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DTE Energy Facility Technician in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Facility Technician


Winston-Salem, NC, US

Company: DTE Biomass Energy, Inc

Job ID: 1628

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve. We have businesses in 26 states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses. Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers. Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

  • Gallup Great Workplace Award for multiple years

  • Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence

  • Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running

  • Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For

  • J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award

  • Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”

  • Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT

  • Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award

  • Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

General Summary:

Location: Winston-Salem, NC

DTE Biomass Energy, a fast-growing developer of renewable energy projects, has an immediate opening for a Facility Technician at our landfill gas to energy facility in Winston-Salem, NC. We offer competitive wages with incentive opportunity and an excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision and life insurance, 401k plan with company match, 3 weeks’ vacation and more. This position will be responsible for daily operations, routine maintenance, system troubleshooting, production reporting, responding to alarm conditions and making repairs. The site consists of a compression skid, a 4 MW gas turbine, and wells in the landfill that extract gas.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Execute maintenance plan for plant while meeting desired outcomes.

  • Professional representation to landfill operator, customer, regulators, etc.

  • Efficiently make un-planned repairs to restore operational capacity of plant. Unplanned plant outages may require attention at any hour of the day, including weekends and holidays

  • Operate facility as defined by various contractual obligations, including the gas rights agreement and gas sales agreement

  • Perform electrical and mechanical repairs

  • Perform daily equipment inspections, test and operational checks

  • Collect oil, water, wastewater, gas and air samples for analysis

  • Investigate mechanical and electrical problems and effect appropriate repair

  • Support, assist and direct the work of contractors on-site

  • Maintain electronic facility logbook, highlighting activities and noteworthy events

  • Record operating data and maintain operating records including monthly production reports

  • Inspect landfill gas system collection system components for mechanical problems and make appropriate repairs

  • Diagnose and correct adverse gas field and plant conditions and malfunctions

  • Perform routine buildings and grounds maintenance and repairs \Maintain spare parts inventory and records

  • Maintain filing system for drawings, instruction books and manuals

  • Work with manager to prepare preliminary annual operating budget

  • Work safely and participate in monthly safety audits and inspections as identified in site safety manuals

Job Requirements

High school diploma or equivalent is required. You must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted state driver’s license and a clean driving record are required. A two-year technical degree in an electrical or mechanical field is preferable, or equivalent work experience with electrical and mechanical trouble shooting to provide for the following:

  • Familiar with gas compression and/or gas transportation

  • Knowledge of mechanical, electrical and instrument control systems

  • Knowledge of manufacturing equipment such as motors, blowers, controls and pumps

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

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisor, management, customers, clients and vendors

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Dedication to safe work practices

  • Ability to efficiently handle competing priorities and tasks remaining organized to meet deadlines

  • Basic computer skills and proficiency with MS Office applications

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.

In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is routinely required to reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, feel and smell. The employee must be able to walk on shallow and steep slopes. Frequently the employee will be required to stand, walk, and sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to use hands and fingers to handle and manipulate object as well as to talk and hear.

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.

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme cold and/or heat. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. Most work is within the vicinity of a municipal solid waste disposal facility. Employee will routinely operate a motor vehicle and/or ATV style off road vehicle on unimproved terrain.

Employee will be required to respond to plant upset conditions (call-outs) outside of normal business hours, work unscheduled overtime and may occasionally be required to travel to other work locations using personal transportation (travel expense reimbursed within policy limits).

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.

Nearest Major Market:Winston-Salem

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