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DTE Energy Operation & Maintenance Technician in Lansing, Michigan

Operation & Maintenance Technician


Lansing, MI, US

Company: DTE ES Operations, LLC

Job ID: 10848

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.

Job Summary

Location: Lansing, Michigan

This position is responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of all energy related assets located within a central utility complex at the GM Lansing or GM Delta Complex.

Assets include Air handling Units, Chilled Water, Cooling Tower, Thermal Storage, Compressed Air, Hot Water and Wastewater Treatment.

Employees will be represented by IBEW Local 352.

Key Accountabilities

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

  • Perform operations in accordance with established SOPs and job safety standards.

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

  • Conducts routine tours of the plant to inspect equipment and provide 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.

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

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

Additional Accountabilities

  • 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 tests and adjustments on all power plant systems and components as required.

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

  • Performs and maintains good housekeeping standards and related duties.

  • Performs routine preventative 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.

  • 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.

  • Assists 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 when contacted.


  • High school diploma or GED required. Associates degree or Technical School certificate preferred. (5) years’ experience in the utility complex operations.Shift work (nights and or days) is required, including weekends and holidays

  • Valid driver’s license is required.

  • Working knowledge of utility and power plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including: Chillers, motors, pumps, fluid systems, chemical handling, waste-water treatment systems, centrifugal air compressors, AC and DC electrical distribution and control systems, etc. and associated maintenance functions of the equipment.

  • Ability to learn and become proficient in all site-specific systems and sub-systems.

  • Knowledge of power plant safety policies and procedures, especially in areas such as chemical handling, high-energy systems, confined spaces, first aid, rotating machinery, and heavy equipment.

  • Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC & DC electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermal-dynamics, and chemistry.

  • Knowledge of and experience in mechanical maintenance, rigging, rotating machine repair, fabrication, machine alignment, basic vibration analysis, and using electrical test equipment.

  • Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic rigging equipment such as winches, hoists, and slings.

  • Ability to locate, trouble-shoot, and adjust defects in mechanical equipment and/or maintain, install, modify and trouble-shoot plant electrical systems and equipment.

  • Good communications in both verbal and written forms.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift or move objects of fifty pounds in weight.

In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job the employee is required to: Stand, walk or climb, and stoop or kneel. It is crucial to the outcome of the job tasks that the employee can: Talk and hear; use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.

Vision requirements for this position include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision, along with depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Working conditions: The employee performs job duties in an industrial facility with a very loud noise level.

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.