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IC&E Technician


Bakersfield, CA, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  5475

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

Location: Bakersfield, California


General Summary 


The person holding this position is responsible for installing, maintaining, testing, and troubleshooting of instrumentation, controls, and electrical /electronic system at a coal fired steam turbine power generation plant. This is a “journeymen” level position with a high degree of knowledge of instrumentation, controls, low, medium and high voltage switchgear, transformers, generators, protective relays and motor control centers. This person will assist the Operations and Maintenance Manager and advise O&M Technicians and Shift Supervisors on instrument, controls and electrical equipment.


 Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Calibrates tests, maintains, troubleshoots and installs all power plant instrumentation, control systems and electrical equipment.
  • Performs maintenance on motor control centers, motor operated valves, generators, excitation equipment and motors.
  • Performs preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance on equipment, coordinating work with various team members.
  • Designs and installs new equipment and/or system modifications.
  • Troubleshoots and performs maintenance on DC backup power equipment, process controls, programmable logic controls (PLC) and emission monitoring equipment.
  • Uses maintenance reporting system to record time and material use, problem identified and corrected, and further action required; provides complete history of maintenance on equipment.
  • Schedule, coordinate, work with and monitors contractors on specific tasks as required.  
  • Follows safe working practices at all times.
  • Identifies safety hazards and recommends solutions.
  • Follows environmental compliance work practices.
  • Identifies environmental non-compliance problems and assist in implementing solutions.
  • Assists other team members and work with all departments to support generating station in achieving their performance goals.
  • Trains other team members in the areas of instrumentation, control, and electrical systems.
  • Performs housekeeping assignments as directed.
  • Conduct equipment and system tagging according to company and plant rules and regulations.
  • Perform equipment safety inspections as required and record results as appropriate. 
  • Participate in small construction projects.  Read and interpret drawings, sketches, prints and specifications as required.
  • Orders parts as needed to affect maintenance and repair.
  • Performs Operations tasks on an as-needed basis and other tasks as assigned.
  • Available within a reasonable response time for emergency call-ins and overtime plus provide acceptable off-hour contact by phone and company pager.




Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


A high school diploma or GED is required. Must have a valid driver’s license. Ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English, with good math skills. Four years of experience as an I&C technician and/or Electrician in a power plant environment, preferably with a strong electrical background up to and including voltages to 15 KV to provide the following:


  • Demonstrated knowledge of electrical equipment, electronics, schematics, basics of chemistry and physics, and controls and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safe work practices associated with a power plant environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to calibrate I&C systems and equipment, including analytic equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to configure and operate various test instruments and equipment as necessary to troubleshoot and repair plant equipment including, but not limited to; distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers, motor control centers, transformers, generators, and continuous emissions monitor (CEM) systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in a team environment. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to coordinate work activities with other team members on technical subjects across job families.
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts as required




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: climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and taste and smell. Frequently the employee is required to, stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk or hear.


The employee in this classification will be required to occasionally lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight.  The employee will be required to frequently lift objects up to 10 pounds in weight and carry up to 35 pounds occasionally.  In addition, the employee will push or pull up to 70 pounds in weight occasionally.


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




The employee performs job duties in a power plant environment. In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and routinely 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 frequently loud at the plant site.




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.





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Nearest Major Market: Bakersfield