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DTE Energy Operations Manager in Bakersfield, California

Operations Manager


Bakersfield, CA, US

Company: DTE Energy Services, Inc.

Job ID: 1761

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

Job Summary

Location: Bakersfield, California

This is a leadership position with responsibility for all aspects of Operations including direct leadership of the O&M Tech IV Position, Operations Supervisor, and Fuel Yard Supervisor. As a leader, this position will be an integral part of the site management team. A high degree of communication and collaboration with others is required. Proactive leadership (by example) to reinforce DTE’s core values of Safety, Reliability, Efficiency, and Responsibility to continuously improve and develop employee culture is critical for the success of this position.

The person holding this position provides leadership to the operations group on the daily operation of generating equipment under the general direction of the Plant Manager. He or she manages the daily operation of the facility to insure the environment and plant personnel are safe. He or she will be knowledgeable of all environmental and compliance permits and how they are implemented in an operating plant. Reporting to the Plant Manager, the employee functions as part of the site leadership team utilizing their technical expertise, discretion, and judgment within established policies, procedures and practices.

Results are reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to these policies, procedures and practices.

Key Accountabilities

  • Maintains a strong safety culture. Complies with all site safety and environmental requirements and procedures. Identifies safety hazards and takes corrective actions as necessary. Assists with the development of, and ensures that all site safety requirements and procedures are properly implemented, consistently observed and corrective actions are initiated when applicable.

  • Directs plant operations and operating personnel to ensure that generating requirements and plant efficiency are maintained, and that local, state and federal safety and operational environmental standards are met.

  • Develops, implements and manages consistent plant operating philosophies and best practices to maximize plant availability, efficiency and productivity.

  • Constantly reviews and improves operational processes and ensures that operating personnel are properly trained and adhere to established procedures and standards in accordance with prudent industry practices.

  • Manages the fuel yard supervisor to ensure safe and efficient storage and mixing of biomass fuel, maintains positive fuel supplier relationships through efficient disposition and overall quality control of fuel supply through fuel yard QA/QC procedures.

  • Responsible for all NERC Reliability Standards compliance, including required periodic reporting of compliance through support personnel within the business unit.

  • Develops performance goals and reviews to align employee accountabilities and conduct with operational processes in accordance with administrative guidelines.

  • Investigates operating abnormalities and incidents to improve equipment availability and performance and to minimize maintenance requirements.

  • Prepares necessary plant operation reports in a timely manner and investigates all forced outages; reporting them in accordance with the BU practice through Sharepoint.

  • Prepares and continually evaluates the operating department’s budgets and/or makes recommendations to the Plant Manager relative to optimize Operations cost effectiveness, work quality, outage time, and capital budgets.

  • Reviews and provides operational input to maintenance and assists with maintenance engineering evaluation and troubleshooting of equipment abnormalities. Maintains a consistent and effective level of communications with Plant Manager, Maintenance Manager, Administrative staff, and Control Operators on shift.

  • Establishes department and group goals based on market dynamics and the needs of customers, employees, the owners and other stakeholders.

  • Support management of change process to ensure traceability and collaboration on execution.

  • Lead problem solving activities and coach and mentor the 4 CI capabilities within the team.

  • Assures proper staffing, scheduling, orientation and training of the plant staff, and manages compliance with all company policies and procedures. Recruits, interviews and assigns Operations employment candidates.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent, including a minimum of 5-7 years supervisory or managerial background and solid fuel fired power plant experience. Additional consideration provided for CFB power-plant related experience.

  • Thorough, demonstrated understanding of plant operations, with strong knowledge of generating equipment, biomass fired boilers, and water treatment processes.

  • Ability to analyze and improve operations business processes, utilizing information about market dynamics and competitors' processes and achievements.

  • Solid knowledge of plant engineering and plant maintenance functions and how they relate to operations and income.

  • Experience with accounting practices as it relates to analyzing cost impacts to budget.

  • Demonstrated skill in planning, coordinating and directing varied programs and tasks directly effecting the overall plant operation.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work shifts and extra/irregular hours and to work under unusual and special conditions that can arise in a fossil generation station.

  • Ability to pass respirator fit tests to use respiratory protective equipment or self-contained breathing apparatus at all times.

Other Qualifications

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, walk, stoop, 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.

Must be able to enter and work in confined space areas, including boilers, condensers, tanks, etc. to evaluate equipment condition or inspect work efforts by assigned resources.

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 40 pounds in weight. In addition, the employee will occasionally push or pull up to 70 pounds in weight.

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


While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a business office setting and out in plant. In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, extreme heat, and may work near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The employee is occasionally exposed fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office, but may become loud at the plant site.

Additional Information

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:Bakersfield

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