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Combustion Turbine Specialist


Westland, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  11494

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.

Testing Required: Not Applicable

On-Site Role: Must be available to work on-site at this assigned work location.

Emergency Response: Yes – Must be available to perform a primary assignment in support of DTE’s emergency response to storms or other events that impact service to our customers.

Job Summary

  • Oversees, coordinates and conducts the maintenance and site improvements on the Corporation's electric generating peaking unit fleet, consisting of multiple (>75) generating units installed across multiple sites throughout the Corporation's service area with a net capacity of 1371 MW. These are typically oil, natural gas, or other non-steam & non-hydraulic fossil fuel-fired turbine units that fulfill peak power requirements on demand. Applies technical expertise in the areas of electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and analog and computer control systems associated with diverse equip-ment that comprise the Corporation's peaker power generation fleet and associated auxiliary systems. Span of control=0; this is an individual contributor job, although incumbents may mentor, provide guidance and direction, or act in a subject matter expert capacity for less experienced staff and/or contractor personnel; may provide input in performance evaluations, but does not supervise.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develops, manages, coordinates and implements maintenance (predictive, preventative and periodic) programs associated with the combustion turbine, jet and diesel prime mover peaker fleet.
  • Leads, coordinates, conducts and implements problem-solving activities; develops corrective action plans and programs with the objective of reducing operating & maintenance (O&M) costs, and maximizing peaker unit availability.
  • Maintains a safe and environmentally secure work environment; performs the duties of Protection Leader as required.
  • Performs as Site and/or Project Manager for installation and startup of new or modified systems.
  • Provides technical expertise and direction to other work groups or contractors pertaining to the maintenance, operation and repair of mechanical, electrical, control and auxiliary systems associated with peaking unit equipment.
  • May lead projects and/or project teams (including assigning work, reviewing progress and evaluat-ing results), mentor, provide guidance and technical direction to less experienced technical and support staff (but is not responsible for supervising anyone).
  • Independently recognizes project resource requirements, internally and externally, and brings necessary resources to bear to accomplish required tasks

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • This is a dualtrack base requirement job; education & experience requirements can be satisfied through one of the following options:
    • High school degree or GED, & 10+ years of power plant experience, including electrical, control systems, mechanical or instrumentation technology operations
    • Associate degree in electrical, control systems or electrical trades technology, or other appropriate technology/engineering discipline, or certificate in turbine / power technology from a duly accredited program, & 4+ years of relevant power plant or industrial equipmentrelated experience.

Other Qualifications


  • Gas and/or steam turbine experience
  • Associate degree or higher in related field


Other Requirements

  • Must maintain North American Electrical Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERCCIP) clearance; have the physical capacity to work in a power plant environment (e.g climb stairs, work in hot confined environments, and pass security screening & drug tests.
  • Knowledge of / familiarity with: generators, electrical switchgear and controls, heavy industrial prime movers and associated control such as combustion turbines, jets and/or large diesel engines, and auxiliary support systems.
  • Ability to travel & report for work at different locations (typically within the Corporation's service area); incumbents are responsible for their own transportation.
  • Proficient verbal, written and presentation skills; communicates clearly, with credibility and confidence.
  • Intermediate-to-advanced analytical and project management skills.
  • Analytical & problem solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives, and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.
  • Ability to develop / coordinate cross-functional work groups and projects, yielding optimal outcomes.
  • Broad understanding of power generation, transmission, distribution and regional power dispatch issues.
  • Flexibility & the ability to work with shifting priorities; embrace new/evolving responsibilities.
  • Balances multiple demands from superiors, and/or subordinates & peers in a positive and even-handed fashion; displays a calm demeanor under pressure.
  • Initiates new ideas and approaches; challenges prevailing practices & approaches with reasonably sound alternatives.
  • Ability to apply project planning & implementation and/or continuous improvement principles (typically acquired through several years of experience in these areas) to affect tangible, positive outcomes.
  • Competent in multitasking (i.e the ability to prioritize & manage multiple tasks, issues or projects that may include high visibility initiatives and require innovation, teamwork & planning).
  • Promotes an atmosphere conducive to the open exchange of new ideas, and alternatives to orthodox approaches.
  • Deals effectively with resistance; takes positive steps to avoid the recurrence of errors through constructive critique

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.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit