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Assistant Plant Manager


Berkeley, CA, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  9622

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.

Job Summary

Location: Berkeley, California

This is a leadership position with responsibility for all aspects of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) including direct leadership of the operations and maintenance staff consisting of 11 hourly team members.  This person should have experience or familiarity with Gas Turbines, HRSGs, Boilers, Gas Compressors, Air Compressors, Water Treatment, Pumps and Electrical Infrastructure associated with a Cogeneration facility. 

The person holding this position provides leadership to the operations and maintenance team on the daily operation of equipment under the general direction of the Plant Manager. He or she manages the daily operation of the facility to ensure the environment and plant personnel are safe. He or she will be knowledgeable of all environmental and compliance permits and how they are implemented in an operating plant. This person will also have a demonstrated knowledge of the management of the maintenance function of a cogeneration power plant, managing the planned outage activities; focused on optimization of scope, schedule, and budget.

Results are reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to these policies, procedures, and practices.


Key Accountabilities

  • Ensures the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of the facility at all times.
  • Maintains a strong safety culture.  Complies with all site safety and environmental requirements and procedures.  Identifies safety hazards and takes corrective actions as necessary.  Assists with the development of and ensures that all site safety requirements and procedures are properly implemented, consistently observed and corrective actions are initiated when applicable.
  • Develops, implements, and manages consistent plant operating philosophies and best practices to maximize plant availability, efficiency, and productivity.
  • Constantly reviews and improves operational processes and ensures that operating personnel are properly trained and adhere to established procedures and standards in accordance with prudent industry practices.
  • Proactively manage shift schedules to minimize overtime and comply with administrative guidelines.
  • Establishes and adds to/modifies as required all predictive/preventive maintenance requirements programmed into the maintenance management system in alignment with maintenance strategy.
  • Develop performance goals and conduct performance reviews in a comprehensive, open, and objective manner to align employee accountabilities and conduct with operational processes in accordance with administrative guidelines.
  • Investigates operating abnormalities and incidents to improve equipment availability and performance and to minimize maintenance requirements.
  • Prepares necessary plant operation reports in a timely manner and investigates all forced outages, reporting them in accordance with the BU practice through SharePoint.
  • In collaboration with Plant Manager, prepares and continually evaluates the operating budgets and/or makes recommendations to the Plant Manager relative to optimization of operations and maintenance costs.  
  • Assists with maintenance engineering evaluations and troubleshooting of equipment abnormalities.
  • Lead project management of all planned outage activities, including long term planning for capital improvements.
  • In collaboration with the Plant Manager, drives continuous improvement of established metrics on the plant huddle board.  Continually stretching goals towards True North. 
  • Lead / support development of plant personnel in skillsets, equipment/system knowledge and solving critical operational concerns.
  • Support management of change process to ensure traceability and collaboration on execution.
  • Lead / support problem solving activities and coach and mentor the 4 CI capabilities within the team.
  • Assures proper staffing, scheduling, orientation, and training of the plant staff, and manages compliance with all company policies and procedures. Supports recruiting, interviews, and assigns operations and maintenance employment candidates.
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with key customer personnel.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through at least 5 years supervisory or managerial experience in a cogeneration power plant, or
  • 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 cogeneration power plant, or
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with a minimum of 2 years supervisory or managerial experience in a cogeneration power plant


Other Qualifications Preferred


  • Thorough, demonstrated understanding of plant operations and maintenance, with strong knowledge of generating equipment, boilers, and water treatment processes.
  • Ability to analyze and improve operations business processes, utilizing information about market dynamics and competitors' processes and achievements.
  • Proven planning and scheduling experience working with O&M technicians, and other technical personnel involved with preventative/predictive and corrective maintenance.
  • Solid knowledge of plant engineering and plant maintenance functions and how they relate to operations and income.
  • Experience with accounting practices as it relates to analyzing cost impacts to budget.
  • Demonstrated skill in planning, coordinating, and directing varied programs and tasks directly effecting the overall plant operation.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work shifts and extra/irregular hours and to work under unusual and special conditions that can arise in a cogeneration power plant.


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.

In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, taste and smell. Frequently, the employee is required to stand, walk, and sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee can talk and hear and to use hands and fingers to handle or feel.

The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight and occasionally lift or move objects of up to 50 pounds in weight.

Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a business office setting and at a plant site. While working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally 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 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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