Operating Engineer


Pittsburgh, PA, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  13282

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 $39.53.

Job Summary

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

This position is responsible for operating, monitoring, and performing routine maintenance, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, on all equipment located within a powerhouse facility. Work is performed under direct supervision with results reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to policies and procedures.

Key Accountabilities

  • Records and analyzes plant operational data and operation of facility systems to maximize equipment efficiency and reliability
  • Records and evaluates status of various operating plant equipment
  • Responds to abnormal and emergency operating situations in a safe and reasonable manner
  • Investigates and corrects equipment problems if possible; inspects and performs routine, planned, corrective and emergency maintenance on all plant equipment.
  • Performs routine housekeeping duties and general cleanup of the facility and immediate surrounding area  
  • Measures and records the daily use of fuel
  • Performs routine, planned, and emergency maintenance actions on all facility equipment; routine maintenance may include lubrication, oil and filter changes, equipment cleaning and painting, equipment tear down, inspection and rebuild, etc.
  • Interfaces with the client by responding to and resolving routine service requests and emergency trouble calls and has a basic understanding of the client’s needs
  • Utilizes the computer-based maintenance management program (CMMS) to initiate work orders, record maintenance actions, order spare parts, track inventory, close-out work orders and enter maintenance information into the CMMS
  • Recommends maintenance and operating improvements to enhance customer service, improve efficiency, and increase equipment reliability
  • Provides on-call support for emergency and contingency situations
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned


Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

A high school diploma or GED and a NILUPE or City of Pittsburgh Stationary Engineer License are required (based on Jurisdiction requirements) and at least five (5) years’ experience in utility complex operations.

  • Experience operating and maintaining boilers and chillers. Hot water boiler familiarity is desirable
  • Experience operating and maintaining plant electrical and control systems, including programmable controllers (PLC) is desirable
  • Basic water chemistry or WWTP experience desired
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, coworkers, management, and the general public

Additional Qualifications

Physical Demands & 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. To properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is:

  • Frequently required to stand or walk and sit
  • Occasionally, the employee is required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
  • It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee can talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and frequently reach with hands and arms
  • The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight
  • Occasionally the employee will have to lift or move objects up to 50 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


While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a business office setting and out in the plant. While working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, extreme heat, and may work near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office but may become loud out in the plant.


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: Pittsburgh