Operations & Maintenance Tech


Ashtabula Twp, OH, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  12870

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.  But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences, and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

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, troubleshooting, 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


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

Additional Qualifications

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 required to:

  • Stand, walk or climb and stoop or kneel
  • Talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use wrists, hands and/or fingers in a repetitive motion; and reach with hands and arms extensively
  • Lift objects up to 50 pounds in weight. Carry objects of up to 35 pounds in weight 
  • Occasionally 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

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 to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may become loud at the plant site.


At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that 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 or any other status protected by law.