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Operating Engineer


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Energy Center Oper
Job ID:  10171

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.  But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences, and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Job Summary

Location: Detroit, Michigan

This position is responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of all energy-related assets located within a central utility complex at the Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex Mack. Utility systems and powerhouse infrastructure experience is required.

Assets include (3) Carrier Chillers and (4) York Chillers with a total capacity of 14,500 Tons, (4) Ingersoll Rand Centrifugal Air Compressors and (1) Elliott Air Compressor with a total capacity of 27,600 CFM along with associated Cooling Towers, (61) Roof Top Air Handling Units (Gas Fired), (12) Electrical Sub-Stations; Lighting and Electrical Distribution Systems; and a WWTP capable of processing 500,000 gal/day of Industrial Waste. Perform all other work related to their trade as may be required on Utility Assets equipment as directed by the Utility Services Manager (USM) at the Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex Mack.

Employees will be represented by the Operating Engineers Union, (I.U.O.E Local 324).

Key Accountabilities

Ensure that the Company-owned utility assets are operated in a safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible manner while satisfying the Customer’s utility and energy requirements.

Operating central utility complex equipment to meet the day-to-day energy demands of the manufacturing facility. This includes the production of chilled water and compressed air at the quantities and specifications required by the manufacturing facility.

Monitoring of operating parameters and recording operating data, including production efficiencies, electrical usage, pressures, temperatures, vibration indications, alarms and other pertinent information related to the safe operation of the utility complex equipment.

Perform Operator rounds using handheld tablet to manually retrieve and record operating data from plant equipment, including TekWorx and BayView networks.

Operating Engineers will be required to promptly notify the USM of any unusual, abnormal or potentially unsafe operating conditions and to take action to mitigate any potentially unsafe condition or condition that if otherwise not corrected could result in out of specification system production.

Operation of all cooling towers and heat exchangers that support the operation of equipment within the utility complex.

Operation and routine maintenance associated with water treatment equipment, cooling towers, cold water closed loops. These activities will include the routine monitoring of water quality, the addition of water treatment chemicals to ensure the required water quality and the performance of routine maintenance of water treatment equipment including changing filters etc.

Additional Key Accountabilities

The de-energization (lock-out/tag-out) of all equipment within the scope of responsibility pertaining to Company-owned utility assets that is required to allow the safe performance of maintenance on such equipment.

Perform routine (planned maintenance) on all utility complex equipment, including predictive, preventive, and minor corrective maintenance. Operating Engineers will also be required to assist contractors with work that is beyond the capability of the Operating Engineer, including tasks such as code welding, protective calibration, etc.

The recording and documenting of all maintenance activities that are performed on utility complex equipment. This may include utilizing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to electronically document information and historical data.

Perform troubleshooting and correcting problems related to the proper monitoring, control and operation of utility complex equipment.

Maintain a clean and orderly work area ensuring that the area is left in an unobstructed and safe condition following the completion of the job.


A high school diploma or GED and a Detroit First Class Refrigeration License are required and at least five (5) years’ experience in utility complex operations.

Shift work is required, and employees will be required to perform both operation and routine maintenance of the utility complex equipment.

Must be able to perform data entry, mange email and use tablets and personal computers.

Familiarity with control networks preferred.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

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 required to reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, taste and smell. Frequently, the employee is required to stand, walk, and sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to talk and hear and to use hands and fingers to handle or feel.

The employee in this classification will be required to occasionally lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight.  It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee be able to push or pull up to 75 pounds in weight.

Vision requirements for this position include close, distance, color and peripheral vision, along with depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Working conditions: The employee performs job duties in a field office or in an industrial facility with a very loud noise level.


At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that 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: Detroit