Plant Manager - AFF (Scipio Center, NY)


Scipio Center, NY, US

Company:  DTE Biomass Energy, Inc
Job ID:  12611

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. 


DTE Biomass Energy (DTEBE) develops, owns and operates renewable energy projects throughout the United States.  Our company converts biogas generated at landfills and at dairy farms into clean, renewable electricity or renewable natural gas (RNG). As a leader in this industry, with more than 20 operating facilities stretching from North Carolina to California, we have the proven capabilities to help provide communities with safe, environmentally sound renewable energy.  Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, DTE Biomass Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of DTE Energy.  DTEBE has an immediate opening at our facility below. 


Bluebird Renewable Energy, LLC is a renewable natural gas facility in Cayuga County, NY. The plant produces RNG by pulling dairy digester gas, cleaning the gas by removing H2S, Oxygen, CO2 and water and compress the gas to inject into a pipeline. Maintenance of equipment includes screw and reciprocating compressors, pressure swing adsorption system, natural gas dryer, flare, thermal oxidizers, chromatographs and flow meters.


Job Summary

Location: Scipio Center, New York


This position is responsible for the overall operation and maintenance of a mid-sized plant facility. Includes overall personnel responsibility, managing training programs and overall facility operation and maintenance. Ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements. Manages plant business and budget issues with Regional Operations Manager and plant performance with Director of Operations. Reports to a Regional Operations Manager.

Key Accountabilities

  • Directs day-to-day operation and maintenance activities
  • Primary liaison with the customer or host site 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, including production forecasting
  • 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

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED. A technical school degree is preferred
  • A minimum of eight years of professional work experience relevant to the specific facility
  • At least three years of supervisory experience, in a professional leadership role

Other Qualifications


  • Understanding of the operation and maintenance of plant equipment, including the importance of ensuring high availability, reliability, and efficiency
  • Working knowledge of powerhouse equipment and systems, including but not limited to electrical distribution, chilled water, internal combustion engines, gas compression, compressed air, heat exchangers, chemical treatment equipment, transformers, motors, pumps, piping/valves, instrumentation, control systems, etc.
  • Understanding of energy efficiency practices and energy conservation techniques
  • Knowledge of the regulatory processes under which the facility operates
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple simultaneous activities
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills; continuous improvement knowledge skills and abilities
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of staff and management clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel
  • Familiarity with email, scheduling, time reporting software applications.
  • Proven ability to take tasks, assignments, and projects from start to completion without significant supervision
  • General understanding of income statement and the financial impact of operational and maintenance decisions at the facility

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:

  • Occasionally reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, taste and smell
  • Frequently, the employee is required to stand, walk, and sit
  • Use hands and fingers and handle and talk and hear
  • Occasionally lift objects of up to 40 pounds in weight
  • Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with depth perception

The employee performs job duties in a field office or manufacturing site, with a loud noise level.

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: Syracuse