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DTE Energy Instrument and Control Engineer in Newton, Wisconsin

Instrument and Control Engineer


Newton, WI, US

Company: DTE Biomass Energy, Inc

Job ID: 6988

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.

Job Summary

This position will ultimately reside at 29049 468th Ave, Beresford, South Dakota 57004. There will be extensive cross training with the Wisconsin dairy projects through year end with flexibility regarding the engineer’s home office during this training preference for the following locations:

  • Lincoln, WI (between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay)

  • Newton, WI (outside of Manitowoc)

  • Rosendale, WI (near Fond du Lac)

  • New Chester, WI (Grand Marsh, WI)

Key Accountabilities

This position offers the opportunity to work with a small group of individuals in a rapidly growing renewable fuels industry. The individual is responsible for ensuring that instrumentation and controls are functioning per design, accurate, and precise while maximizing safety and production at multiple dairies where anaerobic digester gas is processed and turned into renewable natural gas. The individual will work collaboratively with other members of the operations team to quickly diagnose electrical and controls problems and continuously improve the performance of the plant. The I&C engineer will be responsible for executing maintenance on compressors, conduct electrical troubleshooting, create operational reports, and safely operating a complex renewable natural gas processing plant while maximizing profitability. Attention to detail, especially with the correct metering of renewable gas, will be critical to success. This position will report to the Regional Operations Manager. While work hours are primarily during normal daylight hours, callouts and flexibility of work hours will be necessary.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • A minimum of five years of industrial experience with associate degree while demonstrating continuous skill advancement or a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering with controls experience. Competencies include but not limited to:

  • Problem solving with root cause analysis expertise and capability

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and written communication skill

  • Interface effectively with a variety of people, such as engineers, plant personnel, supervision, management, contractors, service groups, and vendors

Other Qualifications

Solid background in instrumentation and controls – flow meters, control valves, PLC Programming, calibration, VFD, 4-20 mA signals. Strong industrial skill set – including electrical troubleshooting, PLC knowledge, gas compressor maintenance and operations, flow meter operations, valves, gas chromatographs, etc. Strong administrative skills – basic computer skills, assisting in purchasing correct equipment, and operator logs to support inventory management, maintenance planning. Safety Background/Understanding – Understanding of OSHA requirements and ability to learn detailed requirements for operating environment, developing a good safety culture, and implementing safety improvements. Excellent interpersonal skills – maintaining positive relationships and communication coworkers and leaders will be essential to success. Individuals with previous knowledge and experience with anaerobic digesters and associated processes will be given top consideration. Candidate is required to have a valid driver’s license.

Additional Information

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. 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 35 pounds in weight. Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with depth perception. 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 electric devices, moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high. Employee will routinely operate a motor vehicle. Employee will be required to respond to plant upset conditions (callouts) 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). Employee will also be responsible for operating and maintaining a DOT regulated pipeline as needed. Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision

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.