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Gas Recovery Technician


Scottsdale, AZ, US

Company:  DTE Biomass Energy, Inc
Job ID:  5464

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve. DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work including Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work”.


DTE Biomass Energy (DTEBE) develops, owns and operates landfill gas recovery systems throughout the United States.  As a leader in landfill gas recovery, with more than 20 operating facilities stretching from New York to California, we have the proven capabilities to help provide communities with safe, environmentally sound energy.  Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, DTE Biomass Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of DTE Energy.  DTEBE has an immediate opening at Pheonix Gas Producers.


Phoenix Gas Producers, LLC (PHX) is comprised of 3 landfills owned and operated by SRP-SALT RIVER PROJECT & SRPMIC - Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.  These facilities are all in Scottsdale Arizona and within 10 minutes of each other.  At these facilities DTEBE is responsible for the operation, maintenance and compliance of the landfill gas collection system (GCS).  Each GCS consisted of a candlestick flare, 2 blowers and a series of collection wells located in the landfills.


Job Summary

To safely operate and maintain a landfill gas (LFG) collection system in a manner which meets environmental regulations while optimizing the financial results of the project and customer satisfaction.  

Key Accountabilities

Conduct day-to-day operation, maintenance and repair of a LFG collection system and LFG delivery pipeline. Perform equipment inspections, testing and operational checks. Work is performed under general supervision of a Gas Recovery Manager.

  • Professional representation to landfill operator, customer, and regulators
  • Implement small-scale construction projects
  • Efficient operation of LFG wells, gas collection system
  • Operate facility as defined by various contractual obligations, including the gas rights agreement and gas sales agreement
  • Perform minor electrical and mechanical repairs
  • Perform equipment inspections, test and operational checks
  • Collect oil, water, wastewater, gas and air samples for analysis
  • Collect LFG well flow data and make adjustments to optimize well flow as necessary
  • Investigate mechanical problems, recommend appropriate repair, replacement and enhancement
  • Support, assist and direct the work of contractors on-site
  • Maintain electronic facility logbook, highlighting activities and noteworthy events
  • Record operating data and maintain operating records including weekly production reports
  • Monitor for gas collection system regulatory compliance and maintain compliance records
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • A  valid state driver's license are required.
  • A two year technical degree (Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics or similar) or a two year science degree (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology or similar) are desired or an equivalent of work experience
Other Qualifications

· Experience with landfill gas to energy industry or similar production process

· Familiar with gas processing and/or gas transportation

· Knowledge of mechanical, electrical and instrument control systems

· Knowledge of manufacturing equipment such as motors, blowers, controls and pumps

· Ability to perceive and analyze problems, develop solutions and make or recommend sound alternatives

· Experience with budgeting, construction, commercial agreements

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisor, management, customers, clients and vendors

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Professional demeanor effectively representing company in various circumstances

· Dedication to safe work practices

· Ability to efficiently handle competing priorities and tasks remaining organized to meet deadlines

· Ability to function within a matrix organizational structure which employees report to both business and functional leaders

· Basic computer skills and proficient with MS Office applications  

Additional Information

Physical Demands
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 routinely required to reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, feel and smell. The employee must be able to walk on shallow and steep slopes, sometimes in inclement weather. Frequently the employee will be required to stand, walk, and sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to use hands and fingers to handle and manipulate object as well as to talk and hear. The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 25 pounds in weight. Occasionally, the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 50 pounds in weight. Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with depth perception.  
Working Conditions
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme cold and/or heat. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. Most work is within the vicinity of a municipal solid waste disposal facility. Employee will routinely operate a motor vehicle and/or ATV style off road vehicle on unimproved terrain. Employee will be required to respond to call-outs (plant upset conditions) within one hour during other than normal business hours.  The individual will often have to travel between two of our facilities that are roughly an hour apart to support both facilities operations.  Unscheduled overtime may occasionally be required and the individual will have to travel to other work locations using personal transportation (travel expense reimbursed within policy limits).

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and 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, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix