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DTE Energy Central Utility Plant Manager in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Central Utility Plant Manager


Pittsburgh, PA, US

Company: DTE Energy Services, Inc.

Job ID: 11917

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.


Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


This position is responsible for overseeing, managing, and directing the day-to-day operation and maintenance activities for utility and energy-related assets located withinthe Central Utility Plant (CUP) located at the Pittsburgh Airport complex; along with the associated Chillers, High Temperature Hot Water Generators, Cooling Towers and associated auxiliary equipment to the airport facilities.

The Plant Manager will be responsible for performing difficult and complex services requiring a high level of independent judgment, initiative, and discretion. Work is mainly self-directed, with work results reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to policies and procedures.


  • Lead the interviewing and hiring of the CUP operations staff as needed

  • Participate in daily meetings and oversee the long-term operation of the facility

  • Ensure that the utility assets are operated in a safe, efficient, and environmentally responsiblemanner while ensuring all contract deliverables are met

  • Supervise and direct the daily activities of all plant staff, including hourly workforce consisting of Operating Engineers anda Lead Operating Engineer

  • Directly manage 3rdparty vendors and contractors

  • Understand and adhere to all commercial and contractual obligations

  • Act as the onsite liaison between the Company and the Customer

  • Ensure that all financial goals are met while maintaining a high level of plant reliability

  • Provide oversight to direct reports in the management of all energy conservation initiatives

  • Develop and manage annual O&M budget and cost-saving measures

  • Manage site purchasing and inventory control processes

  • Manage employee time entry and work schedules

  • Conduct employee safety training

  • Prepare and issue weekly and monthly reports in a timely, consistent manner

  • Support the development and implementation of all Onsite Energy business unit initiatives and best practices

  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with all stakeholders including key customer personnel

  • Perform other related duties as assigned


Must have a high school diploma or GED and a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in the operation, maintenance and administration of powerhouses, utility systems or similar plant assets is preferred. Experience with (Chillers, Hot Water Distribution, Medium Voltage Switchgear, Pumping Systems and Ancillary Equipment,) is required.

  • Experience supervising unionized labor is preferred

  • Must demonstrate an ability to understand and administer complex commercial agreements related to delivering reliable energy services to a Customer on a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week basis

  • An understanding of the operation and maintenance of plant equipment, including the importance of ensuring high availability, reliability, and efficiency

  • Working knowledge of powerhouse equipment and systems, including but not limited to chillers, electrical distribution, heat exchangers, hot water distribution, chemical treatment equipment, transformers, motors, pumps, piping/valves, instrumentation, control systems, etc.

  • An understanding of energy efficiency practices and energy conservation techniques

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams, etc.)

  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to communicate effectively at all levels

  • Ability to develop and manage operating & maintenance budgets

  • Experience with computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS)

  • Capable of working alone or as part of a team without a significant level of supervision

  • Ability to balance time and manage multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Capable of promoting and maintaining strong, positive relationships with coworkers, suppliers, contractors, vendors, and customers

  • Willingness to share expertise and knowledge with other team members for the benefit of the entire Onsite Energy business unit

  • An engineeringdegree or stationary engineers license is desired but not required


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.

To properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, taste and smell. Frequently, the employee is required to stand, walk, and sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee can talk and hear and to use hands and fingers to handle or feel.

The employee must occasionally wear a respirator, climb and work from ladders and pass through small openings to inspect equipment.

The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight and occasionally lift or move objects of up to 40 pounds in weight.

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


The employee performs job duties in a field office shared by other site personnel and an operating powerhouse with a 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.