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Field Service Engineer


Dearborn, MI, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  6652

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

Field Service Engineer


Location: Dearborn, MI


Job Summary


The Field Service Engineer is responsible for safely and efficiently operating, monitoring and performing routine maintenance on all equipment located across multiple sites in the Dearborn, MI area. Equipment includes 35 Caterpillar diesel generators with sizes ranging between 2 to 2-1/2 MW each and a 12-MW Solar Gas Turbine with associated switchgear, controls, fuel tanks and misc. auxiliary equipment.

This is a represented “Journeymen" level position requiring advanced experience and knowledge of instrumentation and controls, low, medium and high voltage switchgear, transformers, generators, protective relays and motor control centers.


This person will report to the Plant Manager of DTE Dearborn CEP, LLC and must be able to function independently with minimal oversight and direction.


Key Accountabilities

  • Maintains all equipment in good and operable condition.
  • Performs maintenance on motor control centers, motor operated valves, generators, excitation equipment, compressors, fans, motors, and other equipment as assigned.
  • Performs preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance on equipment, coordinating work with various team members.
  • Provides input on the design and installation of new equipment and/or system modifications.
  • Troubleshoots and performs maintenance on DC backup power equipment, UPS systems, process controls, programmable logic controls (PLC) and emission monitoring equipment.
  • Uses a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to record hours spent and material used, problems identified and corrected, and any further action required. Builds complete history of maintenance on all equipment.
  • Schedules, coordinates and works with contractors on specific tasks as required.
  • Always follows safe working practices and ensures contractors understand and follow the established safety rules and regulations when working on site.
  • Identifies and corrects safety hazards and recommends solutions.
  • Follows environmental compliance work practices.
  • Identifies environmental non-compliance problems and assists in implementing solutions.
  • Assists in the training of new and existing team members.
  • Performs housekeeping assignments as required.
  • Conducts equipment and system LOTO according to company rules and regulations.
  • Perform equipment safety inspections as required and record results as appropriate.
  • Participates in small construction projects. Reads and interprets drawings, sketches, prints and specifications as required.
  • Submits requisitions and orders parts and materials as needed to affect maintenance and repair.
  • Performs Operations tasks on an as-needed basis and other tasks as assigned.
  • Available within a reasonable response time for emergency call-ins and overtime plus able to provide acceptable off-hour contact by phone.


Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Minimum (5) years of relevant experience with diesel backup generators, switchgear, instrumentation and controls, PLC's and protective relaying.
  • High school or vocational school diploma.
  • Associates degree (or equivalent) desired.


Other Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of power plant operations and engineering functions and their interrelation to maintenance.
  • A thorough and demonstrated understanding of electrical generator power plant operations, strong understanding of gas turbine technology, mechanics, hydraulics, electricity, power distribution, and electronics.
  • Understanding of accounting systems as relates to work orders, PM's, and spare parts inventories.
  • Planning, coordinating and directing varied programs and tasks directly involved with the operation and maintenance of the equipment.
  • Ability to analyze potentially complex operational problems and identify solutions.
  • Competent computer skills, especially Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Excel and Word).
  • Solid knowledge of electrical plant engineering and plant maintenance functions and how they relate to operations and income.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply technical information, including mechanical and electrical drawings (blueprints, P&IDs, single-line diagrams and schematics) to problem-solving situations and troubleshooting.
  • Proficiency in the use of electrical testing equipment including but not limited to: multimeters, meggers, grounding equipment and proper PPE associated with the use of this equipment.


Other Qualifications


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: frequently sit, stand, walk or climb and occasionally stoop, kneel or crawl. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able 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 frequently lift objects of up to 35 pounds in weight.  Occasionally, the employee must lift or move objects of up to 50 pounds in weight.  In addition, the employee will push or pull up to 70 pounds in weight occasionally.

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


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including extreme heat/cold, wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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: Dearborn
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit