In December 1969, Bush graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, and began his career in the power industry in January 1970.
“It was during college I decided the power industry was for me,” Bush said. “I interviewed with three companies, two of which made job offers, and I accepted a position with Consumers Power to begin my long-term career.”
While working for Consumers Power (now Consumers Energy), Bush held several progressive technical and managerial positions in Kalamazoo, Jackson, Monroe and Bay City. He said his goal to work at Consumers’ J.H. Campbell plant in Port Sheldon Township came to fruition in 1991 when he was offered a position as site general manager. Bush managed multiple stations and projects at this facility until he resigned in 1996 and accepted a short-term position with West Michigan Industrial Services in Grand Haven.
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