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Engineer, Continuous Improvement


Ann Arbor, MI, US

Company:  DTE Energy Resources, LLC
Job ID:  2982

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

This position works across business units (BUs) as well as with all levels of the BU to execute high leverage technical projects in pursuit of operational excellence.  This position is responsible for project identification, scope and assessment to lead engineering; including the identification, collection, organization, analysis and interpretation of data to facilitate data driven decisions throughout the BUs. Work requiring a high level of independent judgment, initiative and discretion. Work is mainly self-directed in collaboration with the CI and/or BU Lead, with work results reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to policies and procedures.

Key Accountabilities
  • Leads high-impact cross-functional technical projects and business-wide improvement initiatives.
  • Provides support for the BUs during project selection, scoping, and implementation to ensure effective application of engineering solutions to achieve business goals.
  • Ensures effective and timely communication with all stakeholders throughout the BU on the status of project(s).
  • Perform material balances, heat balances and develop understanding of chemical reactions to research and develop technical solutions to address business challenges in support of operations and environmental compliance as well as new development opportunities.
  • Identifies gaps in the BU’s performance and develops and collaborates to provide cost effective engineering solutions.
  • Provides engineering expertise for the BUs project portfolio through identification, collection, organization, analysis, interpretation of data and execution of projects.
  • Identifies, recommends, and shares engineering best practices to facilitate effective solutions and methods that will improve BU/Site performance.
  • Evaluates design solutions for feasibility and cost benefit to recommend best in class technical solutions for current operations, redesign opportunities or green field development.
  • Documents research findings and communicate to operations to ensure project deliverables are sustainable with critical operating characteristics identified and controlled.
  • Participates in a minimum of one professional organization and presents technical paper(s) to industry organization.
  • Travel is required for up to 50% of the time. 
  • Identifies and develops business opportunities that align with enterprise priorities; provides technical guidance to leadership relative to operational performance and key operational metrics.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical) and two years of industry experience, including implementation experience in Lean, Six Sigma, or other performance operating systems and a working knowledge of process variability reduction (Six Sigma) and waste reduction (Lean) principles are required to provide for the following:
Other Qualifications


  • Lean / Six Sigma Black Belt certification

Other Requirements:

  • Scientific mind and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated research skills.
  • Ability to capture and analyze process variation to isolate potential root causes.
  • Ability to apply known technology in new situations to improve process performance.
  • Must be a strong facilitator, with the ability to influence, negotiate and resolve issues to reach consensus and common goals with a project team.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Ability to lead and develop projects/programs and contribute to the development and application of new process technology.
  • Strong organizational learning and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and drive aggressive project timelines.
  • Working knowledge of process design and data analysis software (i.e. Mini-Tab).
  • Travel in order to meet duties/responsibilities, including overnight travel up to 50%, is required.
  • Accountable for execution of business processes according to standard.
  • Accountable for improvement activities in pursuit of Operational Excellence.
  • Ability to collect, organize, and analyze data to facilitate data driven decisions.
  • Practical experience utilizing root cause analysis tools and problem solving with the scientific method.
  • Practical experience at identifying and sharing critical information / learning in a timely manner.


  • The physical demands characterized in the attached essential and marginal job functions 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.
  • Please reference the essential and marginal job functions (general office) for this position.


  • The employee performs job duties in a climate controlled office environment and in 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 noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office, but may become loud at the plant site.


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.



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