he Grayling Generating Station plant is a 38 MW biomass-fueled renewable energy power plant that produces electricity. The fuel consists primarily of bark and sawdust from local lumber mills and the non-marketable biomass from lumbering operations.


The power produced supports the health of the forests, mitigates greenhouse gases (is “carbon neutral”), conserves landfill space and supports the electric grid in northern Michigan.  The electric output is sold pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement with Consumers Energy Company.  This facility can produce enough electricity to power approximately 38,000 homes.  Commercial operation began in 1992.


Job Responsibilities

This section 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 including:

Operates assigned control systems including distributed control, water, steam turbine generator and related components in a safe and efficient manner.
Maintains assigned control systems to ensure proper operations; performs routine equipment maintenance, safety checks, inspections and adjustments, as required.
Takes measurements and readings and compares with standards. 
Implements corrective actions within established procedures.
Assists chemistry vendor in maintaining the boiler system by adjusting chemical feed, as appropriate, and in monitoring the boiler, cooling water and waste water chemistry; implements corrective actions within established procedures, as required.
Inspects and monitors environmental equipment. 
Provides equipment cleaning, filter changes and calibration gas adjustments.
Identifies and reports problems to the Lead Control Room Operator.
Logs equipment operating data in an accurate and timely manner.
Responds to alarms in a timely manner; operates necessary equipment to effectively respond to critical situations.
Performs maintenance activities during plant outages and minor maintenance on shift as required.
Operates mobile equipment located throughout the plant to maintain efficient operations.
Maintains a safe work environment through job planning, housekeeping, and adherence to plant safety rules and procedures, and identification and correction of hazards.
Maintains a clean and orderly work area.
Responds to incipient fire/spill situations according to developed procedures.
Insures the safe loading/unloading of bulk chemistries on site.
Inspects bulk chemical storage according to established schedule and maintains bulk storage areas according to established procedures.
Performs other comparable and related duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications

High school diploma OR GED
Power plant experience
Thorough knowledge of all plant systems and understanding of process and electrical diagrams, plant procedures and measurement standards
Ability to work overtime, as well as rotating schedule including nights and weekends

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to use analytical judgment to plan and perform diversified work, making decisions within prescribed limitations
Ability to effectively communicate with co-workers and take direction from others
Biomass experience
Power Plant Operator qualification
Biomass Fuel Supply Operator
Associate’s Degree

About Consumers Energy

We’re one of the largest combination utilities (electricity and natural gas) in the United States, and our reach in Michigan extends to nearly 6.6 million residents in the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

We’re leading the charge on energy efficiency, sustainable energy and new technologies in power generation. And, we’re doing it while focusing on reducing our environmental impact.