DTE Energy Plant Manager in Bakersfield, California


Location: Bakersfield, California


To effectively merge routine operations with asset management responsibilities thereby optimizing financial results while meeting safety, environmental and company growth objectives. Coach and mentor employees in the continuous improvement of performance while maximizing employee engagement.


The person holding this position is responsible for the safe, reliable and profitable operation of a 50 MW biomass fired power plant. S/he will perform a wide range of supervisory, business, and administrative activities and will direct plant personnel in the daily performance of various operations and maintenance (O&M) functions. Reporting to the regional Operations Manager or Director of Operations, 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 policies, procedures and practices.


  • 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, to ensure that the plant is operated within the terms and conditions of all operations and maintenance (O&M), power purchase, services supply or maintenance contracts and agreements.

  • Manages safety and environmental compliance and reporting to federal, state and local government authorities. Responsible for all NERC Reliability Standards compliance, including required periodic reporting of compliance.

  • Identify metrics for Key Plant Performance Attributes (Balanced Scorecard) and execute improvement activities in pursuit of Operational Excellence.

  • Utilize root cause analysis tools and problem solving with the scientific method. Demonstrate ability to identify and share critical information / learning in a timely manner and develop/coach others in process improvement and problem solving.

  • Completes equipment repairs and overhauls on schedule by utilizing established planning methods and providing adequate manpower and supervision.

  • Maintains plant capacity rates by establishing an equipment performance program and providing adequate engineering and support personnel to conduct the program.

  • 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 communication with owner representatives and regulatory agency representatives.

  • Holds responsibility for ensuring the administration of all Environmental, 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. Oversee the development of plant personnel through qualification in job classification and development.

  • 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 power plant operation.

  • Prepares necessary plant operation reports in a timely manner and reviews investigation of all forced outages.

  • Directly supervise and develop O&M Manger, Unit Reliability Engineer, Purchasing Manager, EH&S Manager and Administrative Assistant.

  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


A high school diploma or equivalent, a minimum of ten years of power industry or directly related industrial experience including a minimum of five years of management experience. Wood-fired CFB boiler operating experience is highly desired to provide for the following:

  • Demonstrated understanding of power plant O&M, plant engineering, contracts and general plant business functions

  • Strong Safety and Environmental leadership and management skills.

  • Understanding of 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 MS applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook in a Windows environment. Extensive experience with computer based PM programs and Internet

  • Ability to perceive and analyze problems, develop alternatives and make or recommend sound decisions

  • Ability to pass respirator fit tests to use respiratory protective equipment or self-contained breathing apparatus at all times.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.


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, walk, stoop, kneel or 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.

Must be able to enter and work in confined space areas, including boilers, condensers, tanks, etc. to evaluate equipment condition or inspect work efforts by assigned resources.

The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 25 pounds in weight. Occasionally the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 40 pounds in weight. In addition, the employee will occasionally push or pull up to 70 pounds in weight.

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 out in plant. While working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, extreme heat, 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.*

Requisition ID: 18582