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Project Controls Specialist


Canonsburg, PA, US

Company:  DTE Gas Enterprises, LLC
Job ID:  655

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 growth 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


Project Controls Specialist

Canonsburg, Pennsylvania


Job Description:

This opportunity assists the project management teams by developing, monitoring and updating estimates and/or an integrated project plan and schedule so that the project may be executed in the most efficient manner possible.  Applies methods and techniques, standards, processes, procedures, guidelines and templates, to efficiently manage, develop, and control project schedules.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports project team and scheduling personnel efforts toward the development of the project plan and translating the project plan into the project schedule.
  • Develops and provides analysis of project schedules, including, as applicable, CPM software implementation, time impact and delay analysis, and review of periodic schedule updates.
  • Ensures the credibility of the information contained in the schedule.
  • Assists with the preparation of project time and/or cost claims.
  • Develops and records project historical schedule information and lessons learned.
  • Applies methodologies, techniques and tools, software, standards and guidelines for and/or planning/scheduling; knowledgeable in application of scheduling software and application of the software.
  • Ensures that required project planning/scheduling controls are appropriately implemented and maintained.
  • Participates in continuous improvement of the scheduling organization through benchmarking and maintaining affiliations with industry scheduling organizations and local/national chapters.
  • Develops master and detail schedules inclusive of major milestones, detailed WBS, assignment of costs, labor and equipment to activities, resource leveling, etc.
  • Monitors and updates schedule progress toward achieving the desired project completion date and informing management team of changes to schedule outcome.
  • Prepares and provides schedule progress reports, trending charts, and schedule analysis and reports forecasts for all significant project activities.  Analyzes the effects to the critical path activities; identifies changes to the project that affect the schedule, and develops the recovery schedules and alternate courses of action.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Business, Business Administration or a related field and the knowledge / capabilities typically acquired through three (3) years of job-relevant experience.
  • Two (2) years experience with scheduling tools, preferably Microsoft Project.
  • Current or previous natural gas midstream experience preferred.
  • May require the physical ability to work in a field pipeline environment.
  • Written and verbal communication & advocacy skills consistent with the ability to present results of projects & research, and engage in persuasive written & verbal interaction with all levels of the business unit.
  • Analytical & problem-solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives, and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.
  • Ability to develop / coordinate cross-functional work groups and projects, yielding optimal outcomes.
  • Working knowledge of financial & economic analysis, project & risk management.
  • Scheduler knowledge in design scheduling, construction scheduling, program scheduling, and cost & resource loading.  This includes developing detailed WBS, milestones, activities definition, logical sequences, durations, activity dependencies and interdependencies, and activity contingencies.  Understanding of schedule models and methods, schedule quality analysis, schedule strategy, schedule integration techniques, Monte Carlo Analysis, schedule performance analysis techniques, etc.
  • Knowledge in cost elements, cost dimensions, cost classifications, cost types (material, equipment, labor, overhead and profit), subcontract and purchased costs, pricing strategies, development of code of accounts, quantification, estimating factors, ratios and indices, product and project costs.
  • Ability to apply project planning & implementation and/or continuous improvement principles (typically acquired through several years of experience in these areas) to affect tangible, positive out-comes.
  • Promotes an atmosphere conducive to the open exchange of new ideas, and alternatives to orthodox approaches.
  • Ability to work in a ‘team’ and/or ‘matrixed’ structure, supporting multiple clients.



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