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Power Plant Maintenance Manager


Bakersfield, CA, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  11747

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 $118,000.00  -  $151,000.00.




Location:  Bakersfield California


General Summary: 


Responsible for the safe and efficient operation and management of staff at the generating plant. Provides direct supervision and leadership of the maintenance group under the general direction of the Assistant Plant Manager. This person plans, schedules and supervises the predictive, preventative, corrective, and overhaul maintenance of all power plant electric generating, steam producing, material handling, rolling stock and associated plant equipment.


This position ensures the plant is maintained in a reliable, safe, environmentally compliant, and efficient manner. Exercises independent discretion and judgment within established policies, procedures, and practices.  Results are reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to these policies, procedures, and practices.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible to ensure the safe operation of the plant in full compliance with all DTE and regulatory requirements.
  • Directs plant maintenance personnel and contractors as required ensuring that plant reliability and efficiency are maintained.
  • Manages the CMMS work order program.
    • Maintains and manages the CMMS work order program so that manpower, equipment, and materials are allocated effectively and efficiently to meet maintenance schedules and operating requirements.
    • Schedules and manages preventive and predictive maintenance in accordance with equipment and systems requirements.
    • Constantly reviews and improves maintenance processes and ensures that maintenance personnel are properly trained and adhere to established procedures and standards in accordance with prudent industry practices.
    • Continually evaluates, schedules, and budgets maintenance activities to optimize maintenance cost effectiveness, work quality, outage time and availability.
  • Ensures performance goals are met and that performance reviews are completed in a timely and professional fashion to align employee accountabilities and conduct with maintenance processes.
  • Investigates operating abnormalities and incidents to improve equipment availability and performance and to minimize maintenance requirements.
  • Prepares necessary plant maintenance reports in a timely manner and investigates all forced outages.
  • Reviews and provides maintenance engineering evaluations and troubleshooting of equipment abnormalities.
  • Maintains a consistent and effective level of communications with the Assistant Plant Manager, Plant Manager, Operations Manager, and Administrative staff.
  • Recommends the scheduling of and supervises the performance of overhauls of plant equipment and systems by outside contractors and/or plant staff.
  • Provides input on inventory of spare parts consistent with preventive maintenance and repair requirements.
  • Establishes department and group goals based on the requirements of the PPA, suppliers, employees, the owners and other stakeholders.



Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

A high school diploma or equivalent and knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through at least 5 years supervisory or managerial experience in a solid fuel fired power plant, or an Associate degree or industry-recognized certificate (i.e., the completion of a core group of course designated by the institution) in a related discipline is preferred and knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through at least 3 years supervisory or managerial experience in a solid fuel fired power plant, or 2 years of military experience at an officer level, or a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with a minimum of 2 year supervisory or managerial experience in a solid fuel fired power plant, to provide for the following:


  • A thorough, demonstrated understanding of power plant operations, with strong understanding of the maintenance function. Understanding of steam turbine technology, mechanics, hydraulics, electricity and electronics.
  • Working knowledge of operations and engineering functions and their interrelation to maintenance.
  • Fundamental understanding of Electrical systems and Instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated experience managing Electricians, IC&E Technicians, Mechanics, and other skilled trades.
  • Understanding of accounting systems as it relates to work orders.
  • Experience with accounting practices as it relates to analyzing cost impacts to budget.
  • Ability to analyze potentially complex, costly maintenance problems and direct their resolution through formal problem-solving methods.
  • Ability to analyze and improve maintenance business processes, utilizing information about market dynamics and competitors' processes and achievements.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of Risk-Based Asset Management (RBAM) strategies.
  • Solid knowledge of plant engineering and plant maintenance functions and how they relate to operations and income.
  • Ability to work shifts and extra/irregular hours and to work under unusual and special conditions that can arise in a biomass fired generation plant.
  • Proficient in the use of MS applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint  in a Windows environment.  Extensive experience with computer based maintenance management programs and Internet.



Physical Demands:


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee’s work will consist of administrative and field support, both in a business office setting and at a plant site. In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to stand or walk, stoop or kneel crouch and or crawl.  The position also requires the employee to climb stairs and ladders and maneuver in awkward positions. Frequently, the employee is required to sit.  It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms extensively.

The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 25   pounds in weight. 

Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions:

 In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and may work 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 quiet to moderate in the office, 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.





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