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Assistant Plant Manager


Sterling Heights, MI, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  879

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. We have businesses in 26 states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth.  We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally. 

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for multiple years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award



Location:  Sterling Heights, Michigan



This position is responsible for overseeing, managing and directing the day to day operation and maintenance activities for utility and energy-related assets located within a central utility complex at the FCA Sterling Heights Stamping Plant (SHSP).

Assets include (8) Air Compressors both Centrifugal and Reciprocating with a total capacity of 35,000 CFM; (58) Roof Top Air Handling Units (gas-fired); Lighting and Electrical Distribution Systems; (1) Low Pressure Firetube Boiler (12 PSI Seasonal); (1) Weld Water System; and a WWT System capable of processing 250-300 kgal/month of Industrial Waste Storage and trucked off site.  

Utility systems and powerhouse infrastructure experience is required. 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.


  • Ensure that the –Company-owned utility assets are operated in a safe, efficient, and environmentally-responsible manner while satisfying FCA’s utility and energy requirements
  • Supervise and direct the daily activities of all plant personnel, including an hourly, unionized workforce consisting of 4 Stationary Engineers and 7 operators and skilled trades personnel, all of whom are FCA employees
  • Understand and adhere to all commercial and contractual obligations
  • Act as the onsite liaison between the Company and FCA
  • Ensure that all financial goals are met
  • Provide oversight to direct reports in the management of all energy conservation initiatives
  • Develop and manage annual O&M budget and cost-saving measures
  • Manage site purchasing and inventory control processes
  • Manage employee time entry and work schedules
  • Conduct employee safety training
  • 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


  • Must have a minimum of five (5) or more years of experience in the operation, maintenance and administration of powerhouses, utility systems or similar plant assets
  • Must demonstrate an ability to understand and administer complex commercial agreements related to delivering reliable energy services to a 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:  boilers, air compressors, WWT systems, roof top AHU’s, electrical distribution, heat exchangers, transformers, motors, pumps, piping/valves, instrumentation, etc.
  • An understanding of energy efficiency practices and energy conservation techniques
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) and e-mail management applications
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Ability to develop and manage operating & 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
  • An engineering degree is desired but not required


    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 occasionally required to: reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, taste and smell. Frequently, the employee is required to stand, walk, and sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to talk and hear and to use hands and fingers to handle or feel.

    The employee must occasionally wear a respirator, climb and work from ladders and pass through small openings to inspect equipment.

    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.


    The employee performs job duties in a field office shared by other site personnel and is exposed to loud noise levels.



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 or any other status protected by law.



Nearest Major Market: Detroit