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Instrument & Control Technical Operator (Blue Water Energy Center)


China Twp, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  4919

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 different 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.

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

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for consecutive 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

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.

Testing Required: EEI MASS Test


Job Summary

Under indirect & supervision installs, troubleshoots, repairs, replaces, calibrates, tests, adjusts, inspects, modifies, operates, checks, maintains and lubricates a variety of different types of control, computer, alarm indicating & recording instruments & systems. 

Performs maintenance on various digital and analog equipment and systems. Troubleshoots and repairs instrument & control equipment and systems from tie-in to final control element. Fabricates and operates test equipment. Records and analyzes calibration, repair and test data. Reads and works from blue prints, diagrams and drawings. Obtains and analyzes water samples to control chemistry. Assists and works with contractors, vendors, operators and other organizations. Uses and maintains test equipment and tools: electrical test equipment, mechanical test equipment, and operates rigging, scaffolding, man lifts, forklifts and stake trucks.

Key Accountabilities
  • Installs, troubleshoots, repairs, replaces, calibrates, tests, adjusts, inspects, modifies, operates, checks, maintains and lubricates power plant equipment typically found in a combined cycle power plant.
  • DCS Systems: Software/hardware upgrades, troubleshoots, repairs. PC based and digital/analog systems: installs, upgrades, troubleshoots, repairs, configures new and current systems. Backs up and archives data. Programs devices and maintain backup data in the network library/disk library. Maintain computer hardware and software.
  • Advises the Operating Authority to protect personnel and prevent equipment damage. Provides training on equipment and unit operation to other plant personnel
  • Acts as a protection leader for employees, contractors and vendors. May act as a job leader.
  • Inspects, monitors and troubleshoots all energy center systems for correct operation or safety. Looks for defects in equipment, faulty operation, poor housekeeping, fire hazards, unsafe working conditions, etc.
  • Assists the SS-CC in composing and revising operating procedures and training material for the operation of site equipment and systems. Reviews training materials with the others as directed and verifies competency. Complete daily paperwork for operation of the facility
  • Performs maintenance on equipment. Troubleshoot the component level; repairing/replacing
  • Troubleshoots and corrects a wide variety of problems with electronic, electrical, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic failures to systems
  • Installs and repairs tubing, fabrication and compound bends, as it applies to instrumentation, works with mech fittings as pipe nipples, tees, elbows, bushings, reducers, compression, flare, etc. Sweat solders and performs minor brazing. Run lengths of seal tight, wire internal panel, fabricate instrument racks and install small electrical boxes. Work with electrical connectors for instrument work. Repairs control/regulating valves and trim replacement/ packing installation.
  • Installs, maintains and repairs laboratory and field equip with plant water chemistry. Maintains chemistry records. Collects and analyzes samples required by local, state or federal regulatory agencies. 
  • Uses chemicals when analyzing samples and servicing equipment. Orders chemical reagents. Acts as a first responder in the event of equipment spills and leaks. Performs cleanup and proper disposal for spills
  • Maintains records of repairs, calibration data, environmental data. Responsible for operation, troubleshooting and repair of CEM equipment to ensure operational and regulatory compliance. Prepares a list of parts and materials for submittal to supervision for approval.
  • Understands blueprints, diagrams, schematics, vendor manuals, computer databases and drawings for calibration, modification and troubleshooting. Uses charts, curves, tables, graphs, formulas and calculations for troubleshooting and improving efficiency. Updates, revises and creates plant documents. Provides technical support to plant groups on electrical and electronic control schemes and provides technical support to off-site groups and external customers. 
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED and satisfactorily completed two years of formal course work containing topics commonly found in high school college prep courses in algebra and physics. Documentation of these courses will be required prior to final selection.
  • Must be an Instrument and Control Technician A or have at least four- and one-half years of equivalent instrument and control experience including two years of process controls systems experience. Preferred: Combined Cycle power plant experience
  • Must have a valid driver's license and meet company driving standards
  • Must have an acceptable score on the EEI MASS and all pre-hire assessment tests
  • Satisfactory physical examination
  • Skills demonstration may be required. Documented completion of all six (6) components of DTE Energy’s “hands on” Instrument & Control Technician Skill Demonstration.
  • Shift work may be required
  • Must have the interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with team members
  • Working knowledge of maintenance on electrical equipment, measuring devices, mechanical equipment, precision tools/instruments, chemical systems, distributed control systems and other balance of energy center equipment
  • Requires a working knowledge of organizational policies and procedures, safety standards and regulations, environmental regulations, and administrative procedures