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Operating Shift Engineer


Romulus, MI, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  8591

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.


Location:  Romulus, MI

Position Summary: 

The person holding this position will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all utility plant equipment and assist with maintenance tasks as assigned.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs operation and maintenance, including startup and shutdown of main plant components and auxiliaries on a rotating shift basis.
  • Perform operations in accordance with established SOPs and job safety standards.
  • Respond to abnormalities and take corrective actions consistent with established operating procedures and good engineering practice.
  • Conducts routine tours of the plant to inspect equipment; provides feedback to other employees.
  • Complies with all site safety requirements and procedures. Identifies safety hazards and takes corrective actions as necessary.
  • Maintains accuracy of shift operating logs, records, time sheets, work orders and other administrative documents related to the power plant.
  • Performs routine cycle chemistry testing and makes the necessary adjustments to optimize efficiency. Checks daily consumption rates of chemicals, gasses, fuels, water and other consumables; monitors inventories and initiates action to replenish when appropriate.
  • Performs plant switching and tagging of equipment in accordance with approved procedures and prudent operations and maintenance practices under the direction of Management when assigned.
  • Performs electrical and mechanical inspections, trouble-shooting, and maintenance tasks under direction of Management when assigned.
  • Investigates plant problems, incidents, accidents and unusual events, and provides analyses, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.
  • Reads and records gauges and meters. Performs routine operational test and adjustments on all power plant systems and components, as required.
  • Develops, assists, and revises operations and maintenance related procedures.
  • Performs and maintains housekeeping standards and duties.
  • Performs routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment when properly trained or supervised.
  • Becomes lead system representative on assigned systems.
  • Performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements.
  • Communicates with other company personnel on-site and at other locations.
  • Assist other team members and works with all departments to support the operation in achieving its goals.
  • Willingness to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime and respond to off-hour call-ins when contacted by phone.


Required Job-Related Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or GED is required. 
  • Four years’ experience in plant operations, including two years’ operating a centralized Chilled Water system.
  • Must possess applicable First-Class Refrigeration license and must obtain a Universal CFC Certificate.
  • Must possess applicable High-Pressure Steam license.


Must have knowledge of utility and power plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including: chillers, boilers, generators, motors, pumps, fluid systems, chemical handling, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc. and associated maintenance functions to provide for the following:

  • Ability to learn and become proficient in all site-specific systems and sub-systems.
  • Knowledge of power plant safety, policies and procedures, especially in area such as chemical handling, high-energy systems, confined spaces, first aid, rotating machinery, and heavy equipment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC & DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermal dynamics and chemistry.
  • Knowledge of and experience in: mechanical maintenance, rigging, rotating machine repair, fabrication, machine alignment, basic vibration analysis, and using electrical test equipment
  • Knowledge of chemistry and power plant chemical applications
  • Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants.
  • Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists and slings.
  • Ability to locate, trouble-shoot, and adjust defects in mechanical equipment and/or maintain, install, modify and trouble-shoot plant electrical systems and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate and maintain various analytical and test equipment.



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.

In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is required to: stand, walk or climb and stoop or kneel. 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 reach with hands and arms extensively.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a utility plant environment. Work schedule is a rotating shift utilizing both 8 & 12-hour days, on a two or three shift basis.  In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, works near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The employee is occasionally exposed fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but may become loud at the plant site.

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