Consumers Energy LEAD CONTROL ROOM OPERATOR in Flint, Michigan

CMS Enterprises owns and operates independent power generating plants, natural gas assets and an energy marketing group for the non-utility segment of CMS Energy's business. We are proud of our strong history of reliably serving our utility, municipal, commercial and industrial customers. Equally important to us is our role as a responsible corporate citizen through environmental stewardship and providing direct and indirect employment opportunities and other economic benefits to the communities we serve. Our strategy is focused on continued exceptional financial results through stron operations and safety performance, optimization of our assets, and disciplined growth in the domestic energy sector.

This position will be located at the CMS Enterprises Genesee Power Station in Flint, Michigan.

PLEASE NOTE: You must timely upload your resume for further consideration for this opportunity.

Job Description / Responsibilities

The Lead Control Room Operator is responsible for:

  • Directing the operation of major plant equipment and recordkeeping duties to ensure efficient and safe plant operations within established procedures and parameters.

  • Directing Plant Operators to support efficient plant operation.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitors the operation of major plant equipment and systems and takes appropriate action to ensure they are operated safely, in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements according to the Emissions Minimization Plan, in a manner consistent with maximizing availability and in a manner consistent with optimizing fuel efficiency.

  • Operates assigned control systems including distributed control, water, steam, combustion, turbine generator and related components in a safe and efficient manner.

  • Directs the activities of the Plant Operators and Fuel Supply Operators as necessary to support the overall plant operation.

  • Coordinates and may direct activities of other work groups as necessary to support overall plant operations.

  • Maintains a log of significant operating activities and events.

  • Logs significant plant parameters as determined by plant management.

  • Answers the telephone when necessary in a professional manner and serves as a focal point for communications during emergency situations.

  • Directs and ensures completion of required safety procedures; (e.g., tagout, confined space, hot work).

  • Maintains a clean and orderly work area.

  • Performs those typical duties of the Plant Operator and Fuel Supply Operator as required.

  • Takes measurements and readings and compares with standards; implements corrective actions within established procedures.

  • Assists in maintaining the boiler system by adding/transferring chemicals as needed to maintain desired parameters.

  • Identifies and corrects problems; reports problems requiring further action to the Operations Manager.

  • Responds to alarms in a timely manner; operates necessary equipment to effectively respond to critical situations.

  • Oversees the work of sub-contractors on assigned shift, as necessary.

  • Performs other comparable non-operating duties during plant shutdowns.

  • Trains plant personnel in accordance with Company policies and government regulations.

  • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining the CEM system and plant emissions.

  • Performs regulatory reporting, according to established procedures, during emergency situations (e.g., fire / spill reporting).

  • Performs other similar and related work.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • High School Diploma OR GED is required.

  • Meets all qualifications of the Plant Operator position which are incorporated into this job description.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a Plant Operator or equivalent experience from a previous employer.

  • Possesses ability to read and understand moderately complex logic diagrams, wiring diagrams, and wiring schematics.

The following skills and abilities may set you apart from others:

  • Previous experience as a Control Room Operator.

  • Previous experience as a Biomass (Wood) Fuel Supply Operator.

  • Previous experience as a Shift Supervisor.

  • Ability to use analytical judgment to plan and perform diversified work, making decisions within prescribed limitations.

  • Ability to provide clear direction and performance feedback to Plant Operators, as well as, take direction from and effectively work with other plant personnel.

Hours and Travel

  • Ability to work overtime, as well as any shift schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

  • Ability to work prolonged, irregular working hours.

Physical Requirements / Working Conditions

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.

  • The employee is required to wear personal protective equipment.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must frequently exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include, close vision, color vision, depth perception, field of vision and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Machine Operator (including inspection) - This is a minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines (including inspection), using measurement devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

  • Inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes.

  • Outside environmental conditions: Minimal protection from weather conditions and temperature changes.

  • Extreme heat: Temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour during a work shift.

  • Extreme cold: Temperatures below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour during a work shift.

  • Noise: There is sufficient noise to cause the employee to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.

  • Hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, and exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

  • Atmospheric conditions: One or more of the following conditions that may affect the respiratory system or the skin: Fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation.

  • Oils: There is air and/or skin exposure to oils and other cutting fluids.

The frequency of the following activities listed below are denoted with one of the following codes:

Occasionally (O) Frequently (F) Constantly (C)

0-33% AWD 33-66% AWD 67% - 100% AWD

(AWD = Average Work Day)

  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. (O)

  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at waist. Requires full use of lower extremities and back muscles. (O)

  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on one knee or both knees. (O)

  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. (O)

  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction. (F)

  • Sitting: Sitting upright in the work area to perform duties. (C)

  • Crawling: Positioning the body so that weight is evenly distributed on both hands and knees on a flat surface. (O)

  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time. (O)

  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances. (O)

  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. (O)

  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion. (O)

  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Requires substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles. (O)

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling. (F)

  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. (F)

  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other employees accurately, loudly, or quickly. (C)

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds with no less than a 40 dB loss at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on machined parts. (C)

Mental / Emotional Demands of the Job

Temperaments applying to this job include:

  • Performing repetitive or short cycle work.

  • Working alone or apart, in physical isolation from others.

  • Working under specific instructions.

  • Dealing with people from multiple functions.

  • Making judgments and decisions.

  • Dealing with changing priorities.

  • Giving direction to others without having formal authority.

  • Working under pressure to meet specific deadlines.

  • Dealing with unplanned schedule changes, call-ins and prolonged working hours.

  • This role is part of a very limited sized staff which requires dropping the job at hand to assist elsewhere in the plant on short notice, which adds extra stress to an already stressful daily routine.

  • Shift work.


  • A review of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and requirements are essential job functions.

  • All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

  • Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties requested by their supervisor.

  • Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

  • This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.

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.