HVAC Technician


Brook Park, OH, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  11918

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

The person holding this position will be responsible for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of chiller plant and associated equipment, customer refrigeration equipment, Direct Fired AHUs, and hot water systems located at the facility. All interactions with the customer and their employees are expected to be professional and courteous. NOW OFFERING A $5,000 SIGNING BONUS!


Key Accountabilities


  • Complies with all site safety requirements and procedures. Identifies and reports safety hazards in real time and takes corrective actions as necessary.
  • Perform work in accordance with and support the development and improvement of Standard Operating Procedures and Job Hazard Analysis.
  • Facilitates pre-job briefs with staff/contractors to ensure worker safety and DTE policies and procedures are followed.
  • Active participant of the site safety team/committee.
  • Performs routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; supports corrective maintenance efforts on equipment.
  • Performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements.
  • Respond to abnormalities and take corrective actions consistent with established operating procedures and good practice.
  • Conducts routine tours of the plant to inspect equipment.
  • Maintains accuracy of Daily Operations Work Logs, time sheet, work orders, and other administrative documents related to operations.
  • Performs routine cycle chemistry testing and makes the necessary adjustments to optimize efficiency. Checks daily consumption rates of chemicals, gases, 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, trouble- shooting, and maintenance tasks under direction of Management or Lead O&M Technician.
  • 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 and assists revisions of operations and maintenance related procedures.
  • Performs and maintains housekeeping standards and duties.
  • Communicates with other company personnel on-site and at other locations.
  • Represents the company in dealing with the public, customers, vendors, contractors, regulators, and other non-company personnel under the direction of Management.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED is required as well as the ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English and to do basic mathematics.
  • Must possess a Universal Refrigeration License.
  • Must possess a valid state Driver’s License.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Teams, SharePoint, and Excel required.
  • Relevant experience with industrial, commercial, or residential HVAC work required.
  • Required to work rotating shift schedules, overtime, and respond to off hour call ins.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge and experience removing, adding, trimming, reclaiming, replacing of refrigerants from equipment.
  • Have working knowledge and experience with troubleshooting, testing, repairing, diagnosing, replacing of parts, components, refrigerant leak repair, brazing and repair of refrigerant lines on HVAC and refrigeration equipment.
  • Have knowledge of and experience in the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, testing of Air Houses, and Gas fired equipment, and Hot water systems.
  • Related Vocational Training, Technical Training, or an Associate Degree in the HVAC field will be considered in lieu of actual experience.
  • Experience with industrial Centrifugal Chillers, cooling towers, Chilled water chemical applications preferred.
  • Experience with CMMS, Leidos and BMS systems preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with pumps, fans, belts, pulleys, dampers, heat pumps, heat exchangers, dryers, and filters.
  • Ability to complete site specific qualification program as required.
  • Knowledge of basic safety procedures i.e., LOTO, Electrical Safety, Hot Work, Working at Heights, Hazardous Materials, and Lifting and supporting loads.
  • Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, chain falls, and slings.


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.

To properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is required to: stand, walk or climb and stoop or kneel. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee has the ability to talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.

The employee in this classification will be required to lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight. Carry objects of up to 35 pounds in weight. Occasionally the employee will have to push or pull objects 70 pounds in weight.

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

 The employee must have the ability to work on ladders, lifts and heights of greater than 20 feet.

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a utility plant environment and outdoors. In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, works 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 moderate but may become loud at the plant site.


Additional Information

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.


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.