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

The Distribution Operations Engineer Lead is responsible for leading a group of Engineers in ensuring that the Low Voltage Distribution (LVD) system is operating within system/equipment capabilities for both current and proposed operating configurations and optimizing system risk of exceeding these capabilities. The person in this position will be accountable for the development/maintenance/use of system models and distribution SCADA technology to ensure that system operations are managed in a safe, efficient and reliable manner as set forth by the policies, procedures and guidelines of Consumers Energy, MIOSHA, and MPSC. Continuous attention to process improvements is expected from the individual in this position.

The Distribution Operations Engineer Lead applies an intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments in related fields; makes decisions independently on engineering problems and methods; and represents the organization in meetings to resolve important questions. Requires the use of advanced techniques and the modification and extension of theories, precepts and practices of his/her field and related sciences and disciplines. Supervises and mentors other engineers.

Job Description/Responsibilities

This position reports to the Grid Management - Operations Planning Manager located at Parnall East in Jackson, Michigan. Operations Planning oversees the integrity of Consumers Energy's Electric Grid by providing engineering and outage scheduling support to the System and Distribution Control Centers (SCC and DCC).


The Distribution Operations Engineer Lead is responsible for ensuring that the Consumers Energy electric system is operated within system and equipment capabilities. This position will utilize their collective knowledge of CE’s LVD & HVD systems, distribution power flow software and distribution SCADA technologies to support Fault Analysis, Volt VAR Optimization (VVO), Distribution Power Flow programs and other Distribution Management System applications. The individual in this position will work closely with engineering groups, SCC, DCC, WMC, and other operational support organizations. Participation in an on-call rotation to provide real-time support to the Distribution Control Center, including storm restoration activities, is required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited university or college.

  • 7 or more years of applied exempt engineering working experience.

The following skills may set you apart from others:

  • Electrical Engineering background.

  • Electrical Engineering with Power background.

  • PE Designation.

This position will be filled commensurate with the successful candidate's education and experience.

Essential Functions

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

  • Individual should exemplify safe work practices and follow the company’s compliance standards.

  • Use computer systems and equipment to:

  • Apply real-time power flow to operational decisions.

  • Mitigate distribution voltage violations.

  • Optimize Alarm Management & System Event Processing.

  • Utilize Prediction and Fault Validation algorithm in operational decisions / dispatching priorities.

  • Manage Dynamic protection scheme.

  • Manage device state and prioritization of response.

  • Leverage remote device capability.

  • Utilize effective oral and written communication skills to provide technical expertise to coworkers, customers, and government entities.

  • Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with industry peers.

Hours and Travel

  • This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 90% of time spent in the office or specific field locations.

  • Travel may be required to job sites and project meetings.

  • Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with storm restoration activities.

  • Individual should be willing to participate in the on call rotation in case of potential storms.

  • Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to help with storm restoration which may require overnight stays.

  • Individual must have the ability to work up to 16 continuous hours during emergent work.

  • 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; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, 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.

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.