DTE Energy Operating Engineer in Ashtabula Township, Ohio

Operating Engineer

Location: Ashtabula Township, Ohio

_ GENERAL 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.

_ PRINICIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES_

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

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

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

  4. Conducts routine tours of the plant to inspect equipment; provides feedback to other employees.

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

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

  7. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Performs and maintains housekeeping standards and duties.

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

  15. Becomes lead system representative on assigned systems.

  16. Operates mobile equipment, such as a fork lift and/or aerial lift as required or assigned.

  17. Performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements.

  18. Displays routine proficiency improvements toward becoming qualified as a Lead Operations and Maintenance technician.

  19. 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.

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

  21. Willingness to carry a pager or phone on a rotating schedule basis.

  22. Willingness to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime and respond to off-hour call-ins when contacted by phone or pager.

_ KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES_

  1. A high school diploma or GED is required and the ability to read and write effectively in English and to do basic mathematics.

  2. 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

  3. Mist have five (5) years of power plant experience in operations and maintenance

  4. Ability to complete site-specific written qualification program

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Knowledge of and experience in at least four (4) of the following skills: pipefitting, welding, machining, rigging, rotating machine repair, fabrication, machine alignment, basic vibration analysis, and using electrical test equipment

  8. Knowledge of chemistry and power plant chemical applications

  9. Ability to operate valves, switches, controls, keyboards, and other devices associated with power plants.

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

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

  12. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

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

  14. Experience with coal fired steam turbine electrical generation preferred.

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

_ 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 frequently required to stand or walk and sit. Frequently, the employee is required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or occasionally, crawl. 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 constantly reach with hands and arms.

The employee in this classification will be required to lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight. Carry objects of up to 35 pounds in weight. Occasionally the employee will have to push or pull objects 70 pounds in weight.

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

_ 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 heat and cold. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and frequently exposed to airborne particles and vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to mechanical and electrical hazards. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud.

  • 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*.