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DTE Energy System Supervisor I in Detroit, Michigan

System Supervisor I


Detroit, MI, US

Company: DTE Electric Company

Job ID: 6025

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 different 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 consecutive 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

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.

Testing Required :EEI SOPD II Test

Job Summary

In normal or emergency conditions, takes or directs those actions necessary to ensure the stable and reliable operation of the electric system at one of three primary positions in DTE SOC, (accountabilities include the interruption or restoration of service to customers).

Key Accountabilities

  • Primary system supervisor positions include 1) Distribution 2) Subtransmission and 3) Bulk Electric System Power Switcher (BPS).

  • Maintains a certification at one or more primary certification positions after initial training period. (When operating at the BPS position, accountabilities also include independently interrupting firm load as necessary to maintain the reliability of the Bulk Electric System, and maintaining a valid NERC System Operator Certification).

  • Periodic rotation of performing in the role of Dispatch Supervisor.

  • Responsible for complying with all NERC cyber and reliability standards.

  • Conducts network security studies to assess the impact of network and generation changes on system security.

  • Interacts with various internal, private and governmental organizations to develop procedures and coordinate the activities of a multi-skilled work force engaged in the restoration of customer service.

  • Responsible for inspections, approvals and commissioning/decommissioning of all system equipment.

  • Direct switching and protective tagging on equipment in power plants, interconnections, transmission and distribution stations/substations, industrial substations, primary customers, overhead and underground circuits.

  • Monitors power system security and takes action to maintain secure electrical networks at all voltage levels.

  • Prevents and corrects voltage and security violations by re-dispatching generation, controlling loads and other system resources.

  • Develops, evaluates and implements strategy to restore internal or inter-company transmission/sub transmission/distribution paths in a safe manner, which also maintains service to as many customers as possible.

  • Analyzes requests for shutdowns and coordinates with requests from various work groups taking primary customer production schedules, equipment load ability, and costs into consideration.

  • Coordinates various work groups to manage goals, measures, targets and budgets. Including setting work priorities for field groups and authorizing/requiring over-time with independent judgment.

  • Administers union contracts and coordinates work rules and practices of the different local unions in the maintenance and operation of the electrical system.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and 3 years of job-relevant operating experience, inclusive of completion of a basic electricity course; OR

  • Associate degree or above in a technical disclipine or equivalent and 1 year of job-relevant operating experience, inclusive of completion of a basic electricity course

  • Note: Job-relevant operating experience is experience in roles such as an operating engineer, electric control room operator, power plant operator, air traffic controller, electrician, maintenance technician, instrument technician, electric utility operating agent, electrical testing technician, skill trade candidate with electrical emphasis or roles with similar operating experience with life critical operating tasks such as switching and tagging on an electrical system. Supervisory experience of any of the roles or tasks above will be considered job relevant operating experience.

Other Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree

  • Experience with OSHA Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) procedures

Other Requirements

  • Must complete a Certification Program for a primary DTE SOC System Supervisor position within the initial training period, including red tag qualification as a part of the certification program.

  • Supervisory Profile Record test results will be considered in final selection.

  • System Operator/Power Dispatcher test ("Acceptable" grade).

  • Working knowledge of Corporate Policies/Procedures to include Absence and Pay practices.

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.