DTE Energy Control Room Operator in   Woodland, California

Shift Supervisor

Location: Woodland, CA


The person holding this position is responsible during his/her shift for all personnel and equipment involved in the production of steam and electricity and reports directly to the Operations Manager. He or she plans, coordinates, supervises, monitors, and controls all on-shift operations. As the senior individual on duty, he or she has the responsibility and authority to take whatever actions may be necessary to protect people, the environment and equipment.


  • 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.

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

  • Plans, directs and performs housekeeping duties. Ensures housekeeping standards are maintained or initiates corrective action, as required.

  • Makes all required operational reports to Regional reliability Coordinator, Transmission Operator, and Balancing Authority.

  • Assists the Operations Manager in facets of department administration and power plant management. Maintains administrative documents, preparation, justification and control of annual operations and maintenance budgets. Generates reports and initiates action to replenish consumables.

  • Provides advice and counsel to the Operations Manager regarding the technical and administrative conduct of shift operations.

  • Monitors planned daily operations schedule.

  • Assists in the orientation, training, development, selection process for new employees and promotions, and assures high work quality of SPO Technicians.

  • Serves as the site representative after normal hours.

  • Plans, directs, and supervises 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 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 to work rotating shift schedules, performs tasks that require physical exertion and is expected to occasionally respond to off-hour call-ins when required.

  • 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.

  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


A high school diploma, GED, or vocational school diploma with the ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English and perform mathematical calculations. A minimum of five (5) years of power plant experience in operations and/or maintenance is required. Experience as a qualified Control Room Operator (CRO) preferred but, not mandatory. Technical training and demonstrated ability to perform successfully in similar work environments preferred to provide the following

  • 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.

  • Knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office products, especially Word and Excel.

  • Functional knowledge of subordinate and peer duties and responsibilities.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Well-developed skills 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.

In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: stand, walk or climb and stoop or kneel. 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 10 pounds in weight. Occasionally the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 40 pounds in weight. In addition, the employee will push or pull up to 70 pounds in weight occasionally.

This position may require the use of various respirators, a Pulmonary Function Test, and Respirator Fit test is required.

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


While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work both in a business office setting, as well as outside in the plant. In the course of working out in the plant, the employee is occasionally 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 out in the plant.

  • 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: 19730