Assistant Plant Manager - Biomass (Three Rivers, MI)


Three Rivers, MI, US

Company:  DTE Biomass Energy, Inc
Job ID:  12750

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. 


Westside Gas Producers, LLC is a landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) processing facility that utilizes landfill gas at the Waste Management landfill in Three Rivers, MI.  The facility has an inlet capacity is 4.5 MMSCFD and utilizes the Krysol process to purify landfill gas into pipeline quality gas. WSD operations are responsible for GCCS maintenance and expansion. 


Job Summary

Location: Three Rivers, MI

To lead and supervise the operations group at assigned sites to deliver operational and financial results in accordance with commitments made in the budgeting process. To effectively merge routine operations with asset management responsibilities thereby optimizing financial results while meeting safety, environmental and company growth objectives.
Duties include proactive leadership and development of team to reinforce DTE’s Service Keys: Safe, Caring, Dependable, and Efficient while also leading continuous improvement and maintenance, ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements, and developing employee culture conducive to a healthy work/life balance. 


Key Accountabilities

•    Ability to independently operate the facility, perform maintenance activities and trouble shooting
•    Develop and update as applicable, all training materials, standard work instructions (SWIs) and operating procedures in coordination with leadership, OEMs and Engineering and train additional technicians for independent operation
•    Participates in and directs day-to-day operation and maintenance activities
•    Review and approve time and manage team member performance cycles in compliance with DTE Biomass Policies
•    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
•    Supports the annual O&M budget development with the Plant Manager, including production forecasting in coordination with DTE Biomass leadership.
•    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 using work orders in the designated CMMS
•    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 Plant Manager, Regional Operations Manager and Director of Operations to share and implement best practices throughout the organization


Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

•    High school diploma or equivalent and knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through at least 3-5 years progressive experience in a gas processing facility, power generation, manufacturing, or heavy industrial environment, or
•    Associate degree or industry-recognized certificate, technical degree in a related discipline is preferred and knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through at least 1-2 years supervisor or managerial experience in a gas processing facility, power generation, manufacturing or heavy industrial environment, or 2 years of military experience at an officer level, or
•    Industry-recognized certificate, technical degree in a related discipline and knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through at least five years of professional work experience in a gas processing facility, power generation, manufacturing, or heavy industrial environment.

Other Qualifications

•    Additional consideration provided for relevant experience in similar fields. 
Other Requirements:
•    Understanding of the operation and maintenance of plant equipment, including the importance of ensuring high availability, reliability, and efficiency
•    Working knowledge of process equipment and systems
•    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 statements and the fiscal impact of operational and maintenance decisions at the facility
•    Ability to cover work shifts with extra/irregular hours and participate in on callout rotation
•    Required to respond to plant upset conditions (call-outs) outside of normal business hours, work unscheduled overtime, work alternative shift schedules and may occasionally be required to travel to other work locations (travel expense reimbursed within policy limits). Scheduled or pre-approved overtime is compensated on a straight time basis


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. To properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is required to:
•    Reach with hands or arms (overhead, holding weight, etc.) climb, balance, stoop, kneel, sit, taste and smell.
•    Frequently, the employee is required to stand, walk, and sit.
•    Frequently lifting of up to twenty-five pounds in weight. Occasionally lift objects of up to fifty pounds in weight.
•    Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with depth perception.

While performing the normal duties of this job, the employee will be working in a control room, indoor and outdoor processing areas along with outdoor collection systems. The employee will frequently be exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, extreme heat and/or cold, etc. Daily tasks will include working in and around mechanical parts and/or machinery, all of which can be moving, vibrating, and hot/cold as part of their duties. 

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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