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DTE Energy Environmental Engineer in River Rouge, Michigan

Environmental Engineer


River Rouge, MI, US

Company: DTE Energy Resources, LLC

Job ID: 12103

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.

Job Summary

Location: Detroit, MI

This engineering position is responsible for supporting development and asset management groups by responding to phone or drop-in inquiries regarding interpretation of regulations and other compliance-related needs. This position also represents the company through interaction with environmental regulatory agencies to obtain air, water supply, water discharge, and other necessary permits as well as assisting with the management of company assets to maintain compliance with those permits and all federal, state, and local environmental regulations. Work involves performing difficult and complex services requiring a high level of independent judgement, initiative, and discretion. Work is mainly self-directed, with work results reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to policies and procedures.

Key Accountabilities

  • Supervises professional and technical consultants

  • Provides guidelines, training presentations, and operational assistance to plant staff

  • Provides technical and strategic input for DTE Vantage environmental programs

  • Develops and implements environmental related initiatives

  • Conducts plant audits to assess compliance with regulations and DTE Vantage expectations

  • Strong working knowledge of regulatory requirements associated with utility assets

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an engineering or environmental science related field

  • At least four years of relevant experience managing environmental compliance activities and/or permit development

Other Qualifications


  • Knowledge of the regulatory process, plant operations, pollution control equipment design, and function

  • Ability to identify, define, investigate, and assess environmental problems

  • Knowledge of environmental assessments and due diligence activities

  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making skills

  • Ability to research and interpret environmental regulations for permitting and compliance strategy development

  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate environmental regulations to all levels of staff and management

  • Ability to effectively relate environmental procedures to the work force

  • Working knowledge of MS applications, including Word and Excel, in a Windows environment

  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong communication and presentation skills

  • Proven ability to take projects from start to finish without significant supervision

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, coworkers, management, governmental agencies, and the general public

  • Ability to function within a matrix organization in which functional and business leaders have equal authority within the organization and employees report to both a functional leader and a business leader

  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with both a functional and a business leader, who collaborate on employee issues and decisions (including performance management, compensation, and development)

Physical Demands & Working Conditions

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 required to:

  • Occasionally stand or walk and stoop or kneel. Frequently, the employee is required to sit

  • Talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use wrists, hands and/or fingers in a repetitive motion; and reach with hands and arms extensively

  • Occasionally lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight

  • Use computers with exposure to video display terminals; and some repetitive motion associated with data entry, the use of a computer mouse, and while using other office equipment

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

The employee may perform job duties in a work from home capacity, and/or from a climate-controlled office environment, with a moderate noise level, where noise levels and environmental conditions may vary when outside of the office area. While at the plant, the employee may be exposed to outside weather conditions, including cold/hot, windy, wet and/or humid conditions, and may work near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes, vapors, and/or airborne particles and vibration.

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.