DTE Energy Instrument & Control Technician A (Various Fossil Generation Power Plant Locations) in Detroit, Michigan

Job Description

Instrument & Control Technician A (Various Fossil Generation Power Plant Locations)-09854

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are the largest electric and gas utility in Michigan with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America. We are a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan with businesses in 26 different states.

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.

We care for our employees and prioritize their health and safety first. Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

· Gallup Great Workplace Award for 3 consecutive Years! (2013, 2014 and 2015)

· 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

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.


Job Summary:

Under indirect and intermittent supervision, installs and maintains a wide variety of instrumentation and control systems and components. Troubleshoots and repairs instrumentation and control system and component failure or discrepancies.

Uses a variety of test equipment and hand and power tools. Works from drawings, data sheets, vendor manuals, technical procedures and other work documents. Authors and edits written procedures for the performance of I&C work, both nuclear safety related and non-safety related. Directs other I&C Journeymen, both on a routine, day-to-day basis and as project leader. Directly trains and assists in the training of other I&C Journeymen as assigned.

Key Accountabilities:

INSTALLS, INSPECTS, CALIBRATES, TROUBLESHOOTS, TESTS, ADJUSTS, REPAIRS, MODIFIES, UPGRADES, REPLACES, CHECKS and/or MAINTAINS a variety of equipment, systems and instrumentation including but not limited to:

  • Electronic instrumentation and control equipment including: automatic control equipment; alarm and tripping devices; indicating and recording instruments which include analog and digital paper and paperless data recorders; pH meters and recorders, conductivity meters, mimic displays; scales, tachometers, potentiometers, cycle timers, thermocouples, timing devices etc.

  • Fiber optic network systems and fiber optic cable installations, including electro-optical components.

  • Plant control systems, including simple and complex electrical, electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic control systems. These systems include analog and digital electronic control systems, digital programmable logic control systems (PLC's), digital Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and other control systems.

  • USES and/or MAINTAINS a variety of equipment including:8. Testing equipment such as oscilloscopes, manometers, digital voltmeters, ammeters, ohmmeters, frequency counters, X-V plotters, Time Domain Reflectometers, Optical Time Domain Reflectometers, Programmable Digital Calibrators, On-Line computer based process loop tuning systems, Lanyard Pots, vibration indicators, signal generators, water columns, dead weight and resistance bridges, and various types of digital and analog recorders, etc. USES jeweler’s tools, soldering equipment, torches, wrenches, drills, flaring tools, grinders, drill presses, micrometers, calipers, etc., when removing, installing, modifying, or repairing instruments and instrumentation systems.

  • Solid-state electronic equipment such as process transmitters, process controllers, process receivers, signal characterizers, dynamic compensators, digital counters, and programmable logic controllers. Such maintenance consists of replacing and or repairing integrated circuits, transistors, resistors, capacitors, tubes, transformers, printed circuit boards, etc.

  • TROUBLESHOOTS and CORRECTS Electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, or pneumatic failures as they apply to instrumentation and control systems (from point of origin to final control element i.e. electrical circuits, process transmitter, field wiring or tubing, process controllers and indicators, connections, selector switches and valves, positioners, final process control elements, etc.).

  • PROGRAMS various digital programmable systems in the plant, to include data recorders, programmable logic controllers, distributed control systems, single loop controllers etc. TROUBLESHOOTS and DEBUGS programming problems.

  • ACTS as a JOB LEADER or PROJECT LEADER. As a leader, directly and indirectly supervises other I & C Journeymen and tradesman working on repair and modification jobs or projects. As part of these duties, the project lead interfaces with other groups onsite, including Operations, Modifications, System Engineering, Plant Engineering, and others. Job Leaders and Project Leaders participate in and direct pre-job briefs for other I & C Journeymen and tradesman from other work groups.

Assists in TRAINING and EVALUATION OF NEW I & C Journeymen in progression.

  • ACTS as a WORK PLANNER. As a work planner, utilizes the work control software to prepare work requests and work packages. This includes referring to relevant technical sources, i.e. prints, diagrams, procedures, vendor manuals, engineering documents, etc. Responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the work control program are included in said work packages, including plant impact statements, relevant reactor and industrial safety information, cautions and warnings, and other information necessary to provide proper and thorough guidance and documentation for maintenance work done.

-AUTHORS, EDITS, and provides TECHNICAL REVIEW of I&C related procedures and work documents. This work requires extensive knowledge of the plant operating license, technical specifications, and other rules and regulations pertaining to procedural guidelines.

  • PERFORMS Surveillance on Plant Instrumentation, which verifies that systems and/or components function as designed/required by the Technical Specifications.

-OPERATES man lifts, stake trucks, bucket trucks, and other company vehicles as required.

  • ADVISES on the tagging of control equipment to protect personnel, to prevent damage to instruments or accidental outages or major equipment.

  • As required, BUILDS and INSTALLS test set-ups including pressure, flow and temperature transmitters, indicating and recording devices.

  • FABRICATES and INSTALLS thermocouples needed for tests and temperature measurements. PERFORMS or ASSISTS in special and routine tests.

  • MAINTAINS records of repairs, instrument calibration data, and ordering of spare parts. PREPARES lists of parts and materials.

  • INTERPRETS blueprints, engineering instructions, drawings, diagrams, schematics, computerized information system, vendor instruction manuals and USES charts, curves, tables, graphs, mathematics, etc., in instrument calibration. As directed, PREPARES calibration and other procedures.

-INITIATES requests for work on instrument and control equipment. ASSEMBLES and VERIFIES completeness of work packages.

-USES chemicals such as chlorine, acids, caustics, hydrogen, ammonia, hydrazine, carbon dioxide, oxygen, etc., when servicing equipment.



-Must have a High School Diploma or GED and satisfactorily completed two years of formal course work containing topics commonly found in High School College prep courses in Algebra and Physics or similar course work. Satisfactory completion of the Power Generation Organizational Unit requirements for Steam and Basic Electricity courses will be accepted in place of the Physics requirement. (Documentation of these courses will be required prior to final selection decision).

  • Must be an Instrument and Control Tech A or have at least four and one half years of equivalent instrument and control experience including two years of process controls systems experience.


-A minimum of six years’ military training and technician experience, and be qualified to perform

Instrumentation and Control functions.

  • Must have an Electrical Certificate or pass the Achievement Test in Basic Electricity (ATIBE) to obtain the electrical certificate within six months of starting the job.

  • Must take the Power Plant Maintenance Selection System (MASS) test and attain a Recommended score. (Exception: You will not be required to take the MASS test if you are an incumbent and/or changing location, or have previously taken and passed the test at the same or higher score.)

  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts and weekends as assigned.

  • If applicable, must successfully complete an 8-10week training course at the Training and Development Center which will be your assigned location throughout the training period.

  • Skills demonstration may be required for those outside of the 223 Power Generation Bargaining Unit.

Job: Fossil Fuel Generation Operations & Maintenance

Title: Instrument & Control Technician A (Various Fossil Generation Power Plant Locations)

Primary Location: Michigan-Detroit

Requisition ID: 09854