Storage Integrity & Risk 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 is seeking a Storage Integrity and Risk Engineer (Sr. Engineer II). This position is based out of our Michigan and can be located at one of our field headquarters or service centers throughout the state.  This position can also be hybrid with the ability to regularly travel to the field headquarters, service centers or work sites as required.




The Gas Storage Integrity Engineering department is responsible for asset management of the company’s underground natural gas storage fields, wellheads, pipelines, separation equipment and associated processing systems within the Gas Asset Management Department.  The department is responsible for the development, engineering, and implementation of projects to increase safety, improve system performance, deliverability, equipment reliability and adhere to regulatory compliance to meet statewide customer demands.  Consumers Energy has 15 underground gas storage fields with approximately 859 wells statewide.  These fields are in Michigan near Marion, Overisel, Northville and St. Clair.




The Storage Integrity and Risk Engineer position will provide technical support and oversight of the operation, maintenance, integrity, and capital improvements involving Consumers Energy gas storage facilities.  The primary focus of this role is advancing the maturity of the Storage Integrity Management Program (SIMP) through interpretation and compliance with Federal, State and all other applicable regulations.


The Storage Integrity and Risk Engineer will be responsible for the SIMP and maturing risk assessments.  The individual must have a strong background in engineering and data analysis, as well as strong technical writing and verbal communication skills.  The individual must be a motivated self-starter, as well as possess a desire to learn and work within a team environment.  The individual must be proficient organizing and prioritizing work activities.


The Storage Integrity and Risk Engineer will review the regulatory requirements governing underground gas storage, provide guidance and be instrumental in discussions with the gas storage engineering team in various aspects, including:


  • Storage Integrity Management Plan revisions and advancing program maturity
  • Risk management process and program maturity
  • Risk reduction through strategic storage field planning
  • Regulatory related program inspections and field audits
  • Maintenance and validation of the risk model
  • Implementation of new risk modeling software
  • Compliance with Underground Natural Gas Storage Regulations: 49 CFR Part 192.  12 (including API RP 1171) and EGLE Part 615
  • Development and maintenance of SIMP related process maps, standards, and procedures
  • Record documentation and retention
  • Development and management of on-going metrics to measure the success (through asset risk reduction) of well rehabilitation, new well drilling, lateral replacements, and regulatory compliance




The Storage Integrity and Risk 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
  • Minimum of seven (7) or more years of applied engineering working experience including Natural Gas Storage.
  • Intermediate MS Office experience, specifically MS Excel and MS PowerPoint




  • Experience with Risk Engineering/Risk Modeling/Asset Integrity
  • Familiarity with API RP 1171, Underground Natural Gas Storage Regulations or other recommended practices associated with risk management
  • Advanced degree in Engineering, risk, technical communication, or another related field
  • Professional Engineer (PE) certification or the ability to earn certification within 5 years
  • Strong technical writing and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience with Tableau, Business Intelligence, JANA or Python software
  • Adaptable to change and willing to learn/adopt new skills as needed




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. 




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.