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Lead Operations & Maint Tech


Franklin, LA, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  10739

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.

Position Summary:

Location: Franklin, LA

DTE Energy is a diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy related business and services nationwide.   DTE Vantage is a subsidiary of DTE Energy and the OnSite division is focused in the operation an maintenance of Power Plant facilities.

The person holding this position is responsible during his/her shift for all personnel and equipment involved in the safe and efficient operation of the Steam Turbine Generator (STG), Electrical Substations, Switchgear and associated equipment for the production of electricity. He or she will be responsible for the coordination, monitoring and controlling all STG operations.   As the sole DTE Vantage employee on site, he or she has the responsibility and authority to take whatever action may be necessary to protect people, environment and equipment.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that all site safety and environmental requirements and procedures are followed and takes corrective actions as necessary.
  • Perform housekeeping duties as required. Ensures housekeeping standards are maintained or initiates corrective action, as required.
  • Oversees all station operations, including startup, shutdown, inspection, routine chemical testing as required, all switching and tagging, equipment troubleshooting, writes, reviews, and revises operating and related procedures.
  • Maintains administrative documents, generation reports and initiates action to replenish consumables.
  • Provides feedback to the Regional Operations Manager or General Manager (ROM/GM) regarding the technical and administrative conduct of shift operations.
  • Development and implementation of the planned daily operations schedule.
  • Performs orientation, training, and development of customers technicians and/or third-party contractors to assure high work quality.
  • Coordinates with the Customer and their ROM/GM in the planning of routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment.  Supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment.
  • Communicates with other company personnel on-site and at other locations. Represents the company in dealing with the public, steam and power customers, vendors, contractors, regulators, and other non-company personnel.
  • Maximizes plant efficiency and shareholder value without compromising personnel and equipment safety, environmental compliance or the long-term commercial viability of the facility.
  • Available for scheduled and unscheduled shift coverage, performs tasks that require physical exertion and is expected to respond to off-hour call-ins when contacted by phone.
  • Establishes and maintains high personal and professional standards of safety and environmental conscientiousness and compliance.
  • Supports all departments and performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements.
  • This position is defined by, but not limited to, this list of duties and responsibilities.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English and perform mathematical calculations. High school or vocational school diploma preferred. Technical training and demonstrated ability to perform successfully in similar work environments preferred.
  • Four (4) years of power plant experience in operations and maintenance of STG’s, including experience as a qualified Operations & Maintenance Technician.
  • Knowledge of power plant safety policies and procedures, especially in the areas of high-energy systems, chemical handling, heavy equipment, rotating machinery, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, and first aid.
  • Basic knowledge of or ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC and DC electrical theory, thermal dynamics, heat transfer and fluid flow.
  • Knowledge of and experience in at least four (4) of the following skill areas: pipefitting, welding, machining, rigging, rotating machine repair, fabrication, machine alignment, piping schematics, mechanical drawings, electrical theory, electrical safety, vibration analysis, electrical test equipment, basic electrical trouble-shooting, and high- and low-voltage systems, equipment and components.
  • Demonstrated knowledge regarding operation of valves, switches, controls, keyboards and other devices associated with power plants.
  • Working knowledge of maintenance management systems.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply technical information, including mechanical and electrical drawings (such as blueprints, P&IDs, single-line diagrams and schematics) to problem-solving situations and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to locate, trouble-shoot, and adjust defects in mechanical equipment and/or maintain, install, modify and trouble-shoot plant electrical systems and equipment without "tripping" equipment.
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate work on technical subjects with others across job families and with outside vendors.
  • Operating and maintenance experience with various analytical and test equipment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill and prior hands-on operational experience relating to instrumentation and control systems used in modern power stations, including turbine controls, machine condition monitoring and electrical switchgear.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill and prior hands-on operational experience relating to electrical systems used in modern power stations, including 13.8KV switchgear and motors, 4160-volt switchgear and motors, 480-volt motors and control centers, transformers, batteries, inverters and chargers, main generator and excitation equipment.
  • Outstanding skill in leadership and interpersonal relationships.

 Physical Requirements:

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 frequently required to stand or walk and sit. Frequently, the employee is required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or occasionally, crawl. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and constantly reach with hands and arms.

The employee in this classification will be required to lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight. Carry objects of up to 35 pounds in weight. Occasionally the employee will have to push or pull objects 70 pounds in weight.

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

Working Conditions:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme heat and cold. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and frequently exposed to airborne particles and vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to mechanical and electrical hazards. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to 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: Morgan City
Nearest Secondary Market: Lafayette Louisiana