Lead Operations & Maint Tech


San Diego, CA, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  12599

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 $44.03  -  $53.72.


Job Summary

Location: San Diego, CA

The person holding this position is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all personnel and equipment involved in the production of electricity, high temperature hot Water, chilled water, heating hot water, and steam. He or she leads in the coordination, monitoring and controlling all operations.   As the senior individual, he or she has the responsibility and authority to take whatever action may be necessary to protect people, environment, and equipment.

 Assets include (1) Solar Taurus 60 turbine and generator set rated at 4.7 MW, (1), (1) Heat Recovery Steam Boiler (HRB) operating at 480 Degrees and 380 PSI, (4) Steam Generators rated at 125 PSI, (2) air compressors rated at 225 PSI use for Control Air within the plant, and Medium and Low Voltage Electrical Distribution Systems.  Future development at the hospital will add additional equipment.

Key Accountabilities

  • Ensures that all site safety and environmental requirements and procedures are followed and takes corrective actions as necessary.
  • Oversees all station operations, including startup, shutdown, inspection, routine chemical testing, all switching and tagging, equipment troubleshooting, reviews operating and related procedures.
  • Assists the Plant Manager in maintaining administrative documents, generating reports and initiates action to replenish consumables.
  • Assists the Plant Manager in the planning of routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment.  Supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment.
  • Maximizes plant efficiency and shareholder value without compromising personnel and equipment safety, environmental compliance or the long-term commercial viability of the facility.
  • Communicates with other company personnel on-site and at other locations. Represents the company in dealing with the public, hospital personnel, vendors, contractors, regulators, and other non-company personnel. Provides feedback to the Plant Manager and/or Regional Operations Manager regarding the technical and administrative conduct of shift operations.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of the planned daily operations schedule.  
  • Ensures housekeeping standards are maintained or initiates corrective action, as required.
  • 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 or company furnished pager or cell phone. Establishes and maintains high personal and professional standards of safety and environmental conscientiousness and compliance.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned from time to time. 

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • High school, vocational school diploma, or GED required 
  • Ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English and perform mathematical calculations
  • Five years of power plant experience in operations and maintenance
  • 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, chemistry, water treatment process, 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 (with supervision, if necessary)
  • 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 burner management, combustion control, boiler controls, turbine controls, machine condition monitoring and continuous emissions monitoring (CEMS)
  • 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

Other Qualifications


  • Technical training and demonstrated ability to perform successfully in similar work environments

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 stand or walk and sit 
  • Frequently climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or occasionally, crawl
  • Talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel, and constantly reach with hands and arms
  • Lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight. Carry objects of up to 35 pounds in weight. Occasionally 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

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.

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