Central Utility Plant Manager


San Diego, CA, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  13086

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 pay range for this position is $136,700.00  -  $164,000.00.


Job Summary

Location: San Diego, CA
This position is responsible for overseeing, managing, and directing the day-to-day operation and maintenance activities of a mid-sized plant facility. This position will be responsible for performing difficult and complex services requiring a high level of independent judgment, initiative, and discretion. Work is mainly self-directed, with work results reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to policies and procedures.

A high degree of communication and collaboration with others is required. Proactive leadership (by example) to reinforce DTE’s core values of Safe, Caring, Dependable, and Efficient to continuously improve and develop employee culture is critical for the success of this position.

He or she manages the daily operation of the facility to ensure the environment and plant personnel are safe. He or she will be knowledgeable of all environmental and compliance permits and how they are implemented in an operating plant. 

Results are reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to these policies, procedures, and practices.

Key Accountabilities

  • Directs day-to-day operation and maintenance activities 
  • Primary liaison with the customer on matters pertaining to daily operations including the scheduling of production levels 
  • Ensures the facility is operated in a safe and environmentally responsible manner in compliance with the core values of DTE Energy and all local, state, and federal regulations 
  • Develops the annual O&M budget 
  • Controls expenditures to ensure costs remain within budget 
  • Schedules and coordinates major maintenance and contractor activity to coincide with the production requirements of the customer 
  • Prepares periodic status reports that describe operating performance, issues and forecasts of future performance 
  • Implements a planned maintenance program consisting of predictive, preventative and corrective maintenance activities documenting such activities through the use of work orders and similar processes 
  • Conducts or arranges for periodic training for all plant personnel covering technical, safety, environmental and supervisory topics as appropriate 
  • Ensures that all employees and contractors abide by established policies and procedures pertaining to plant safety and environmental stewardship 
  • Works with Director of Operations and operations support personnel to share and implement best practices throughout the organization

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through at least 8 years supervisory or managerial experience in a cogeneration power plant, or
  • Associate degree or industry-recognized certificate (i.e., the completion of a core group of course designated by the institution) in a related discipline is preferred and knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through at least 6 years supervisory or managerial experience in a cogeneration power plant, or 4 years of military experience at an officer level, or
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with a minimum of 4 year supervisory or managerial experience in a cogeneration power plant

Other Qualifications

Other Requirements:  

  • Thorough, demonstrated understanding of plant operations and maintenance, with strong knowledge of generating equipment
  • 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
  • Ability to analyze and improve operations business processes, utilizing information about market dynamics and competitors' processes and achievements
  • Proven planning and scheduling experience working with technical personnel involved with preventative/predictive maintenance and corrective maintenance
  • Solid knowledge of plant engineering and plant maintenance functions and how they relate to operations and income
  • Experience with accounting practices as it relates to analyzing cost impacts to budget
  • Demonstrated skill in planning, coordinating, and directing varied programs and tasks directly effecting the overall plant operation
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding skill in leadership and interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to work shifts and extra/irregular hours and to work under unusual and special conditions that can arise in a power plant

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. In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is required to:

  • Frequently stand, walk, stoop, kneel or sit
  • Talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively
  • Enter and work in confined space areas, including boilers, condensers, tanks, etc. to evaluate equipment condition or inspect work efforts by assigned resources
  • Frequently lift objects of up to 25 pounds in weight
  • Occasionally the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 40 pounds in weight
  • Occasionally push or pull up to 70 pounds in weight
  • Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color 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 plant. In the course of 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 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 at the plant site.

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.


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: San Diego