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Operating Engineer


Dearborn, MI, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  4089

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

Job Summary

Location: Dearborn, Michigan

This position is responsible for operating, monitoring and performing routine maintenance on all equipment located within the newly constructed Central Energy Plant located at Ford’s Research and Engineering Campus. Work is performed under direct supervision of a Plant Manager or Lead Engineer and performance is reviewed against an established set of goals and Company policies and procedures.

Plant equipment includes the following: (2) 15 MW Solar Titan 130 gas turbine generators with associated Rentech 185 KPPH Heat Recovery Steam Generator’s with Duct Burners and Fresh Air Firing capability (1) Siemens-Dresser Rand 5 MW steam turbine generator (3) 27,500 MBH, and (1) 10,000 MBH steam to hot water heat exchangers, economizers, deaerators, boiler feed water pumps, condensate pumps.  Also included are (4) 3,200-ton electric cooling only centrifugal chillers and (2) heating/cooling chillers (one 1,200-ton and one 1,800-ton) with an associated 5.3 MM gallon thermal storage tank and a 10 cell, 12,500-ton Tower Tech cooling tower. Balance of plant equipment includes, air compressors, water treatment systems, filters, instrumentation, PLC controls and 15/5 kV, 480 V and 125 Vdc electrical systems.

Work involves performing some difficult and complex functions requiring a high level of independent judgment, initiative and discretion. Work shifts rotate and the Operating Engineer frequently works alone.

Key Accountabilities
  • Ensure that equipment is operated in a safe, efficient and environmentally-responsible manner while satisfying Customer’s utility and energy requirements
  • Comply with all site safety requirements and procedures
  • Perform all shift operations and maintenance, including startup and shutdown of utility systems and ancillary equipment
  • Perform operations in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and prudent safety standards
  • Participation in the basic safety processes as key member of the Site Safety committee, leading monthly safety meetings and having a shared responsibility for the site's overall safety performance
  • Respond to abnormalities and take corrective actions consistent with established operating procedures and prudent industry best practices
  • Conduct multiple rounds per shift of the Central Energy Plant to inspect equipment, ensure systems are functional, collect/log performance data, and communicate operational problems as they arise
  • Read and record gauges and meters and record all operating data using handheld electronic tablet
  • Identify safety hazards and take corrective actions as necessary
  • Ensure accuracy of shift operating logs, records, time sheets, work orders, and other administrative documents related to Central Energy Plant assets
  • Perform routine water chemistry testing and makes necessary adjustments to optimize efficiency
  • Check daily consumption rates of chemicals, gases, fuels, water and other consumables; monitor inventories and initiate action to replenish as needed
  • Perform plant electrical switching and lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) of equipment in accordance with approved procedures and prudent operations and maintenance best practices
  • Perform electrical and mechanical inspections, troubleshooting, and maintenance tasks as assigned
  • Investigate plant problems, incidents, accidents and unusual events, and provide accurate information, analysis, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans
  • Perform routine operational tests and adjustments on all plant systems and components as required
  • Develop, assist, and revise operations and maintenance related procedures to ensure optimal performance of systems
  • Perform and maintain plant housekeeping duties
  • Perform routine preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance on all systems and equipment
  • Update and maintain Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
  • Communicate pertinent information to company personnel, customers and vendors
  • Communicate shift activities with relief person during shift changes
  • Assist other team members and works with all departments to support corporate and plant goals
  • Work scheduled and unscheduled overtime and respond to off-hour call-ins as needed
  • Leads and participates in assigned continuous improvement efforts throughout the facility
  • Perform other duties as assigned



Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

Must have a high school diploma or GED and a minimum of five (5) years of power plant experience in operations and maintenance. Must have knowledge of utility plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including gas turbines, HRSG’s, motors, pumps, mechanical chillers, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, pollution control equipment, AC/DC electrical distribution, control systems, and associated maintenance functions. 

  • Experience with natural gas fired combustion turbines, heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), electrical systems, chilled water systems, compressed air, reverse osmosis, water softeners and emissions control systems.
  • Knowledge of and experience with at least four (4) of the following skills: pipefitting, welding, machining, rigging, rotating machine repair, fabrication, machine alignment, basic vibration analysis, and basic understanding of electrical test equipment 
  • Ability to learn and become proficient in all site-specific systems and sub-systems
  • Ability to complete site-specific qualification training and periodic testing
  • Knowledge of plant safety policies, and procedures, especially in areas such as chemical handling, energy systems, confined spaces, fire suppression, and first aid
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC/DC electrical theory, heat transfer, fluid flow, thermal dynamics and chemistry
  • Knowledge of water chemistry and power plant chemical applications
  • Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants
  • Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric, pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists and slings
  • Ability to locate, troubleshoot, and correct problems with mechanical and electrical system and ancillary equipment
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to operate testing equipment
  • Familiarity with Allen Bradley PLC interfaces
  • Experience with CMMS
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Proficient with email
Other Qualifications

A First Class Stationary Engineer License and a First Class Refrigeration License is preferred.

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.

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.

Working Conditions

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.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.



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.



Nearest Major Market: Dearborn
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit