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O&M Technician Lv 1


Ashtabula Twp, OH, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  5337

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve. We have businesses in 26 states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth.  We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally. 

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for multiple years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

Job Summary

Location: Ashtabula, OH


The person holding this position will assist with the safe and efficient operation of all power plant equipment and maintenance tasks as directed by Management, Lead O&M Technician or the Responsible O&M Technician – Level 4 in Charge.

Key Accountabilities

• Assist with all station shift operation and maintenance, including startup and shutdown of main plant components and auxiliaries.
• Assist with operations in accordance with established SOPs and job safety standards.
• Respond to abnormalities and assist with corrective actions consistent with established operating procedures and good engineering practice.
• Conducts routine tours of the plant to inspect equipment; provides feedback to other employees.
• Complies with all site safety requirements and procedures. Identifies safety hazards and takes corrective actions as necessary.
• Maintains accuracy of shift operating logs, records, time sheets, work orders and other administrative documents related to the power plant.
• Performs routine cycle chemistry testing and makes the necessary adjustments to optimize efficiency. Checks daily consumption rates of chemicals, gasses, fuels, water and other consumables; monitors inventories and initiates action to replenish when appropriate.
• Assist with performing plant switching and tagging of equipment in accordance with approved procedures and prudent operations and maintenance practices as directed.
• Assist with performing electrical and mechanical inspections, trouble-shooting, and maintenance tasks under direction of Management, Lead O&M Technician or Responsible O&M Technician in Charge.
• Assist with investigating plant problems, incidents, accidents and unusual events, and provides analyses, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.
• Reads and records gauges and meters. Performs routine operational test and adjustments on all power plant systems and components, as required.
• Develops, assists, and revises operations and maintenance related procedures.
• Performs and maintains housekeeping standards and duties.
• Assist with performing routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment when properly trained or supervised.
• Performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements.
• Assist other team members and works with all departments to support the operation in achieving its goals.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

• High school diploma or GED.
• Ability to read and write effectively in English and to do basic mathematics.

Other Qualifications

Other Requirements:

• Knowledge of and experience in basic thermodynamics, boilers, pumps, SOP’s, and PJB, JHA and Risk Assessments preferred.
• Knowledge of power plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including motors, pumps, boilers, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, pollution control equipment, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc. and associated maintenance functions preferred.
• Ability to complete site-specific written qualification program.
• Basic knowledge of power plant safety, policies and procedures, especially in area such as chemical handling, high-energy systems, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, first aid, rotating machinery, and heavy equipment.
• Basic knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC & DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermal dynamics and chemistry.
• Basic knowledge of chemistry and power plant chemical applications.
• Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants.
• Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists and slings.
• Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

Physical Demands

The physical demands characterized here epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand or walk and sit. Frequently, the employee is required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or occasionally, crawl. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and constantly reach with hands and arms.

The employee in this classification will be required to lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight. Carry objects of up to 35 pounds in weight. Occasionally the employee will have to push or pull objects 70 pounds in weight.

Vision requirements for this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Working Conditions
While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a utility plant environment and outdoors. In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, works near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The employee is occasionally exposed fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may become loud at the plant site.

Additional Information

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law.