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DTE Energy Operating Engineer in Detroit, Michigan

Operating Engineer


Detroit, MI, US

Company: DTE ES Operations, LLC

Job ID: 5086

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: Detroit, MI

This position is responsible for operating, monitoring, and performing routine maintenance, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, on all equipment located within a chilled water plant. Engineers will operate and maintain chillers and associated equipment, including heat exchangers, chilled water pumps, condensing water pumps, HVAC units, and perform all other associated work as directed. Work is performed under direct supervision with results reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to policies, procedures, and industry best practices.

Key Accountabilities

  • Identify unsafe acts or conditions; eliminate/mitigate hazards immediately where possible and notify affected personnel and supervisor.

  • Safely operate plant equipment to meet the day to day demands of the customer’s facility.

  • Record and analyze plant operational data and operation of facility systems to maximize equipment efficiency and reliability.

  • Understand plant systems as a whole and the interdependencies of equipment and operator input on function and performance.

  • Respond to abnormal and emergency operating situations in a safe and reasonable manner.

  • Perform routine housekeeping duties and general clean-up of the facility and immediate surrounding area.

  • Perform maintenance on all facility equipment including predictive, preventative, corrective, and emergency maintenance. These activities include lubrication, filter replacement, tube brushing, equipment cleaning, painting, equipment tear down, inspection and re-build, etc.

  • Record and document all maintenance activities that are performed on facility equipment. This may include utilizing a computer-based maintenance management program to electronically document information and historical data.

  • Follows all Company safety/environmental rules and regulations including LOTO, confined space, fall protection, electrical safety, chemical safety, and fire safety.

  • Provide on-call support for emergency and contingency situations.

  • Shift work is required, and employees will be required to perform both operation and routine maintenance of the facility equipment.


A high school diploma or GED, City of Detroit 1st Class Refrigeration Operator High Pressure Boiler Operator License are required.

  • Four years’ experience in plant operations, including two years’ operating a centralized chilled water system.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, coworkers, management, and the general public.

  • Knowledge of basic water chemistry is desired.

  • Knowledge of power plant mechanical and electrical equipment, including chillers, motors, pumps, water treatment systems, electrical distribution, control systems, etc., and associated maintenance functions.

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

  • Knowledge of and ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, electrical theory, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermal dynamics, and chemistry.

  • Ability to use basic hand tools, portable electric and pneumatic tools, and basic lifting equipment such as chain hoists, davits, slings, and hydraulic cranes.

  • Ability to learn and become proficient in all site-specific systems and sub-systems.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law.