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Controls Engineer


Newton, WI, US

Company:  DTE Biomass Energy, Inc
Job ID:  4325

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

This position is responsible for ensuring that instrumentation and controls are accurate, functioning, and maximizing safety and production at 8 dairies in where anaerobic digester gas is processed and turned into renewable natural gas.  The individual will be collaboratively working with other members of the operations team to quickly diagnose electrical and controls problems and continuously improve the performance of the plant.  Most work is within the vicinity of dairy farms and similar agricultural facilities.  At sites not directly connected to the natural gas interconnect outside of Manitowoc, WI, the processed gas will be trucked in and injected in the pipeline.  The I&C engineer will be responsible for executing maintenance on compressors, pipelines, conduct electrical troubleshooting, create operational reports, and safely operating a complex renewable natural gas processing plant while maximizing profitability.   Attention to detail, especially with the correct metering of renewable gas, will be critical to success.  This position will report to the Regional Operations Manager.  While work hours are primarily during normal daylight hours, call-outs and flexibility of work hours will be necessary.  We have flexibility regarding the engineer’s home office for the following locations:

  • Lincoln, WI (between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay)
  • Newton, WI (outside of Manitowoc)
  • Rosendale, WI (near Fond du Lac)
  • New Chester, WI (Grand Marsh, WI)
Key Accountabilities


Safely, ethically, and profitably operate the equipment necessary for the processing and transportation of gas produced from multiple dairy manure digesters into pipeline quality gas.  The multi-million dollar process involves compression of gas, membrane separation of carbon dioxide from methane, trucking of gas, and pipeline injection.  This is a rapidly growing business line with potential for future promotion following success in this role.   

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent.  Certificate or Associate's degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of industrial experience, demonstrating continuous skill advancement.  Competencies include but not limited to:
Other Qualifications

Solid background in instrumentation and controls – flow meters, control valves, PLC, ladder logic, calibration, VFD, 4-20 mA signals. Strong industrial skill set – including electrical troubleshooting, PLC knowledge, gas compressor maintenance and operations, flow meter operations, valves, gas chromatographs, etc. Strong administrative skills – basic computer skills, assisting in purchasing correct equipment, and operator logs.  Strong logistical skills – truck dispatching, bill of laden creation, inventory management, maintenance planning. Safety Background/Understanding – Understanding of OSHA requirements, developing a good safety culture, and implementing safety improvements. Excellent interpersonal skills – maintaining a good relationship with the dairy host, the community, and employees will be essential to success.  Individuals with previous knowledge and experience with anaerobic digesters and associated processes will be given top consideration.Candidate is required to have a valid driver’s license.  

Additional Information

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 routinely required to reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, feel and smell. The employee must be able to walk on shallow and steep slopes.  Frequently the employee will be required to stand, walk, and sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to use hands and fingers to handle and manipulate object as well as to talk and hear.The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight. Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with depth perception.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme cold and/or heat.  The employee is regularly exposed to electric devices, moving mechanical parts and/or machinery.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.  Employee will routinely operate a motor vehicle.Employee will be required to respond to plant upset conditions (call-outs) outside of normal business hours, work unscheduled overtime and may occasionally be required to travel to other work locations using personal transportation (travel expense reimbursed within policy limits).  Employee will also be responsible for operating and maintaining a DOT regulated pipeline as needed. 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: Green Bay
Nearest Secondary Market: Appleton