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Operation & Maintenance Tech (Non-Rep)


Berkeley, CA, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  8955

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.

Location: Berkeley, CA


General Summary


This position is responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of all energy-related assets located within a central powerhouse complex at the University of California Berkeley Campus. Utility (Steam) systems and powerhouse infrastructure experience is required.


Assets include (1) GE LM 2500 Combustion Turbine rated at 26 MW, (1) Terry Steam Turbine rated at 5 MW, (1) Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) operating at 165,000 lbs/hr at 600 PSI, (3) Steam Boilers rated at 100,000 lbs/hr operating at 125 PSI, (4) Reverse Osmosis Units for water quality, (3) Rotary Screw Air Compressors (2) rated at 166 CFM and (1) rated at 215 CFM use for Control Air within the plant, and Electrical Distribution Systems.


Principal Duties & Responsibilities


  • Ensure that the powerhouse assets are operated in a safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible manner while satisfying the Campus utility and energy requirements.
  • Participate in company safety programs and policies to promote a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Performs inspections, water analysis, and troubleshooting, to optimized plant performance.
  • Monitoring of operating parameters and recording operating data, including production efficiencies, electrical usage, pressures, temperatures, vibration indications, alarms and other pertinent information related to the safe operation of the powerhouse equipment.
  • Operating Engineers will be required to promptly notify the Plant Manager / Assistant Plant Manager of any unusual, abnormal or potentially unsafe operating conditions and take appropriate action to mitigate any potentially unsafe condition or condition that if otherwise not corrected could result in out of specification system production.
  • Performs scheduled and un-scheduled plant maintenance to optimize plant availability and improve cost effectiveness.
  • Operation and routine maintenance associated with water treatment equipment. These activities will include the routine monitoring of water quality and the performance of routine maintenance of water treatment equipment.
  • The de-energization (lock-out/tag-out) of all equipment within the scope of responsibility pertaining to utility / powerhouse assets that is required to allow the safe performance of maintenance on such equipment.
  • Perform routine (planned maintenance) on all utility / powerhouse equipment, including predictive, preventive, and minor corrective maintenance. Operating Engineers will also be required to assist contractors with work that is beyond the capability of the Operating Engineer, including tasks such as Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine maintenance etc.   
  • The recording and documenting of all maintenance activities that are performed on utility / powerhouse equipment. This includes utilizing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to electronically document information and historical data. 
  • Perform troubleshooting and correcting problems related to the proper monitoring, control and operation of utility / powerhouse equipment.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area ensuring that the area is left in an unobstructed and safe condition following the completion of maintenance / repair tasks.
  • Perform work and conduct activities as directed by the Plant Manager and Assistant Plant Manager within their assigned area.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


A high school diploma or GED is required and at least four (4) years’ experience in utility / powerhouse operations.


 Special Job Characteristics


  • Works (8-Hour) days Monday-Friday unless needed for (12-Hour) Operator shift coverage.   
  • Must be available for call outs, scheduled overtime, weekend and holiday work.
  • Must be able to wear a respirator (this requires remaining clean-shaven)


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 is able to talk and hear and to use hands and fingers to handle or feel.


The employee in this classification will be required to occasionally lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight.  It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee be able to push or pull up to 75 pounds in weight.


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


Working Conditions


The employee performs job duties in a field office and powerhouse environment, with a loud noise levels.

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: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland