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Gas Distribution General Engineering Technical Analyst

Company: CMS Energy
Location: Jackson
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Job Description:


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.


The Gas Distribution General Engineering Technical Analyst is eligible for remote work or can be based in any of our Michigan locations.


This position is within Energy Delivery / Gas Asset Management / Engineering Planning and will report to the Delivery Planning Engineering Lead. Delivery Planning is responsible for determining sizing and locations of gas distribution main and regulation equipment. This position includes operations and engineering support to maintain and increase the reliability of the gas distribution system. This encompasses analysis of the gas distribution system to provide recommendations and options for replacements, retirements, augments, and new construction.


The Gas Distribution General Engineering Technical Analyst will perform work that is complex and of a technical and scientific nature. This work will be done without direct supervision and will require responding to complex customer inquiries (in person, through e-mail, via phone, etc.). The individual will provide analysis of the gas distribution system in order to provide recommendations and options for replacements, retirements, augments, and new construction. As part of the professional development in their role they will gain expertise concerning regulation facilities and proper over pressure protection.

The selected candidate will distill multiple sources of technical and policy information and make decisions affecting complex designs, capital and O&M spending, and system performance problems. The employee in this position anticipates the impact of actions and/or decisions on multiple systems and customers at large. The selected candidate generally follows standardized practices and procedures without guidance from higher-level employees. However, this position is expected to adapt and resolve issues utilizing creative thinking, as well as investigation and ingenuity beyond the normal practices and procedures.


  • Bachelor's degree in scientific/technical field a minimum of two (2) years of related experience
  • (OR) Associate's degree in a scientific/technical field, AND a minimum of five (5) years of related work experience
  • (OR) If no degree, ten (10) years of years of company or industry experience that demonstrate required abilities and performance.


  • SynerGEE/Synergi or utility system modeling knowledge
  • Strong background in GIS
  • A mechanical aptitude
  • Knowledge of natural gas fundamentals
  • Knowledge of valves and regulators
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, provide appropriate solutions to problems, and make decisions in a team environment
  • Prior system design experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications including Access


Must indicate an interest in and a demonstrated ability to deal with people on a regular basis, demonstrate strong communication skills, and have the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Employee must participate in the on-call rotation for activities across the state.

  • Develop studies using the SynerGEE model and appropriate field validation data to determine cost effective solutions for the gas distribution system
  • Prioritize System Planning work and interface with internal customers to resolve scheduling and system issues
  • Contribute to improvements in the process to enhance and maintain the model
  • Utilize the Regulator Station Analysis program to document over pressure protection, regulation settings, and capacity for over 800 regulator stations and city gates as well as over 1200 regulator stands
  • Coordinate with Geographic Information Management and related groups to ensure accurate data is used in the model
  • Contribute to the System Planning model verification
  • Continue to automate processes to increase efficiencies
  • Be part of the team responsible for issuing the operating schedules and making sure they are accurate. This is the document that provides the pressures at which the system will operate.
  • Respond to daily requests from groups that are planning work in the future that affect the distribution system, such as CAP and EIRP
  • Improve data integrity and accuracy.


  • This is position generally requires the individual to work 40 hours per week with approximately 90% of time spent in the office.
  • Travel (approximately 10%) to in-state job sites and project meetings is required.
  • Once trained, this position will be part of the team on-call rotation.


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 pumps, valves, motors, gauges, other operating or lab equipment, books, paper, laptop computer, etc., and may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 40 pounds. 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.

Keywords: CMS Energy, Warren , Gas Distribution General Engineering Technical Analyst, Other , Jackson, Michigan

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