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DTE Energy Senior Project Engineer (ESO Capital Projects) in Monroe, Michigan

Senior Project Engineer (ESO Capital Projects)


Monroe, MI, US

Company: DTE Electric Company

Job ID: 12164

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.

But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities. When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing. Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Testing Required: Not Applicable

Hybrid Role: Must be able to come on-site periodically and reside a commutable distance from the assigned work location.

Emergency Response: Yes – Must be available to perform a primary assignment in support of DTE’s emergency response to storms or other events that impact service to our customers.

Job Summary

Manages the development of projects designed in teams to support large capital and major maintenance modification projects across the Enterprise. Responsible for managing one or more projects within the constraints of scope, quality, time, and cost to deliver products to specified engineered requirements and meet customer satisfaction. The complexity and logistics of these projects include budgets typically valued at $20-$180 Million. Complexity is in reference to the many interfaces each project may include; civil engineering, structure modifications, plant control systems (which regulate mechanical systems), cost systems, traffic logistics, and water reverse osmosis. Span of control =0; this is an individual contributor job.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provides engineering leadership to multiple intermediate-to-large sized capital projects and/or multiple small projects; leads an engineering team consisting of a Scheduler, Planner, Project Sponsor, technical and administrative personnel.

  • Primary liaison for Major Enterprise Projects organization to address issues and primary interface to resolve engineering design problems including civil, structural, environmental, air & water, mechanical, and electrical engineering.

  • Manages the design development of a construction, renovation, alteration or maintenance project from the Conceptual Phase prior to PAT Level-I approval (receiving budget and approval) through to the completion of installation, testing and commissioning into service, which includes scope, budget, quality and schedule controls.

  • Ensures all project requirements and/or objectives are properly documented in the Executive Summary/scope document and vigorously pursued via regular reporting, forecasting final testing, reviews and audits within Project Management, thus implementing improvements in a timely manner.

  • Manages communication and risk management planning, preliminary schedule development, scope development, and information distribution to secure engineering support compliance with safety, environmental and other regulatory requirements. Also provide certified drawings for permits.

  • Manages engineering costs and project scope change control of engineering activities throughout the life cycle of a project. Authorize conceptual scope review, definition and forecasts, obtain PAT Level-I approvals and support Project Managers in obtaining additional APT approvals for all assigned projects.

  • Manages the design specifications and procurement of long-lead time or engineering design equipment and materials to provide daily management of all of aspects of design including: estimating of design, estimating and scheduling activities working with design engineering, contractors, and/or vendors. Executes duties as contract administer for A/E, long-lead delivery and engineered items.

  • Integrates project design and initial construction plans with Supply Chain, Client and Project Manager to ensure coordination between engineering, procurement and construction.

  • Provides technical support to the Manager Project Engineering Major Capital.

  • Collaborates with Sr. Analyst Document Control to ensure all engineering documentation is updated and accurate for all new construction and as-builds.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, engineering technology, or select physical sciences/math and the knowledge and capabilities typically acquired through 7+ years of job-relevant experience, inclusive of project management and service agreement, safety, jurisdiction, maintenance and project issue experience with engineering contractors.

Other Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Electric Engineering

  • Electrical and/or controls project experience

  • Project and or outage management in a power plant environment

  • PMP/PMI certification from the Project Management Institute

  • Professional Engineer License from the State of Michigan.

Other Requirements

  • Proficient verbal (and nonverbal), written and presentation skills; communicates clearly, with credibility and confidence.

  • Written and verbal communication and advocacy skills consistent with the ability to present results of projects and research to all levels of the business unit and engage in persuasive written and verbal interaction.

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

  • Ability to develop/coordinate cross-functional work groups and projects, yielding optimal outcomes.

  • Business and management acumen extending beyond the incumbent's specific job, enabling him to proffer valuable insights, recommendations or challenges to policies, procedures and practices extending beyond the immediate scope of his job (this level of insight or expertise is typically not attained without several years of experience, regardless of the level of educational attainment).

  • 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, procedures and policy.

  • Ability to conduct efficacious meetings and manage the meeting process with optimal results.

  • Copes with multiple demands from superiors and peers in a positive and even-handed fashion; displays a calm demeanor under pressure.

  • Competent in multitasking (i.e the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, issues or projects that may include high visibility initiatives and require innovation, teamwork and planning).

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.

At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that 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.