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DTE Energy Interconnection Principal Engineer in Detroit, Michigan

Interconnection Principal Engineer


Detroit, MI, US

Company: DTE Electric Company

Job ID: 1623

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.

External Pre-Hire Assessment Required:Professional Pre-Hire Assessment

Testing Required:Not Applicable

Job Summary

As an Electrical Engineer assigned to this project, you will be part of this exciting transformation that will position our power distribution system to support distributed generation and electric vehicle charging that connects with cleaner energy sources like wind power, solar, and natural gas generation.

Key Accountabilities

  • Evaluate all generation and storage interconnections to the DTE electrical system for compliance to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s interconnection rules, Utility standards and industry best practices.

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

  • Initiate, Review and Approve interconnection studies and manage external service providers to remain compliant with the MPSC interconnections process; makes presentations of interconnection related projects to all levels of management & external parties (contractors, customers, etc.)

  • Evaluate Technical feasibility, compliance, Prepare plans, specifications, work instructions and cost estimates for interconnection projects requiring internal and external engineering services.

  • Communicate with Customers and Developers on the status of their interconnection and document compliance with the interconnection process including maintaining metrics and reporting for internal and regulatory reporting.

  • Coach/mentor, and provide ongoing constructive feedback to less experienced engineering & technical personnel.

  • Propose, initiate and implement electrical system field and design changes, and performance improvements.

  • Lead for continuous improvement (CI) efforts regarding interconnections processes: designing processes; establishing quality/quantity standards & metrics; collecting, refining, adapting & communicating ‘best practices’; sharing knowledge and developing staff in a systematic fashion. Uses process design outcomes to solve problems.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology and a minimum of 6 years of job relevant experience

Other Qualifications

Preferred experience in one or more of the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering


  • Distribution Engineering & Planning- Equipment Engineering- Substation Design- Sub transmission and Industrial Power Engineering & Planning- Relay Engineering (protective relaying and control)- Transmission Engineering & Planning- CYME & PSSE Modeling & Solution Development- Smart Grid

Other Requirements

  • Proficiency in computer applications relevant for field

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Developed planning and continuous improvement skills

  • Strong time management, prioritization, and organization skills

  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams

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.

Nearest Major Market:Detroit

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