O & M Technician II Water Plant


Bakersfield, CA, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  13367

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. The pay range for this position is $30.26  -  $37.87.


Job Summary

Location: Bakersfield, CA

This individual is directly responsible for testing, analyzing, and controlling the various parameters in the Water Treatment Plant to ensure optimum performance, and the production of the highest quality boiler water possible.

Key Accountabilities

  • Continuously monitor Water Plant systems and equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation
  • Continuously monitor Water Plant chemistry, recognizing abnormal conditions and taking appropriate corrective action
  • Ensure the safe transfer of chemicals within the Water Plant in accordance with Company policy and procedures
  • Work shift work, overtime, and emergency "call outs" as required
  • Perform assigned maintenance duties during plant shutdowns
  • Maintain the Water Plant equipment in a safe, clean, and orderly fashion
  • Perform water quality testing for the following equipment: Wemco, Clarifier, R.O. and D.I units
  • Maintain logs and reports as required to inform others of current operating parameters and condition of equipment and systems
  • Monitor the operation of the plant water wells WS-1 and WS-2 as required to ensure proper operation
  • Monitor the water drainage moat and containment pond for proper operation and maintain level in pond below overflow
  • Assist other O&M Techs as requested
  • Assist with development of training materials and training of others
  • Successfully complete training objectives as assigned
  • Responds to abnormal and emergency operating situations in a safe and reasonable manner
  • Perform all other duties as assigned

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • A high school diploma or equivalent and at least two years of water plant or other process control systems experience

Other Qualifications

Other Requirements:  

  • Must have demonstrated technical ability in the operation and maintenance of water processing plant or equivalent process system
  • Must have the general ability to read and understand piping drawings, logic flow charts and process diagrams
  • Must possess the knowledge and ability to use computers and related technology efficiently
  • Must have beginning knowledge of chemistry, electricity/electronics, thermodynamics, pneumatic and mechanical systems
  • Must have general knowledge of OSHA standards
  • Must be capable of concise, efficient, and legible communications

Physical Demands & Working Conditions

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:

  • Sit, stand, or walk for a minimum of 8-hour shifts, including walking long distances, up and down stairs and on uneven ground 
  • Frequently lift objects of up to 75 pounds in weight and carry objects of up to 35 pounds in weight. Occasionally the employee will have to push or pull objects of up to 70 pounds in weight
  • Frequently climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or occasionally, crawl
  • Talk & hear; use hands & fingers; handle & feel; and able to reach with hands and arms extensively
  • Frequent operations of controls with occasional driving and fine hand function manipulations of tools and equipment
  • Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme heat and cold. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery and burns. Exposed to protected and unprotected heights, which requires the use of a personal fall protection system (harness/lifeline). Occasionally exposed to vibration and fumes or airborne particles which will require the use of personal protective equipment including respirators; flame retardant clothing; self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), etc. Enter and work in confined space areas.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Bakersfield