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Development Engineer


Ann Arbor, MI, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  2796

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 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 multiple 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

Job Summary



Location:  Ann Arbor, Michigan


This position is responsible for providing technical and other project support for either a single large project or multiple smaller projects. Duties include review of plans and specifications; answering questions related to specific aspects of a project such as scope, schedule, budget, and other requirements; monitoring and reporting of costs and project progress; and special projects as assigned.

Key Accountabilities
  • Implements large scale construction projects, preferably from the develop/owner’s perspective
  • Performing technical due diligence activities in support of development efforts
  • Prepares and reviews engineering, procurement and construction specifications
  • Evaluates and negotiates competitive engineering, procurement and construction proposals including preparation of liquidated damage calculations
  • Reviews project documentation including technical specifications, calculations and drawings to ensure protection of owner’s technical and financial position
  • Screens projects from a technical perspective to determine project viability
  • Prepares performance test procedures and evaluation of performance test results
  • Manages outside equipment suppliers, contractors and consultants
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Engineering or equivalent discipline, with 3 or more years experience in the engineering or construction fields to include experience as a Project Engineer or Project Manager

  • Registered Professional Engineer preferred
  • Power industry experience and/or fossil power background in pulp and paper, steel or other energy intensive industry.
  • Excellent communication skills, strong presentation skills, and be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels in a teamwork-based environment.
  • Cogeneration experience with engines and gas turbines and power cycles such as Simple, Combined and Rankine.
Other Qualifications
  • Able to develop cost estimates, manage budgets, project costs and scheduling and maintain relationships with suppliers, contractors, equipment vendors, engineering firms, contractors and DTE Energy Services customers
  • Working knowledge of equipment such as gas turbines, steam turbines, reciprocating engines, boilers, condensers, fans, heat exchangers, compressors, chillers, piping and valves. Understanding of electrical distribution equipment such as switchgear, transformers, and MCC’s
  • Able to provide functional engineering support to projects from start to finish without a significant level of supervision
  • Working knowledge of computer applications, including Word and Excel, in a Windows environment
  • Energy consumption and power cycle modeling experience
  • Demonstrates strong working knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures related to the engineering and construction industries
  • Uses knowledge to influence and direct project outcome
  • Challenges status quo in new ways to solve discipline specific problems
  • Requires minimal supervision of a project manager or director
  • 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 business leader, who collaborate on employee issues and decisions (including performance management, compensation and development)
Additional Information


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 occasionally required to: stand or walk and stoop or kneel. Frequently, the employee is required to sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.


The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight. Occasionally the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 25 pounds in weight.


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




While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a business office setting and at a plant site. In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and may work near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The employee is occasionally exposed fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office,but may become loud at the plant site.



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.



Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit