DTE Energy Power Plant Control Operator in Bakersfield, California

Operation & Maintenance Technician IV

Location: Bakersfield, California


The person holding this position is responsible during his/her shift for all personnel and equipment involved in the safe and efficient production of steam and electricity. He or she leads in the coordination, monitoring and controlling all on-shift operations. As the senior individual on duty, he or she has the responsibility and authority to take whatever action may be necessary to protect people, environment and equipment.


  • Ensures that all site safety and environmental requirements and procedures are followed and takes corrective actions as necessary.

  • Assists the Lead O&M Tech to plan, direct and perform housekeeping duties. Ensures housekeeping standards are maintained or initiates corrective action, as required.

  • Oversees all station operations, including startup, shutdown, inspection, routine chemical testing, all switching and tagging, equipment trouble-shooting, writes, reviews, and revises operating and related procedures.

  • Assists the Operations Manager and Lead O&M Tech in maintaining administrative documents, generating reports and initiates action to replenish consumables.

  • Provides feedback to the Operations Manager and Lead O&M Tech regarding the technical and administrative conduct of shift operations.

  • Assists in the development and implementation of the planned daily operations schedule.

  • Assists in the orientation, training, development of O&M Technicians to assure high work quality.

  • Assists the Lead O&M Tech in the planning of routine preventive and predictive maintenance on all systems and equipment. Supports corrective maintenance efforts on selected equipment.

  • 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.

  • Maximizes plant efficiency and shareholder value without compromising personnel and equipment safety, environmental compliance or the long-term commercial viability of the facility.

  • Available for scheduled and unscheduled shift coverage, performs tasks that require physical exertion and is expected to respond to off-hour call-ins when contacted by phone or company furnished pager or cell phone.

  • Establishes and maintains high personal and professional standards of safety and environmental conscientiousness and compliance.

  • Supports all departments and performs other duties necessary to fulfill plant requirements.

  • This position is defined by, but not limited to, this list of duties and responsibilities.


A high school diploma or GED are required and at least Three (3) years of power plant experience in operations and maintenance, including experience as a qualified O&M Tech III to provide for the following:

  • Ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English and perform mathematical calculations. High school or vocational school diploma preferred. Technical training and demonstrated ability to perform successfully in similar work environments preferred.

  • Knowledge of power plant safety policies and procedures, especially in the areas of high-energy systems, chemical handling, heavy equipment, rotating machinery, confined spaces, incipient fire suppression, and first aid.

  • Basic knowledge of or ability to understand fundamental principles related to physics, mathematics, AC and DC electrical theory, chemistry, water treatment process, thermal dynamics, heat transfer and fluid flow.

  • Knowledge of and experience in at least four (4) of the following skill areas: pipefitting, welding, machining, rigging, rotating machine repair, fabrication, machine alignment, piping schematics, mechanical drawings, electrical theory, electrical safety, vibration analysis, electrical test equipment, basic electrical trouble-shooting, and high- and low-voltage systems, equipment and components.

  • Demonstrated knowledge regarding operation of valves, switches, controls, keyboards and other devices associated with power plants.

  • Working knowledge of maintenance management systems.

  • Ability to comprehend and apply technical information, including mechanical and electrical drawings (such as blueprints, P&IDs, single-line diagrams and schematics) to problem-solving situations and trouble-shooting.

  • Ability to locate, trouble-shoot, and adjust defects in mechanical equipment and/or maintain, install, modify and trouble-shoot plant electrical systems and equipment without "tripping" equipment (with supervision, if necessary).

  • Ability to communicate and coordinate work on technical subjects with others across job families and with outside vendors.

  • Operating and maintenance experience with various analytical and test equipment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill and prior hands-on operational experience relating to instrumentation and control systems used in modern power stations, including burner management, combustion control, boiler controls, turbine controls, machine condition monitoring and continuous emissions monitoring (CEMS).

  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill and prior hands-on operational experience relating to electrical systems used in modern power stations, including 13.8KV switchgear and motors, 4160-volt switchgear and motors, 480-volt motors and control centers, transformers, batteries, inverters and chargers, main generator and excitation equipment.

  • Outstanding skill in leadership and interpersonal relationships.


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 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.


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.*