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Staff Gas Controller


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Gas Company
Job ID:  5305

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.

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 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.

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Job Summary

Monitors and controls the flow and pressure of natural gas on gas and non-utility transmission, distribution, storage and gathering systems under the guidance of a senior or principal gas controller.  Responds to alarms and other abnormal operating conditions affecting controls at automated stations or assists with advising operations employees. Supports recommendations for managing workflow, reducing alarm counts, and identifying process improvements. Span of control: 0; individual contributor.

Key Accountabilities

• Handles system processes and procedures that ensure the stable and reliable operation of gas and non-utility transmission, storage and distribution systems
• Monitors Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to identify and assist with the appropriate response to abnormal operating conditions
• Checks and compiles data; prepares accurate daily reports and logs
• Conducts point to point verifications and reviews pressure control and construction procedures
• Complies with all Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requirements, including control room management policies and procedures
• Coordinates pressure and flow relationships to meet daily nomination requirements at receipt and delivery points in the most efficient manner
• Executes storage field priorities and minimizes company fuel use under the direction of a senior team member

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

• High school diploma or GED and two years of experience in SCADA controls (e.g., gas pipeline control rooms, hazardous liquids pipeline control rooms, refinery or distillery control rooms, etc.), inclusive of use and response to SCADA system alarms; OR
• High school diploma or GED and 1 year of experience as an associate gas controller with the company

Other Qualifications

• Associate degree or technical certification in electrical, mechanical, or related field

Other Requirements
• Acquires Operator Qualification (OQ) certification(s) within 15 months
• Supports a 24-hour/day operation with 12-hour rotating shifts
• Proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Excel, and Word
• Proficient verbal, written and presentation skills; communicates clearly with credibility and confidence
• Knowledge of pressure/flow relationships and concepts
• Ability to manage routine/ongoing tasks while responding to emergency situations under the direction of a senior or principal controller
• Analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives and recommend optimal solutions for various situations
• Ability to work with shifting priorities and embrace new/evolving responsibilities
• Passes initial drug screening and Department of Transportation random drug screenings
• Ability to complete Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gas training as required

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.