer upon completion of training.

Skills / experience which may set you apart:

  • Associates Degree.

  • College prep curriculum with focus on science and mathematics.

  • Competence in primary MS Office applications (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • Competence in SAP applications.

  • HAZWOPER

  • Attention to detail.

  • Ability to follow documented procedures.

  • Excellent verbal communication skills.

Essential Functions

  • Performs technical support functions and more complex tasks including establishing workload and organizing and conducting assignments according to deadlines.

  • Sets up tech support systems including record maintenance, data submission, and project management.

  • Provides backup department support.

  • Prepares reports and tech support material as directed from time to time.

  • Maintains confidentiality.

  • Performs or establishes procedures for tech support functions and actions including records, tracking of information, maintaining logs/spreadsheet, and other similar technical support.

  • Under general direction, prepares special or one-time reports, summaries, or replies to inquiries, selecting relevant information from a variety of sources such as reports, documents, correspondence, other areas of the Company, etc.

  • Ensures that requests for action or information are relayed to appropriate staff members; ensures that information is furnished in a timely manner; decides whether a higher authority should be notified of important or emergency matters.

  • Periodically evaluates process and program effectiveness and takes action to maintain continuous improvement.

  • Follows all safety rules and procedures, and contributes to the safety of co-workers and the general public.

  • Participates as an active technical support team member by contributing to program development and organization planning.

  • Produce detailed and complex engineering design drawings utilizing computer-aided drafting software within a confined time period supportive of a production oriented role.

  • Interpret substation equipment wiring diagrams and SCADA point lists to appropriately test substation intelligent electronic devices and record the test results.

  • Operate a computer terminal and utilize necessary software applications.

  • Produce supporting engineering design documents through various computer applications.

  • Receive and support field calls to address questions with design packages and assist in troubleshooting.

  • Travel to company substations, power plants, HVD or distribution lines, field locations or customer facilities to visually inspect present status of facilities to support producing designs or to perform field tests to best determine equipment to be utilized in designs.

  • Have aptitude and ability to learn and perform the duties of the job including learning new designs reflecting new equipment.

  • Willing and able to follow instruction, assist in training of co-workers, and cooperate with other employees and customers.

  • Performs responsibilities in a manner that clearly shows effective communication and cooperation and that promotes open exchange of information, respect, high ethical standards and professionalism.

  • Maintains work areas in a clean and orderly manner.

  • 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.

  • Valid driver's license with good driving record.

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 occasionally 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 files, books, office equipment, etc., and may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 40 pounds.

  • Employee will occasionally be required to walk on uneven surfaces with loose gravel, mud, snow and ice.

  • Employee will be required to maneuver within confined spaces.

  • Employee may be required to have specific arm, hand and finger strength and dexterity specific to job requirements.

  • This position involves work with high energy radioactive isotopes.

  • Ability to work comfortably at heights (from ladders, man lifts, sky climbers, etc.).

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