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Maintenance Operator (Blue Water Energy Center)


China Twp, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  4918

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 POSS Test


Job Summary

This is a multi-skilled trade classification encompassing operational, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and controls functions at an energy center.  This position is responsible for operating, monitoring and maintaining all energy center equipment and systems. The Maintenance Operator work is typically performed under the supervision of the Shift Supervisor - Combined Cycle (SS-CC), Combined Cycle Supervisor (CCS), and occasional work direction of another Maintenance Operator or assigned and directed by management.

Key Accountabilities

Some typical duties are including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Assists in operating equipment found in a combined cycle power plant. Plans, coordinates & performs switching & hazardous energy control of systems & switchyard equipment
  • Diagnoses, compensates & corrects various operating conditions on equipment using automatic control systems or manual regulation & process control equipment
  • Operates plant chemical systems to maintain water quality to meet state & federal regulations
  • Inspects, monitors & troubleshoots systems for correct operation or safety
  • Looks for defects in equipment, operation, housekeeping, fire hazards, unsafe working conditions, etc. Recommends & assists in developing changes in operating procedures
  • Initiate and process work orders and requests. Monitors and/or operates desktop & process control computers to diagnose, compensate, & correct various operating conditions
  • Troubleshoots & corrects a wide variety of problems with electronic, electrical, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic failures to systems
  • Provide hazardous energy control as protection leader. Act as contract administrator, providing necessary documentation and info for work to be performed
  • Uses chemicals when analyzing samples & servicing equip. Orders chemicals reagents. First responder for equipment spills & leaks. Performs cleanup & proper disposal
  • Reads & records data from various plant instruments. Maintains files of switching orders, work orders, lubrication records
  • Assists in the training of others, inclusive of MO
  • Assist the SS-CC in composing & revising operating procedures & training material for the operation of site equipment & systems. Reviews training materials as directed & verifies competency. Completes daily paperwork for operation of the facility
  • Performs predictive, preventive, and corrective maintenance work. Troubleshoots to the component level; repairing/replacing as necessary
  • Installs, maintains & repairs lab & field equipment water chemistry & maintains records. Collects & analyzes samples required by local, state or federal regulatory agencies
  • Operates rigging, scaffolding, man lifts, forklifts &stake trucks
  • Understands various prints, manuals, databases and drawings for calibration, modification & troubleshooting. Uses various pieces of information for troubleshooting and improving efficiency. Updates, revises and creates plant documents. Provides tech support to plant groups on electrical & electronic control schemes & provides tech support to off-site groups and external customers
  • Accepts and/or rejects new, rebuilt or replaced equip for service. Keeps all informed of status of operating equipment & conditions. Performs routine &special tests of equip
  • Acts as a member of the incipient fire brigade and operates firefighting equipment and duties of a Path Finder
  • Must maintain quals for First Aid/CPR
  • Relieves the CCS in the control room for up to an hour
  • Operate as a working leader to resolve potential issues
  • Maintains facility grounds
  • Performs additional job responsibilities
  • High school diploma, GED or higher education
  • Must have a valid driver's license and meet company driving standards
  • Must have an acceptable score on the EEI POSS and all pre-hire assessment tests AND
  • Fully qualified as a Power Plant Operator with 4 years of operating experience holding a Steam Plant Certificate or a City of Detroit 3rd Class Stationary Engineer License OR
  • Licensed or DTE Journeyman (Millwright, Boilermaker, Electrician) or I&C Technician OR
  • An associate degree in electrical, control systems or electrical trades technology, or other appropriate technology / engineering discipline, or certificate in turbine / power technology from a duly accredited program, and 3 years of relevant power plant experience

Preferred: Combined Cycle power plant experience