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Operation & Maintenance Technician


Buffalo, NY, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  5434

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve. We have businesses in 26 states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth.  We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally. 

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for multiple years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award



Under the provisions of the Labor Agreement and Local Supplementary Agreements including all DTE and GM Safety Rules and Regulations, Operating Engineers will generally be responsible for operating and performing routine maintenance and repair on all equipment within the assigned areas of responsibility with the exception of new installations, mechanical and electrical. Operating Engineers will operate and maintain medium voltage substations, primary switchyard, transformers and related equipment, steam boilers and associated equipment, including chillers, compressors, cooling towers, pumps, waste water treatment process equipment, loading and un-loading tanker trucks, fans and perform all other work related to their trade as may be required on Utility Assets equipment as directed by the Plant Manager (PM) or their designee.




  • Safe operation and routine maintenance on all utilities production equipment and related systems. The equipment and systems will include medium voltage substations, primary substation, transformers, steam boilers, chillers, compressors, cooling towers, water treatment equipment and other support systems and ancillary equipment.
  • Operating all equipment to meet the day to day production demands of the GM manufacturing facility.  This includes the production of steam, chilled water, river water pumping station, waste water treatment, loading and unloading tanker trucks, emergency generator, electrical distribution systems and compressed air at the quantities and specifications required by the manufacturing facility.    
  • Monitoring of operating parameters and recording operating data, including production rates, fuel usage, electrical usage, pressures, temperatures, vibration indications, alarms and other pertinent information related to the safe operation of the equipment. 
  • Operating Engineers will be required to promptly notify the Plant Manager or their designee of any unusual, abnormal or potentially unsafe operating conditions and to take action to mitigate any potentially unsafe condition.   
  • Operation and routine maintenance associated with water treatment equipment for boilers, cooling towers and cold water closed loops. These activities will include the routine monitoring of water quality, the addition of water treatment chemicals to ensure the required water quality and the performance of routine maintenance of water treatment equipment including changing filters, adding salt to softeners, etc.
  • The de-energization (lock-out/tag-out) of all equipment within the powerhouse that is required to allow the safe performance of maintenance on such equipment.
  • Perform routine (planned maintenance) on all 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.   
  • The recording and documenting of all maintenance activities that are performed on utility production equipment. This may include utilizing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to electronically document information and historical data. 
  • Maintain an adequate supply of spare parts including, belts, hoses, seals, lubricants, sensing devices, gauges, etc. as may be related to their trade in a designated storage area.
  • Perform troubleshooting and correcting problems related to the proper monitoring, control and operation of all utility equipment.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area ensuring that the area is left in an unobstructed and safe condition following the completion of the job.
  • Perform work and conduct activities as directed by the PM or designee within their assigned area that pertains to energy conservation, including the repair of leaks, the timely turn-down of lighting and other machinery, etc.
  • Actively participate in Continuous Improvement efforts to achieve targeted goals and metrics to operate the facility efficiently and effectively.




  • Candidates should have a minimum of two years experience in plant operations


  • Ability to read and understand one line drawings for electrical and mechanical systems.


  • Ability to perform electrical troubleshooting on medium voltage and low voltage systems


  • Ability to draw a motor control start-stop diagram


  • Two years operating centralized chilled water systems.


  •  A Universal Refrigeration license is required. 


  • A First Class Stationary Engineer license is highly preferred.


  • Shift work is required and employees will be required to perform both operational and routine maintenance of the facility equipment.


  • Employees will be represented by the Operating Engineers Union, Local 17S.





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: taste and smell. Frequently, the employee is required to stand. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear.


The employee in this classification will be required to occasionally lift objects of up to 100 pounds in weight.  It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee be able to lift up to 50 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.




The employee performs job duties in a field office or manufacturing site, with a very loud noise level.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Buffalo