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Journeyman Substation Metropolitan Repair Worker
Consumers Energy | Grand Rapids, Michigan
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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 the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.


Job Description/Responsibilities

Under general supervision, performs tasks in the maintenance and construction of  energized metropolitan underground systems, electric substation, electric transmission and distribution systems and able to direct two equal or lower rated employees in the same or below classification in performing such duties as:

  1. Installing, removing, inspecting, maintaining and repairing substation and metro type underground equipment such as cables, splices, potheads, wires, buses, fuses, switches, circuit breakers, regulators, junction boxes, lightning arrestors, transformers, motors, temporary equipment and supporting structures;
  2. Performing and interpreting tests such as travel recording, power factor tests, high voltage tests, and other computerized equipment tests and responsible for reporting and analyzing test results as required;
  3. Preparing switching orders, carrying out switching orders, placing and removing protective tags, giving or taking clearance while performing maintenance work on metropolitan and distribution substation equipment;
  4. Operate heavy equipment such as mobile cranes, JLGs, aerial lift devices, skid steers, fork lifts, and other types of construction equipment.
  5. Obtaining clearance and applying personnel protective grounds to establish safe work zone, and;
  6. Performing other similar or related work.



  • High school diploma / GED is required. 
  • Must have all of the qualifications of a Substation Utility Worker and, in addition:
    • Must successfully complete the Substation/Metropolitan Repair Worker training program.
    • Must be able to obtain asbestos abatement certification as required.
    • Must be able to complete a pre-employment assessment at our training facility.
    • Must be a Journeyman Substation Electrician/Mechanic including previously completing an employer-sponsored training program.
    • Must have or be able to obtain a commercial driver’s license.


This position is included under a collective bargaining agreement with the Utility Workers Union of America.


Essential Functions

  • Maintenance of Electric Transmission and Distribution systems as well as facilities and ancillary support process for all utility operations.
  • Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects.
  • Individual must possess 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.


Hours and Travel

  • This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week with the majority of time spent in specific field locations.
  • Travel is required to job sites.
  • Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with outage restoration activities.
  • Individual should be willing to participate in the on call rotation in case of outage related activities.
  • Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to help with storm restoration or project work which may require overnight stays.


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 climb ladders and structures.
  • Must be able to work from heights, such as from structures or aerial lift devices.
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces such as transformers, manholes, and vaults.
  • 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 fifty 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 to loud.
  • Individual must have the ability to work up to 16 continuous hours during outage restoration efforts.
Position will be filled at the Electric Substation Journeyman level as the candidate must already have all of the qualifications of an Electric Substation Journeyman, including uploading a certified Electric Substation Journeyman card or certification (equivalent to 4 years of experience as an electric substation mechanic/electrician) into their application.
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.

About Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy is a public utility that provides natural gas and electricity to more than 6 million of Michigan''s 10 million residents. It serves customers in all 68 of the state''s Lower Peninsula counties. It is a division of CMS Energy.

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