Assistant Plant Manager


Sterling Heights, MI, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  13752

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.

Job Summary

Location: Sterling Heights, MI

This position is responsible for assisting with overseeing, managing, and directing the day-to-day operations and maintenance activities for the Utility and Energy Assets located within the central utility complex and manufacturing area at Stellantis’ Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP).

Assets include (7) Low Pressure Air Compressors (100 PSI, Centrifugal) with a total capacity of 35,000 CFM; (69) Roof Top Air Handling Units; (2) 250-Ton HVAC Chillers; Lighting and Electrical Distribution Systems; (3) High Pressure Water Tube Boilers (200 PSI Max); Weld Water System; Wastewater Treatment System capable of processing 1500 kgal/day of Industrial Waste; and (1) 4-cell Cooling Tower that supports several of these systems.

Utility systems and powerhouse infrastructure experience is required, particularly in the competitive, non-regulated energy market. Experience supervising unionized labor is important. Work involves 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.

Key Accountabilities

  • Ensure that the utility assets are operated in a safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible manner while satisfying the utility and energy requirements of the Customer (Stellantis)
  • Supervise and direct the daily activities of all plant personnel, including an hourly, unionized workforce consisting of (4) Stationary Shift Engineers, (12) Boiler/Chiller Operators, (4) Wastewater Operators and (4) Skilled Tradespersons, all of whom are Stellantis employees
  • Understand and adhere to all commercial and contractual obligations
  • Act as the onsite liaison between the Company and the Customer
  • Ensure that all financial goals are met
  • Develop and manage annual O&M budget and cost-savings measures
  • Manage site purchasing and inventory control processes
  • Manage employee time entry and work schedules
  • Develop and lead continuous improvement activities
  • Prepare and issue weekly and monthly reports in a timely, consistent manner
  • Support the development and implementation of all Onsite Energy Business Unit initiatives and best practices
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with key customer personnel
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED is required, a technical degree is preferred
  • Must have a minimum of eight or more years of experience in the operation, maintenance, and administration of powerhouses, utility systems or similar plant assets

Other Qualifications

  • Must demonstrate an ability to understand and administer complex commercial agreements related to delivering reliable energy services to the Customer on a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week basis
  • An 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 Air Compressors, Boilers, Wastewater Treatment Systems, Roof Top AHU’s, Electrical Distribution, Heat Exchangers, Cooling Towers, Transformers, Pumps, Motors, Piping/Valves, Instrumentation, Control Systems, etc.
  • An understanding of energy efficiency practices and energy conservation techniques
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, etc.)
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Ability to develop and manage operating and maintenance budgets
  • Experience with computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS)
  • Capable of working alone or as part of a team without a significant level of supervision
  • Ability to balance time and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Capable of promoting and maintaining strong, positive relationships with coworkers, suppliers, contractors, vendors, and customers
  • Willingness to share expertise and knowledge with other team members for the benefit of the entire Onsite Energy Business Unit

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 frequently required to: stand, walk, stoop, kneel or sit. 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.

Must be able to enter and work in confined space areas, including boilers, condensers, tanks, etc. to evaluate equipment condition or inspect work efforts by assigned resources.

The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight and occasionally lift or move objects of up to 40 pounds in weight.

Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with 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 the 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 to 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 out in the plant.

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.

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