Mechanical Project Engineer (SR ENGINEER II)

Company Name: Consumers Energy Company


Job Duration: 2022-01-14 to 2022-02-13




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, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions on our natural gas system.


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.





Consumers Energy Gas Compression Engineering Team is seeking a Mechanical Project Engineer.  This position can be based out of the following Michigan locations:  Jackson (Parnall Office), Lansing, Grand Rapids, White Pigeon Compressor Station, Overisel Compressor Station, Muskegon River Compressor Station or remote with the ability to travel gas compressor stations as required.




Located within Gas Compression Engineering, Project Engineering supports modifications to existing facilities and new construction projects at our natural gas compressor stations.  Mechanical Project Engineers work in a team setting in the role of lead and/or support engineer for engineering projects within Consumers Energy.  Project Engineering works closely with project managers, engineers of other disciplines, system engineers, environmental engineers, station operations and maintenance personnel, outage managers, construction managers, Architectural & Engineering firms, contracted labor, and vendor representatives to ensure projects are completed safely, on time, and on budget.


Employees in this department provide leadership, sound engineering judgement, organizational skills, and clear communication to coordinate successful completion of projects.




The primary role of the Mechanical Project Engineer will be to support projects in the Gas Compression area of the business.  The Mechanical Project Engineer is responsible for providing support to project managers related to the planning and execution of all mechanical engineering aspects of capital and maintenance projects.  The Mechanical Project Engineer is responsible for ensuring adherence to design standards and that detailed designs meet all applicable compliance and regulatory requirements.  The Mechanical Project Engineer ensures that project work is properly coordinated between internal and external engineers of record, vendors, fabricators, and contractors to meet project requirements. 


The Mechanical Project Engineer will perform moderately complex assignments requiring application of standard techniques, theory, procedures, and criteria in carrying out a sequence of related engineering tasks. The candidate must independently evaluate, select, and apply engineering theory, techniques, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making adaptations and modifications. The Mechanical Project Engineer will be required to work efficiently and effectively on small and large project teams supporting several project managers.


Key Responsibilities include:


  • Provide Mechanical Engineering support for project development activities including feasibility studies, conceptual engineering design, and cost estimating.
  • Develop and/or review engineering drawings and calculations that detail plans and specifications for construction projects.
  • Oversee the development of detailed design documents by the Engineer of Record.
  • Develop Mechanical Engineering technical specifications and bid documents for detailed engineering, engineered equipment, materials, and construction contracts.
  • Lead the technical bid evaluation for detailed engineering, equipment, materials, and construction contracts.
  • Communicate effectively with a vast group of stakeholders to ensure all mechanical technical aspects of the project are completed per the safety, scope, schedule, and budgetary objectives.
  • Perform shop inspection visits to supplier facilities to ensure quality and adherence to specifications.
  • Perform field engineering and support the resolution of construction issues.
  • Support testing and commissioning of new equipment and facilities.
  • Identify, analyze, and recommend corrective actions to technical issues identified in the field during project execution and/or initial operation.
  • Assist project management and project controls with the development of project schedules and budgets.
  • Attend and/or lead project coordination meetings.
  • Participate in the closeout of projects including turnover of project files and record documents at project closure; capture lessons learned.




The Mechanical Project Engineer role may be filled as a Sr. Engineer II based on the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited university
  • A Minimum of seven (7) or more years of applied engineering working experience.




  • Professional Engineer (PE) License, or Engineer in Training with the goal of becoming a PE
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering degree from an ABET accredited university
  • Experience in the design, construction, or operation of natural gas compressor station equipment
  • Experience in the design, construction, or operation of electric generation facilities
  • Knowledge in project management including safety leadership, schedule logic and implementation, procurement and construction means and methods.
  • Knowledge of industry and building codes as they relate to discipline specific design and construction.
  • Knowledge of planning and permitting as they relate to discipline specific design and construction.
  • Experience in reviewing designs to assure compliance with engineering design, applicable codes, constructability, and industry standards.
  • Experience in procurement of engineered material, equipment, and professional services.
  • Experience coordinating and developing contract documents, specifically engineering drawings and technical specifications for both consulting and construction services




This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 80% of time spent in the office or specific field locations.  Travel is required to job sites and project meetings and could be significant dependent upon location.


Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary (including nights and weekend/holiday timeframes) to meet deadlines, resolve emergent operational restrictions, 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. 




Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Gas Compression equipment, as well as facilities and ancillary support processes for Gas Compression operations.  Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, practice areas, and offices.  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. Lead and/or assist with engineering projects to include design, plans, inspections, system planning, specifications, reports, maps, environmental impacts, permits, contracts, schedules, estimates, surveying, easements, data collection, construction observation, and field investigation. Provide engineering services with accuracy, integrating all applicable governmental and company laws, standards, and procedures on time and under budget. Use computer assisted engineering, design, and drafting software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents.  Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard drawing procedures for projects.  Become familiar with plans and specifications, maps, and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately.  Assists in client contact and communication. Utilize effective oral and written communication skills to provide technical expertise to coworkers, clients, customers, government entities and the public.  Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders.  Attend internal and external meetings. Provide all engineering services in a legal and ethical manner.  Resolve all customer complaints in a timely manner.  Serve as onsite project representative. Reviews operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the design documents.  Regular attendance is expected.




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 fifty 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.

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.