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Plant Manager


Stockton, CA, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  10613

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:  Stockton, CA

The person holding this position is responsible for the safe, reliable and profitable operation of a 25+MW biomass fired power plant. S/he will perform a wide range of supervisory, business, and administrative activities and will direct plant personnel in the daily performance of various operations and maintenance (O&M) functions. Reporting to the Director of Operations, the employee exercises independent discretion and judgment within established policies, procedures and practices. Results are reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to these policies, procedures and practices.

Key Accountabilities

  • Directly, and through delegation, coordinates all daily activities required to assure optimum plant performance, including safety, environmental compliance, efficiency and reliability in accordance with established contracts, agreements, policies and applicable safety, environmental and other regulatory laws and procedures.
  • Makes and/or approves major operating and maintenance decisions, as required, to ensure that the plant is operated within the terms and conditions of all operations and maintenance (O&M), power purchase, services supply or maintenance contracts and agreements.
  • Keeps operating errors to a minimum by way of established investigation, communication and corrective action programs.
  • Completes equipment repairs and overhauls on schedule by utilizing established planning methods and providing adequate manpower and supervision.
  • Maintains plant capacity rates by establishing an equipment performance program and providing adequate engineering and support personnel to conduct the program.
  • Ensures plant compliance with all environmental regulations.
  • Holds direct responsibility for managing cost by effective approval of expenditures, overtime and effective budget monitoring, variance reporting and work scheduling.
  • Coordinates all activities under the applicable O&M services contracts, supply agreements, including communication with owner representatives and regulatory agency representatives.
  • Holds responsibility for ensuring the administration of all safety, occupational health and fire protection programs.
  • Evaluates staffing levels and skill mix and makes appropriate adjustments within budgetary guidelines.
  • Assures maintenance of the hiring and promotion system in accordance with established laws and company policy.
  • Coordinates and maintains all plant training and communication programs, including new employee orientation.
  • Holds responsibility for ensuring compliance with federal, state, regional and local governing body and regulatory agency rules and regulations as they pertain to power plant operation.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Ten years of power industry or directly related industrial experience.
  • A minimum of five years of management experience.
  • Woodfired CFB boiler operating experience is highly desired.

Other Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of power plant O&M, plant engineering, contracts and general plant business functions.
  • Strong Safety and Environmental management skills.
  • Understanding of accounting, contract administration, human resources, procurement and other plant administration functions.
  • Familiarity with federal, state and local regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over power plant operations.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and direct varied and complex programs and tasks involved in the operation of the plant.
  • Ability to motivate employees to perform at a high level of efficiency and quality.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to make sound, costeffective judgments on daytoday and longterm operational issues.
  • Ability to efficiently balance competing priorities and tasks, remain organized and meet deadlines in a highpressured environment.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to analyze and communicate to senior management.
  • Working knowledge of MS applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook in a Windows environment.
  • Extensive experience with computer based PM programs and Internet.
  • Ability to perceive and analyze problems, develop alternatives and make or recommend sound decisions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: stand or walk and stoop or kneel.
  • Frequently, the employee is required to 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.
  • The employee in this position will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight.
  • Occasionally the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 25 pounds in weight.
  • Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a business office setting and at a plant site.
  • In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and may work near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed 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 at the plant site.

Additional Information

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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