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Maintenance Technician


Bakersfield, CA, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  5204

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: Mt. Poso Cogeneration Company, LLC, Bakersfield, California

Job Summary

This position is responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing all mechanical equipment at a wood fired steam turbine electrical generation power plant. Job tasks will range from routine maintenance to complex mechanical troubleshooting and use of precision measurement tools. This position will report directly to the Maintenance Supervisor.

Key Accountabilities

  • Performs repair and maintenance work following blueprint sketches and procedures involving such tasks as drilling, tapping, fabricating, welding, machinery alignment and quality control.
  • Identifies mechanical design, machinery improvements or problems and recommends modifications necessary for resolution.
  • Follows safety/environmental rules and regulations. Implements safe working practices and immediately identities hazards and recommends and/or implements repairs.
  • Works with all departments in a team effort to support the generating plant in attaining their goals.
  • Provides training and technical guidance to other team members.
  • Schedules, coordinates, works with, and monitors contractors on specific tasks as required.
  • Attends to housekeeping at the end of each job/task.
  • Maintains various mechanical equipment associated with biomass and gas fired boilers, steam turbines, electrical generators, compressors, water treatment equipment, pumps, valves, and other auxiliary equipment.
  • Uses maintenance reporting system to record time and material use, problems identified and corrected, and further actions required; provide complete history of maintenance on equipment.
  • Operates a wide variety of construction equipment, power equipment, hand tools and perform rigging and staging erection.
  • Conducts equipment and system tagging according to company and plant rules and regulations.
  • Uses Continuous Improvement tools as assigned for troubleshooting and improving plant equipment.
  • Performs housekeeping assignments as directed.
  • Performs equipment safety inspections as required and records results as appropriate.
  • Participates in small construction projects. Reads and interprets 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.
  • May be called to respond for emergency call-ins and overtime plus provide acceptable off-hours contact by phone.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

A high school diploma or GED is required. Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license. Ability to read, write and speak English and perform basic mathematical computations. Training on mobile heavy equipment, loaders, trucks, and welding. Four (4) years experience as a mechanic/machinist, preferably in a biomass fired steam turbine power plant environment to provide for the following:

  • Demonstrated use of standard mechanical tools and measurement devices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding in four of the following skills: pipefitting, welding, machining, rigging, rotating machine repair, fabrication, machine alignment, piping schematics, mechanical drawings, basic vibration analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to locate, troubleshoot, adjust and correct defects in complex mechanical equipment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safe work practices associated with a power plant environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and coordinate work with others on technical subjects across job families.
  • Ability to work weekend, holidays and rotating shifts as required.


Physical Demands and Working Conditions

Attached are the Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands for the Mt. Poso Cogeneration Company, LLC.

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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