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Instrument and Control Engineer

Location: 

Beresford, SD, US

Company:  DTE Biomass Energy, Inc
Job ID:  6926

This position will ultimately reside at 29049 468th Ave, Beresford, South Dakota 57004.  There will be extensive cross training with the Wisconsin dairy projects through year end with flexibility regarding the engineer’s home office during this training preference for the following locations:

  • Lincoln, WI (between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay)
  • Newton, WI (outside of Manitowoc)
  • Rosendale, WI (near Fond du Lac)
  • New Chester, WI (Grand Marsh, WI)

 

 

Job Summary

This position offers the opportunity to work with a small group of individuals in a rapidly growing renewable fuels industry.  The individual is responsible for ensuring that instrumentation and controls are functioning per design, accurate, and precise while maximizing safety and production at multiple dairies where anaerobic digester gas is processed and turned into renewable natural gas.  The individual will work collaboratively with other members of the operations team to quickly diagnose electrical and controls problems and continuously improve the performance of the plant.  The I&C engineer will be responsible for executing maintenance on compressors, conduct electrical troubleshooting, create operational reports, and safely operating a complex renewable natural gas processing plant while maximizing profitability.   Attention to detail, especially with the correct metering of renewable gas, will be critical to success.  This position will report to the Regional Operations Manager.  While work hours are primarily during normal daylight hours, callouts and flexibility of work hours will be necessary.

Key Accountabilities

Mission

Safely, ethically, and profitably operate the equipment necessary for the processing and transportation of gas produced from multiple dairy manure digesters into pipeline quality gas.  The multimillion-dollar process involves compression of gas, membrane separation of carbon dioxide from methane, trucking of gas, and pipeline injection.  This is a rapidly growing business line with potential for future promotion following success in this role.   

 

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • A minimum of five years of industrial experience with associates degree while demonstrating continuous skill advancement or a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering with controls experience.  Competencies include but not limited to:
  • Problem solving with root cause analysis expertise and capability
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written communication skill
  • Interface effectively with a variety of people, such as engineers, plant personnel, supervision, management, contractors, service groups, and vendors

Other Qualifications

Other Qualifications

Solid background in instrumentation and controls – flow meters, control valves, PLC Programming, calibration, VFD, 4-20 mA signals. Strong industrial skill set – including electrical troubleshooting, PLC knowledge, gas compressor maintenance and operations, flow meter operations, valves, gas chromatographs, etc. Strong administrative skills – basic computer skills, assisting in purchasing correct equipment, and operator logs to support inventory management, maintenance planning. Safety Background/Understanding – Understanding of OSHA requirements and ability to learn detailed requirements for operating environment, developing a good safety culture, and implementing safety improvements. Excellent interpersonal skills – maintaining positive relationships and communication coworkers and leaders will be essential to success.  Individuals with previous knowledge and experience with anaerobic digesters and associated processes will be given top consideration.  Candidate is required to have a valid driver’s license.  

Additional Information

Additional Information

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.  To properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is routinely required to reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, feel and smell. The employee must be able to walk on shallow and steep slopes.  Frequently the employee will be required to stand, walk, and sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to use hands and fingers to handle and manipulate object as well as to talk and hear.  The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 35 pounds in weight. Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with depth perception.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme cold and/or heat.  The employee is regularly exposed to electric devices, moving mechanical parts and/or machinery.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.  Employee will routinely operate a motor vehicle.  Employee will be required to respond to plant upset conditions (callouts) outside of normal business hours, work unscheduled overtime and may occasionally be required to travel to other work locations using personal transportation (travel expense reimbursed within policy limits).  Employee will also be responsible for operating and maintaining a DOT regulated pipeline as needed. 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.

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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