DTE Energy Manager-Operations in Stockton, California

Manager - Operations

Location: Stockton, California

_ GENERAL SUMMARY_

The person holding this position provides leadership to the operations group on the daily operation of generating equipment under the general direction of the General Manager. Responsibilities include managing the daily operation of the facility to insure the environment and plant personnel are safe. Requires knowledge of all environmental and compliance permits and how they are implemented in an operating plant, as well as demonstrated knowledge of the maintenance management function of a wood-fired stoker power plant.

_ PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES_

  • 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, including safe and efficient storage and mixing of biomass fuel, maintains positive fuel supplier relationships and overall quality control of fuel supply.

  • Manages safety and environmental compliance and reporting to federal, state and local government authorities. Responsible for all NERC Reliability Standards compliance, including required periodic reporting of compliance.

  • Develops performance goals and reviews to align employee accountabilities and conduct with operational processes.

  • 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.

  • Prepares and continually evaluates the operating department’s budgets and/or makes recommendations to the General 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 General Manager, Maintenance Manager, Administrative staff, and O&M Technicians on shift.

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

  • 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.

_ KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES_

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with relevant power plant-related experience, including a minimum of 5-7 years supervisory or managerial background. Additional consideration provided for wood-fired stoker power-plant related experience to provide for the following:

  • 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.

  • A thorough, demonstrated understanding of power plant operations, with strong understanding of the maintenance function. Understanding of steam turbine technology, mechanics, hydraulics, electricity and electronics.

  • Working knowledge of operations and engineering functions and their interrelation to maintenance.

  • Understanding of accounting systems as relates to work orders.

  • Ability to plan, coordinate and direct varied programs and tasks directly involved with the maintenance component of the plant, but directly influencing the entire plant operation.

  • Ability to analyze potentially complex, costly maintenance problems and direct their resolution.

  • Strong planning and communication skills.

  • Ability to analyze and improve maintenance 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 biomass fired generation station.

  • Proficient in the use of MS applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint in a Windows environment. Extensive experience with computer based maintenance management programs and Internet.

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

_ PHYSICAL DEMAND_:

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee’s work will consist of 65% administrative and 35% field support, both in a business office setting and at a plant site. In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to stand or walk, stoop or kneel crouch and or crawl. The position also requires the employee to climb stairs and ladders and maneuver in awkward positions. Frequently, the employee is required to 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.

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

_ WORKING CONDITIONS_:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee’s work will consist of 65% administrative and 35% field support, both in a business office setting and at a plant site. In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and may work near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The employee is occasionally exposed to 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.

  • 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.*

  • Requisition ID:* 18703