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Operating Engineer


Warren, OH, US

Company:  DTE ES Operations, LLC
Job ID:  4395

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


This position is responsible for operating, monitoring, and performing routine maintenance, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, on all equipment located within a powerhouse facility.  Operators will operate and maintain steam boilers and associated equipment, including chillers, compressors, cooling towers, pumps, fans, and perform all other associated work as directed.  Work is performed under direct supervision with results reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to policies and procedures.   


·         Safe operation and routine maintenance on all powerhouse utilities production equipment and related systems. The equipment and systems will include steam boilers, hot water generators, chillers, compressors, cooling towers, water treatment equipment and other support systems and ancillary equipment.

·         Operating powerhouse equipment to meet the day to day energy demands of the customer’s manufacturing facility.  This includes the production of steam, chilled water, high-purity water, and compressed air at the quantities and specifications required by the customer’s facility.    

·         Monitoring of operating parameters and recording operating data, including production rates, fuel usage, electrical usage, pressures, temperatures, vibration indications, alarms and other pertinent information related to the safe operation of the powerhouse equipment. 

·         Operators will be required to promptly notify supervision of any unusual, abnormal, or potentially unsafe operating conditions and to take action to mitigate any potentially unsafe condition or condition that if otherwise not corrected could result in out of specification energy production.   

·         Operation of all cooling towers and heat exchangers that support the operation of equipment within the powerhouse.

·         Operation and routine maintenance associated with water treatment equipment for boilers, hot water generators, cooling towers, high purity water, and hot and cold water closed loops. These activities will include the routine monitoring of water quality, the addition of water treatment chemicals to ensure the required water quality and the performance of routine maintenance of water treatment equipment including changing filters, etc.

·         The de-energization (lock-out/tag-out) of all equipment within the powerhouse that is required to allow the safe performance of maintenance on such equipment.

·         Perform routine (planned maintenance) on all powerhouse equipment, including predictive, preventive, and minor corrective maintenance.  Operators will also be required to assist contractors with work that is beyond the capability of the powerhouse operators, such as major maintenance, non-destructive testing, protective calibration, etc.   

·         The recording and documenting of all maintenance activities that are performed on powerhouse equipment. This may include utilizing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to electronically document information and historical data. 

·         Maintain an adequate supply of spare parts including, belts, hoses, seals, lubricants, sensing devices, gauges, etc. as may be related to their trade in a designated storage area within the powerhouse.

·         Perform troubleshooting and correcting problems related to the proper monitoring, control and operation of powerhouse equipment.

·         Maintain a clean and orderly work area ensuring that the area is left in an unobstructed and safe condition following the completion of the job.

·         Perform work and conduct activities as directed by the plant manager within their assigned area that pertains to energy conservation, including the repair of leaks, the timely turn-down of lighting and other machinery, etc.

·         Shift work is required and employees will be required to perform both operation and routine maintenance of the facility equipment.



A high school diploma or GED required. An Ohio 3rd Class Engineer’s License is also required. At least five (5) years operating centralized chilled water or compressed air systems and/or a minimum of five (5) years of power plant experience in operations and maintenance desired to provide for the following:

·         Experience operating and maintaining plant electrical and control systems, including programmable controllers (PLC) is highly desirable.

·         Basic water chemistry or WWTP experience desired.

·         Any applicable licenses or permits, refrigeration license preferred.

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, coworkers, management and the general public.

·         Knowledge of power plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including motors, pumps, boilers, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, waste water treatment,  pollution control equipment, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc. and associated  maintenance functions.

·         Ability to read and write effectively in English and to do basic mathematics.

·         Ability to learn and become proficient in all site specific systems and sub-systems. Complete site-specific written qualification programs, and periodic testing.

·         Knowledge of power plant safety, policies and procedures, especially in area such as chemical handling, high-energy systems, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, first aid, rotating machinery, and heavy equipment.

·         Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principals related to physics, mathematics, AC & DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermal dynamics and chemistry.

·         Knowledge of chemistry and power plant chemical applications.

·         Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants.

·         Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists and slings.

·         Ability to locate, trouble-shoot, and adjust defects in mechanical equipment and/or maintain, install, modify and trouble-shoot plant electrical systems and equipment.

·         Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

·         Ability to operate and maintain various analytical and test equipment.



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 or walk and sit. Occasionally, the employee is required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. 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 frequently reach with hands and arms.

The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight. Occasionally the employee will have to lift or move objects up to 50 pounds in weight.

Vision requirements for this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration.  The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.



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: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Youngstown