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DTE Energy Utility Technician - By Products Plant in River Rouge, Michigan

Utility Technician - By Products Plant


River Rouge, MI, US

Company: DTE Coke Operations, LLC

Job ID: 1877

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

Utility Technician- By Products

Location: River Rouge, Michigan

The Utility Technician position is located at the EES Coke Battery on Zug Island in River Rouge, Michigan. The Coke Battery is a plant that produces coke from various types of coal blends and is then used as fuel in the blast furnaces at the steel mills.

The By Products department processes the gases driven off from the coking process and captures useful and salable by products, removes contaminants form the coke oven gas and treats the generated waste water.

The position requires you to work a 12 hour rotating shift. There are two shifts: day shift is from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and the night shift is from 6:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. The schedule is a 4 week rotation; you are scheduled 14 out of 28 days with 7 days off at one point in the 4 week rotation, overtime is required on an as needed basis.

The Utility Technician is an entry level position. The hourly rate is $22.40 plus $0.30 extra per hour for shift work. This position also receives quarterly bonuses of up to $7,500 per year, based on EES Coke’s quality and production.

This is not a position with Detroit Edison, it's a position with EES Coke LLC, which is a subsidiary of DTE Energy.


The Utility Technician works directly with the Crew Leader to oversee operation and maintenance in the plant. This person will work directly with maintenance staff and interact with mechanics and electricians as needed on a day-to-day basis. They will be involved in developing maintenance plans in order to improve operating efficiency in the byproducts plant.


  • Work with the rotating operating crew to safely and efficiently operate the byproducts plant

  • Assist in executing purge procedures in the plant

  • Maintains interpersonal relationships with individuals both external and internal to the organization

  • Be an active participant of developing and maintaining a culture of professionalism

  • Responsible for following all rules, policies, or expectations

  • Responsible for environmental compliance

  • Responsible for participating in safety activities to meet or exceed organizational goals and expectations

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned


A high school diploma or GED, with manufacturing experience in an operating discipline preferred, to provide the following:

  • Must have basic Microsoft Word and Excel experience

  • A thorough understanding of chemical plant safety standards and a focus on personal safety

  • Knowledge of pump and piping applications

  • Familiar with operation of automated computer controls in a chemical plant

  • Understanding of chemical processes, including distillation and chemical reactors

  • Familiar with industrial wastewater treatment systems

  • Detail oriented individual with strong written and verbal skills

  • Strong safety experience

  • Ability to work in a team orientated atmosphere

  • Demonstrated capability to achieve results through people, technology and processing equipment

  • Good knowledge of the assigned area(s) of responsibility

  • Ability to function within a matrix organization where employees report to both a functional leader and a business leader

  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with both a functional and business leader

  • Must be goal oriented

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, coworkers, and management


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 stoop or 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.

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.

The employee will frequently perform work duties while wear a respirator.

Vision requirements for this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus


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. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is 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.

Nearest Major Market:Detroit

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