DTE Energy Staff Engineer - IRP in Detroit, Michigan

Job Description

Staff Engineer - IRP-10395

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:

This position will support the IRP & Modeling group of the Electric Business Planning & Development department. This team provides long-term strategy development, analysis and planning for DTE Electric including five-year strategic plans, long-term integrated resource plans, operational plans and environmental strategy. In providing these services, this team works closely with the power generation, electric distribution and marketing business units of DTE Electric, as well as DTE Energy Corporate groups such as Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Community and Government Affairs, Controllers and Treasury.

Intermediate-level (bachelor’s degree) engineer, responsible for independently evaluating, selecting and applying standard engineering techniques, procedures and criteria; uses judgment in applying or recommending adaptations and modifications. Typically receives guidance from more senior- or ‘lead-type’ engineers, particularly regarding unusual or more complex problems; may consult other engineers or specialists concerning unusual problems and developments. Incumbents continue to develop subject matter expertise – frequently in a specific area(s) – playing a more independent role in the development of recommendations regarding more complex engineering objectives. Work is reviewed for accuracy, compliance, and the quality of the incumbent’s professional judgment. Primary accountabilities may vary (depending on the discipline or organization). Span of control = 0; this is an individual contributor job, although incumbent’s may play a role in coordinating and assisting entry-level engineers’ activities.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Investigates new technology, material and equipment, with application to safety, electrical system reliability, performance and cost.

  • Renders sound engineering decisions - under potential time constraints – with limited supervisory input.

  • Provides engineering input in process & continuous improvement teams & initiatives.

  • Performs assigned engineering studies, proposing solutions to engineering-related problems; develops models and analyzes data to support improvement programs, techniques and solutions; makes or assists in presentations of engineering-related projects to all levels of management and external parties (contractors, customers, etc.)

  • Prepares plans, specifications, work instructions and cost estimates for projects requiring engineering services.

  • May perform load studies and prepare forecasts as required for electrical system planning and budget preparation.

  • Initiates new ideas and approaches; challenges prevailing practices & approaches with reasonably sound alternatives.


Minimum: Bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering technology; and the knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through 3-plus years of job-relevant experience. May require initial and/or periodic drug or fitness-for-duty testing, and the ability to report to different locations; incumbents are responsible for their own transportation.

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical, civil, or other engineering discipline dictated by the given functional area. Proficient in computer applications/software applicable to the relevant area/discipline.

Preferred: Computer modeling experience.

  • Proficient verbal, written and presentation skills; communicates clearly, with credibility and confidence; extensive ‘active listening’ skills.

  • Analytical & problem-solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives, and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.

  • Broad understanding of power generation, transmission, distribution and regional power dispatch issues.

  • Ability to work in a team and/or matrix structure, supporting multiple clients.

  • Flexibility and the ability to work with shifting priorities; embrace new/evolving responsibilities; balances multiple demands from superiors, peers or less experienced engineering personnel in a positive and even-handed fashion; displays a calm demeanor under pressure.

  • Competent in “multi-tasking” (i.e. the ability to prioritize multiple tasks, issues or projects that may include high-visibility initiatives and require innovation, teamwork & planning).

  • Initiates new ideas and approaches; challenges prevailing practices and approaches with reasonably sound alternatives.

  • Evolving organization and planning skills and the ability to apply project planning and implementation and/or continuous improvement (CI) principles to affect tangible, positive outcomes.

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize varying combinations of the competencies cited in the description, depending on the organization & role to which they’re assigned. The description’s intended to describe the general nature & level of work being performed by incumbents in the job; it isn’t intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the any management representative in assigning, directing & controlling employees’ work.

Job: Engineering

Title: Staff Engineer - IRP

Primary Location: Michigan-Detroit

Requisition ID: 10395