Operating Engineer


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  10577

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. The hourly rate for this position is $41.32.

Job Summary


This position is responsible for operating, monitoring, and performing routine maintenance, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, on all equipment located within a Central Utilities plant. Engineers will operate and maintain chillers, hot water generators and associated equipment, including heat exchangers, chilled water pumps, condensing water pumps, HVAC units, and perform all other associated work as directed. Work is performed under direct supervision with results reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to policies, procedures, and industry best practices.

Key Accountabilities

  • Identify unsafe acts or conditions; eliminate/mitigate hazards immediately where possible and notify affected personnel and supervisor.
  • Safely operate plant equipment to meet the day to day demands of the customer’s facility.
  • Record and analyze plant operational data and operation of facility systems to maximize equipment efficiency and reliability.
  • Understand plant systems as a whole and the interdependencies of equipment and operator input on function and performance.
  • Respond to abnormal and emergency operating situations in a safe and reasonable manner.
  • Perform routine housekeeping duties and general clean-up of the facility and immediate surrounding area.
  • Perform maintenance on all facility equipment including predictive, preventative, corrective, and emergency maintenance. These activities include lubrication, filter replacement, tube brushing, equipment cleaning, painting, equipment tear down, inspection and re-build, etc.
  • Record and document all maintenance activities that are performed on facility equipment. This may include utilizing a computer-based maintenance management program to electronically document information and historical data.
  • Follows all Company safety/environmental rules and regulations including LOTO, confined space, fall protection, electrical safety, chemical safety, and fire safety.
  • Provide on-call support for emergency and contingency situations.
  • Shift work is required, and employees will be required to perform both operation and routine maintenance of the facility equipment.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

A high school diploma or GED, City of Detroit 1st Class Refrigeration Operator license and at least a 3rd Class Steam license are required.

Other Qualifications

  • Four years’ experience in plant operations, including two years’ operating a centralized chilled water system.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, coworkers, management, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of basic water chemistry is desired.
  • Knowledge of power plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including chillers, motors, pumps, water treatment systems, electrical distribution, control systems, etc., and associated maintenance functions.
  • Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants.
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermal dynamics, and chemistry.
  • Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic lifting equipment such as chain hoists, davits, slings, and hydraulic cranes.
  • Ability to learn and become proficient in all site-specific systems and sub-systems.

Additional Information

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.

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