Plant Operator II


Job title: Plant Operator II

Company: DTE Energy

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Plant Operator II


Grand Cane, LA, US

Company: DTE Gas Enterprises, LLC

Job ID: 5315

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

Job Summary

Day to day operations and maintenance of natural gas facility and gathering system.

Key Accountabilities

A Plant Operator II should be able to perform many of the following at an intermediate level:

  • Assumes the responsibility of operating natural gas pipeline associated equipment such as reciprocating natural gas compressors, dehydrators, treating equipment, fluid separating equipment, valves, gas/liquid measurement equipment, pumps, etc. Operating the equipment and system may include, but is not limited to:

o Start-up/shutdown of equipment
o Adjusting controls to bring equipment into recommended or prescribed operating ranges
o Visually inspecting equipment and controls at periodic intervals to detect malfunctions or need for repair, adjustment, or lubrication
o De-pressuring equipment and pipelines
o Purging/pressurizing equipment and pipelines
o Performing gas leakage surveys
o Locating and marking underground pipelines and monitor construction activity along the ROW
o Operating valves

  • Implements safe work practices and a proactive safety culture while ensuring safety for the employee, the public, and the environment at all times.
  • Keeps Gas Control advised of any operational changes to the pipeline or equipment, as well as, any safety related conditions.
  • Ensures regulatory compliance and record keeping requirements are met and continually monitored. The regulations include but are not limited to the Department of Transportation, Railroad Commission, and Operator Qualification plans.
  • Reads, monitors, and records various conditions such as pressures, temperatures, hours of operation, fuel consumed, water levels, and monitors gauges.
  • Performs minor maintenance on equipment, including but not limited to, reciprocating natural gas compressors, dehydrators, fluid separating equipment, valves, pumps, etc. Performing minor maintenance on the equipment and system may also include, but is not limited to:

o Monitoring, removing and replacing filters, oil, chemicals, and other lubricating fluids as needed
o Remove and replace gaskets as needed
o Remove and replace valves if necessary
o Install plugs as necessary
o Change gauges
o Maintain sites in clean condition including picking up trash, taking out trash, controlling weeds, minor painting, etc.
o Clean out sight glasses as necessary
o Change out suction/discharge valves on compressors
o Change out light bulbs or fuses

  • Continually meeting the demands and improving upon the needs of our customers.
  • Establishes and maintains a near perfect driving record.
  • Directs and supervises contract labor involved in facility maintenance activities.
  • Collaborates well with direct supervisor on new and improved ideas associated with an always changing pipeline system.
  • Establish and maintain professional, effective working relationships with co-workers, subordinates (if any) and company officers and managers, clients, vendors, and suppliers.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, including the ability to recognize situations in which confidentiality is required.
  • Performs special projects and other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

High School diploma or equivalent and at least four least years of experience in natural gas processing, compression and/or pipeline experience

Other Qualifications

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to function autonomously
  • Thorough knowledge of O&M manual
  • Demonstrated ability to lead or participate in work crews
  • Demonstrated ability to special projects
  • Use experience to recommend solutions to operational problems
  • Recommend improvements for operational efficiency
  • Emergency response: Provide incident command support to emergency responders, lead mock and table top exercises
  • High integrity and self-motivated
  • Excellent vehicle driving record
  • Basic computer skills
  • Good communication, problem solving and physical perceptive skills
  • Must be able to work and perform without close supervision
  • Team player
  • Maintain OQ qualification of all tasks
  • Ability to start and stop equipment
  • Ability to read and interpret P&ID
  • Interact with contractors and customers both internal and external

Physical Demands
The physical demands characterized in the attached essential and marginal job functions 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 is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to reach with hands and arms above his head as well as stoop and kneel to reach items below his normal reach.
  • The employee is frequently required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to use sense of smell.
  • Performs minor maintenance as necessary with medium to heavy lifting requirements. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus.
  • On the spot decision making required in stressful situations.

Working Conditions

  • Works unsupervised in field operations and works alone 90% of the time.
  • Works in all types of weather.
  • Available 24 hours per day for on-call and emergency situations.
  • Must be able to remain calm and focused during emergency situations.
  • Requires excellent driving skills and driving record.
  • Frequently be exposed to work near moving mechanical parts.
  • Work in high, precarious places
  • Work near toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); fumes or airborne particles; risk of electrical shock and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment may be above 90 dB.

Additional Information

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.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

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Location: Grand Cane, LA

Job date: Sun, 18 Oct 2020 03:31:19 GMT

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