DTE Energy Operations & Maintenance Technician III in Mt. Poso Cogeneration Company, United States

Operations & Maintenance Technician III

Location: Mt. Poso Cogeneration Company, LLC, Bakersfield, California

_ Position Summary:_

The person holding this position will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all power plant equipment and assist with maintenance tasks as assigned.

_ Main Responsibilities:_

  • Performs all station shift operation and maintenance, including startup and shutdown of main plant components and auxiliaries.

  • Perform operations in accordance with established Standard Operating Procedures and job safety standards.

  • Respond to abnormalities and take corrective actions consistent with established operating procedures and good engineering practice.

  • Conducts routine tours of the plant to inspect equipment; record readings and provides feedback to other employees.

  • Complies with all site safety requirements and procedures. Identifies safety hazards and takes corrective actions as necessary.

  • Maintains accuracy of shift operating logs, records, time sheets, work orders and other administrative documents related to the power plant.

  • Performs routine cycle chemistry testing and makes the necessary adjustments to optimize efficiency. Checks daily consumption rates of chemicals, gasses, fuels, water and other consumables; monitors inventories and initiates action to replenish when appropriate.

  • Performs plant switching and tagging of equipment in accordance with approved procedures and prudent operations and maintenance practices.

  • Performs electrical and mechanical inspections, trouble-shooting, and maintenance tasks under direction of Management when assigned.

  • Investigates plant problems, incidents, accidents and unusual events, and provides analyses, recommendations, reports, and appropriate follow-up plans.

  • Reads and records gauges and meters. Performs routine operational test and adjustments on all power plant systems and components, as required.

  • Develops, assists, and revises operations and maintenance related procedures.

  • Performs and maintains housekeeping standards and duties.

  • Performs routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment; supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment when properly trained or supervised.

  • Becomes lead system representative on assigned systems.

  • Performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements.

  • Displays routine proficiency improvements toward becoming qualified as an O&M Tech IV (Lead Operator).

  • May be called upon to assist with the duties of the O&M Tech II.

  • Communicates with other company personnel on-site and at other locations. Represents the company in dealing with the public, steam and power customers, vendors, contractors, regulators, and other non-company personnel.

  • Assist other team members and works with all departments to support the operation in achieving its goals.

  • Willingness to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime and respond to off-hour call-ins.

_ Requirements:_

A high school diploma or GED is required, with a minimum of five (5) years of power plant experience in operations and maintenance, including knowledge of power plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including motors, pumps, boilers, fluid systems, chemical handling, water treatment systems, pollution control equipment, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc. and associated maintenance functions. Experience with wood fired steam turbine electrical generation is preferred to provide for the following:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license.

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

  • Ability to complete site-specific written qualification program.

  • 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 evaluate operating equipment to identify abnormal operating conditions.

  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

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

  • Willingness to work rotating shift schedules, overtime, and respond to off-hour call-ins.

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: 19102