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DTE Energy By-Product Utility Technician in River Rouge, Michigan

By-Product Utility Technician


River Rouge, MI, US

Company: DTE Coke Operations, LLC

Job ID: 11781

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: River Rouge, MI

The Utility Technician position is located at the EES Coke Battery on Zug Island in River Rouge, Michigan. We are represented by Local 1299 of the United Steel Workers. The hourly rate is $25.69 and the job includes health, dental, vision, and prescription insurance starting your first day.

This is not a position with Detroit Edison, it's a position with EES Coke Battery, which is a subsidiary of DTE Energy.


The By-Products Utility Technician works directly with the By-Products Foreman to oversee operation and maintenance in the plant. This person will work directly with maintenance staff and direct mechanics and electricians as needed on a day-to-day basis. They will be involved in developing maintenance plans in order to improve operating efficiency in the by-products plant. This person will work Monday through Friday on daylight shift and overtime will be required on an “as needed” basis to complete projects.


  • Work with the rotating operating crews to establish priorities and ensure uniformity of information

  • Oversee preventive maintenance activities and guide operator involvement in such activities

  • Assist in planning facility repairs, including outage planning

  • Assist in developing and executing purge procedures in the plant

  • Maintains interpersonal relationships with individuals both external and internal to the organization

  • Be an active participant of developing and maintaining a culture of professionalism

  • Responsible for following all rules, policies, or expectations

  • Responsible for environmental compliance

  • Responsible for participating in safety activities to meet or exceed organizational goals and expectations

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned


A high school diploma or GED, with manufacturing experience in an operating discipline preferred, to provide the following:

  • Must have basic knowledge in Microsoft Word and Excel

  • A thorough understanding of chemical plant safety standards and a focus on personal safety

  • Knowledge of pump and piping applications

  • Familiar with operation of automated computer controls in a chemical plant

  • Understanding of chemical processes, including distillation and chemical reactors

  • Familiar with industrial wastewater treatment systems

  • Detail oriented individual with strong written and verbal skills

  • Strong safety experience

  • Ability to work in a team orientated atmosphere

  • Demonstrated capability to achieve results through people, technology and processing equipment

  • Good knowledge of the assigned area(s) of responsibility

  • Ability to function within a matrix organization where employees report to both a functional leader and a business leader

  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with both a functional and business leader

  • Must be goal oriented

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, coworkers, and management


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 or walk and stoop or 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.

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 50 pounds in weight.

Vision requirements for this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme heat. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is loud.

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.