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O & M Technician III


Bakersfield, CA, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  11926

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 $33.48  -  $38.04.


Location: Bakersfield, California


 Job Summary

The person holding this position will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all power plant equipment and assist with maintenance tasks as assigned.


Key Accountabilities

  •  Performs all station shift operation and maintenance, including startup and shutdown of main plant components and auxiliaries
  • Perform operations in accordance with established Standard Operating Procedures and job safety standards
  • Respond to abnormalities and take corrective actions consistent with established operating procedures and good engineering practice
  • Conducts routine tours of the plant to inspect equipment; record readings and 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
  • Performs plant switching and tagging of equipment in accordance with approved procedures and prudent operations and maintenance practices
  • Performs electrical and mechanical inspections, troubleshooting, and maintenance tasks under direction of Management when assigned
  • Investigates 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
  • Performs routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment when properly trained or supervised
  • Becomes lead system representative on assigned systems
  • Performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements
  • Displays routine proficiency improvements toward becoming qualified as an O&M Tech IV (Lead Operator)
  • May be called upon to assist with the duties of the O&M Tech II
  • Communicates with other company personnel on-site and at other locations
  • Represents the company in dealing with the public, steam and power customers, vendors, contractors, regulators, and other non-company personnel
  • Assist other team members and works with all departments to support the operation in achieving its goals
  • Willingness to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime and respond to off-hour call-ins


Minimum Qualifications & Education Requirements

  •  A high school diploma or GED is required
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license
  • Must have at least five (5) years of power plant experience in operations and maintenance, including 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 


Other Requirements

  • Experience with wood fired steam turbine electrical generation is preferred
  • Ability to read and write effectively in English and to do basic mathematics
  • Ability to complete site-specific written qualification programs
  • 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
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principals related to physics, mathematics, AC & DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermal dynamics and chemistry
  • 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 evaluate operating equipment to identify abnormal operating conditions.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to operate and maintain various analytical and test equipment
  • Willingness to work rotating shift schedules, overtime, and respond to off-hour call-ins

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.





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