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Renewable Energy Plant Operator


Casco, WI, US

Company:  DTE Biomass Energy, Inc
Job ID:  4681

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. DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work including Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work”.


DTE Biomass Energy (DTEBE) develops, owns and operates landfill gas recovery systems throughout the United States.  As a leader in landfill gas recovery, with more than 20 operating facilities stretching from New York to California, we have the proven capabilities to help provide communities with safe, environmentally sound energy.  Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, DTE Biomass Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of DTE Energy.  DTEBE has an immediate opening at (the facility below).


Calumet Renewables, LLC contains several renewable natural gas facilities in Manitowoc and Kewaunee Counties in WI. The plants produce RNG by puling dairy digester gas, cleaning the gas by removing H2S, Oxygen, CO2 and water and compress the gas to inject into the pipeline. Maintenance of equipment includes screw and reciprocating compressors, membrane cleaning system, natural gas dryer, flare, thermal oxidizers, chromatographs and flow meters.



Job Summary

This position is responsible for executing maintenance and operations for an anaerobic digestion to renewable natural gas (RNG) located near Grand Marsh, WI. The site consists of three digesters and a plant that strips carbon dioxide out of the gas stream, creating a pure natural gas product. The gas is compressed and trucked via CNG trailers to an interconnect outside of Manitowoc, WI where it is injected into an interstate pipeline and used for vehicle fuel. The facility technician will be responsible for executing maintenance on digesters, compressors, pipelines, 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. While work hours are primarily during normal daylight hours, after hours call-outs and flexibility of work hours will be necessary. Technician will also travel to other Wisconsin RNG facilities as needed.


Safely, ethically, and profitably operate the equipment necessary for the processing and transportation of gas produced from manure digesters into pipeline quality gas. The multi-million 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.

Key Accountabilities


  • Deliver budgeted net income targets
  • Process and sell 93%+ of the gas produced from the digesters
  • Achieve safe operations (no DART or OSHA Injuries)
  • Meet emissions requirements
  • Minimize plant operating costs
  • Achieve OSHA and DART rates of zero
  • Demonstrate operational excellence that allows additional roles and responsibilities
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
  • A high school diploma or GED is required.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.
  • A two year technical degree (Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics or similar) or a two year science degree (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology or similar) are desired or an equivalent of work experience).
  • 5+ years of industrial experience showing continuous improvement.
Other Qualifications

A successful candidate will have 5+ years’ industrial experience, showing continuous skill advancement. Demonstrated competencies will include:

  • 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.
  • Strong logistical skills – truck dispatching, bill of laden creation, inventory management, maintenance planning
  • Safety Background/Understanding – Understanding of OSHA requirements, developing a good safety culture, and implementing safety improvements
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – maintaining a good relationship with the dairy host, the community, and employees will be essential to success.
  • Candidate will be required to lift up to 50lbs, walk across un-even terrain, and perform a variety of tasks that require manual dexterity and flexibility.
Additional Information

The employee will be required to operate and maintain a DOT regulated pipeline. Employee will be subject to random drug screening during employment per DOT PHMSA requirements.

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 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 25 pounds in weight. Occasionally, the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 50 pounds in weight.

Working Conditions

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 moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. Employee will routinely operate a motor vehicle on unimproved terrain.

Employee will be required to respond to plant upset conditions (call-outs) 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).

<span style="font-family: "Arial",sans-serif;">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 or any other status protected by law.

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