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Plant Manager


Warren, OH, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  4464

Job Summary

The person holding this position is responsible for the safe, reliable and profitable operation of the Central Utility Complex (CUC) providing Steam, Compressed Air, Chilled Water, Reverse Osmosis, and Waste Water Treatment services to an industrial client. A high degree of communication and collaboration with others is required. Proactive leadership (by example) to reinforce DTE’s core values of Safety, Reliability, Efficiency, and Responsibility to continuously improve and develop employee culture is critical for the success of this position.


This position performs a wide range of supervisory, business, and administrative activities and will direct plant personnel in the daily performance of various operations and maintenance functions. Reporting to the Regional Manager, 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.

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 or delegated, to ensure that the plant is operated within the terms and conditions of all operations and maintenance (O&M) services supply or maintenance contracts and agreements.
  • Keeping operating errors to a minimum by way of established standard operating procedures and a rigorous investigation, communication and corrective action programs.
  • Completing equipment repairs and overhauls on schedule by utilizing established planning methods and providing adequate manpower and supervision.
  • Maintaining plant capacity by establishing an equipment performance program (Key Metrics) and providing adequate engineering and support personnel to conduct the program.
  • Ensuring 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 routine 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 plant operation. 


Job Qualifications
Ten years of power industry or directly related industrial experience including a minimum of five years' management experience. Chillers, Compressed Air, Boilers, experience is highly desired.

  • Demonstrated understanding of Central Utility Plant O&M, plant engineering, contracts and general plant business functions.
  • Understanding of basic 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, cost-effective judgments on day-to-day and long-term operational issues.
  • Ability to efficiently balance competing priorities and tasks, remain organized and meet deadlines in a high-pressured environment.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to analyze and communicate to senior management
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Experience with computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) 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.


Physical Demands
The physical demands characterized here epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job.
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 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 of up to 25 pounds in weight.
Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions
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.



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