Power Plant Operations Supervisor


Woodland, CA, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  13953

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. The pay range for this position is $96,000.00  -  $129,000.00.


Job Summary

Location: Woodland, CA

The person holding this position is responsible during his/her shift for all personnel and equipment involved in the production of steam and electricity. He or she plans, coordinates, supervises, monitors, and controls all on-shift operations. As the senior individual on duty, he or she has the responsibility and authority to take whatever actions may be necessary to protect people, the environment and equipment.

Key Accountabilities

  • Ensures that all site safety and environmental requirements and procedures are properly implemented and takes corrective actions as necessary
  • Plans, directs, and performs housekeeping duties. Ensures housekeeping standards are maintained or initiates corrective action, as required
  • Oversees and provides direct supervision and feedback on all operations, including startup, shutdown, inspection, routine chemical testing, all switching and tagging, equipment troubleshooting, writes, reviews, and revises operating and related procedures
  • Assists in facets of department administration and power plant management. Maintains administrative documents, preparation, justification and control of annual operations and maintenance budgets. Generates reports and initiates action to replenish consumables
  • Provides advice and counsel to leadership regarding the technical and administrative conduct of shift operations
  • Monitors planned daily operations schedule
  • Assists in the orientation, training, development, performance evaluation, selection process for new employees and promotions, and assures high work quality of O&M Technicians
  • Serves as the site representative after normal hours
  • Plans, directs, and supervises routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment
  • Communicates with other company personnel on-site and at other locations. Represents the company in dealing with steam and power customers, vendors, contractors, regulators, and other non-company personnel
  • Maximizes plant efficiency and shareholder value without compromising personnel and equipment safety, environmental compliance, or the long-term commercial viability of the facility
  • Available for scheduled and unscheduled shift coverage, performs tasks that require physical exertion and is expected to respond to off-hour call-ins when contacted by phone or company furnished pager or cell phone
  • Establishes and maintains high personnel and professional standards of safety and environmental conscientiousness and compliance
  • Supports all departments and performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • A high school diploma or equivalent and knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through at least 3 years power plant related experience and 3 years supervisory or managerial experience

Other Qualifications


  • Experience with a solid fuel fired power plant

Other Requirements: 

  • Ability to read, write and communicate effectively and perform mathematical calculations
  • Knowledge of power plant safety policies and procedures, especially in the areas of high-energy systems, chemical handling, heavy equipment, rotating machinery, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, and first aid
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products, especially Word and Excel
  • Functional knowledge of subordinate and peer duties and responsibilities
  • Basic knowledge of or ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC and DC electrical theory, chemistry, water treatment process, thermal dynamics, heat transfer and fluid flow
  • Demonstrated knowledge regarding operation of valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants
  • Working knowledge of maintenance management systems
  • Ability to comprehend and apply technical information, including mechanical and electrical drawings (such as blueprints, P&IDs, single-line diagrams and schematics) to problem-solving situations and troubleshooting
  • Ability to locate, troubleshoot, and adjust defects in mechanical equipment and/or maintain, install, modify and trouble-shoot plant electrical systems and equipment without "tripping" equipment
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate work on technical subjects with others across job families and with outside vendors
  • Operating and maintenance experience with various analytical and test equipment
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill and prior hands-on troubleshooting and repair experience relating to instrumentation and control systems used in modern power stations, including burner management, combustion control, boiler controls, turbine controls, machine condition monitoring and continuous emissions monitoring (CEMS)
  • Outstanding skill in leadership and interpersonal relationships

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. In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is required to:

  • Sit, stand, walk, or climb and stoop or kneel. The employee will be required to be able to access all areas within the plant. Climbing stairs and ladders and maneuvering in awkward positions are all required
  • Frequently, the employee is required to sit
  • Talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively
  • 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. In addition, the employee will push or pull up to 25 pounds in weight occasionally
  • Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color vision, depth perception 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 to 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 throughout the plant site.

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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