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Principal Pipeline Engineer


Canonsburg, PA, US

Company:  DTE Gas Enterprises, LLC
Job ID:  4261

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

Applies expert level knowledge of engineering principles and practices in diverse areas of assignment. Makes decisions on engineering problems and methods.  Represents the department to resolve important questions. Requires the use of advanced techniques and the modification and extension of theories, precepts, and practices of own field and related sciences or disciplines, including practical field experience. Handles assignments concerning unusual problems and/or developments.


Key Accountabilities
  • Applies expert level knowledge and background of engineering principles to transmission and gathering pipeline industry
  • Develops, coordinates, and directs critical projects or field engineering assignments that are large and/or complex
  • Provide analysis, design, specification and cost estimates for jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional natural gas gathering and transmission systems
  • Develop scope of work, manage bid process and pipeline design/construction
  • Review and assess new technology, processes, materials and equipment
  • Frame engineering/operational problems and propose solutions
  • Monitor and support engineering related activities as related to field construction projects
  • Monitor system performance and prepare long and short-term facility plans including costs
  • Must be able to make sound engineering decisions under limited time constraints
  • Initiates or performs engineering studies, proposing solutions or recommending alternatives
  • Prepare written procedures to facilitate construction, maintenance, pipeline integrity assessments and operation of gas transmission and gathering systems
  • Provide technical support to field as needed
  • Prepare and present technical reports on projects
  • Contribute to the development of the budget and containment of project costs
  • Conduct studies and analyses to assist in the resolution of engineering-related issues; will assist with developing engineering standards and practices
  • Leads or plays a key role in Continuous Improvement (CI) training and apply CI tools and methodologies to improve output of job assignments and work processes
  • Mentors and provides guidance/direction for less experienced personnel
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in Engineering and minimum 10 years of job related experience is required. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license, and meet company-driving standards to provide for the following:


  • Gathering and transmission pipeline design and/or pipeline integrity management experience required
  • Professional Engineer license and/or Master’s Degree are preferred
  • Expert level knowledge of design, installation and commissioning of gas pipeline system including gathering and transmission pipelines, gas/liquid separation, heating and flow/pressure regulation, measurement and odorization
  • Expert level knowledge of planning and execution of pipeline integrity management tasks including ILI and DA, pipeline remediation, threat identification, risk assessment and records management
  • Expert level knowledge of industry codes and standards including applicable Federal, State, and local regulations, laws, and codes, ASME Piping Codes, National Electric Code, CFR 192, DOT, and PHMSA rules and regulations.
  • Strong analytical, planning, organization, time management and problem solving skills
  • Experience leading cross functional teams
  • Ability to interpret blueprints/drawings/schematics and other engineering documents
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with people at all levels both within and outside the company.
  • Proficiency in computer applications applicable to specific work field/discipline including Excel, Word, Visio and Access database
  • Effective in self-management of time with a demonstrated personal commitment to work
  • Practice the corporate core values of Integrity, Respect, Learning, Safety, Business Success and Customer Service
Other Qualifications



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/move objects of up to 25 pounds in weight. Vision requirements for this position include close 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 project site. In the course of working at the project site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including cold/hot, wet and/or humid conditions, and may work near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration (see physical requirements above). The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office, but may become loud at the project 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: Pittsburgh