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Construction Specialist (ESO Capital Projects)


China Twp, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  11608

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.

But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Testing Required: Not Applicable

On-Site Role: Must be available to work on-site at this assigned work location.

Emergency Response: Yes – Must be available to perform a primary assignment in support of DTE’s emergency response to storms or other events that impact service to our customers.

Job Summary

Responsible for organizing and planning in the field execution of internal reliability and construction projects.  Provides oversight on projects and key tasks for day to day planning and execution of construction projects performed by resources.  Responsible for ensuring projects are constructed in accordance with Company standards, specifications, schedules and requirements. Interfaces with non Company personnel to ensure the optimal allocation of support resources is utilized to meet project schedule objectives in a cost efficient manner.  Works directly with project managers and project engineers on constructability reviews, technical aspects of the designs, schedule objectives, project planning, safety plan development, quality plan development, and cost effective installations.   Span of control: 3-5 projects and multiple vendors per project.

Key Accountabilities

  • Reviews design/construction drawings for constructability.  Coordinate with personnel to refine construction plans and schedule to ensure they align with key objectives.  
  • Coordinates construction activities on multiple projects to avoid interferences when working in common areas and adjacent to other internal groups performing maintenance or project work; facilitates coordination (meetings, schedules, etc.) between multiple contractors.
  • Leads project safety efforts; provides direct input in the development of project specific safety plans, performs field safety observations, and immediately addresses any violations or concerns.  Reviews life critical work/tasks with craft before beginning to ensure appropriate planning, understanding, and coordination is in place to avoid any safety incidents.
  • Coordinate with engineering, subject matter experts, and project stakeholders to develop a quality plan (identify critical characteristics, hold points, acceptance testing, etc.)
  • Work with project manager to resolves escalated construction project concerns and works with appropriate parties (contractors, customers, agencies, etc.) to determine project and scheduling solutions.
  • Responsible for ensuring as built drawings are created for work installed.  Review as-builts before payment to contractor is approved.
  • Ensures that resources and workloads are balanced, ensuring that projects are appropriately planned, prioritized and executed.  Monitors productivity and work progress; implements workload adjustments if standards are not being met.
  • Works with the client/business unit partner to coordinate equipment tie-ins to existing facilities within approved schedules
  • Performs post-construction walk-downs of all systems prior to Company acceptance from Contractors.
  • Leads the timely completion of Punch List items
  • Applies and works with new construction materials, practices and technologies (as deemed appropriate for the given project.
  • Responsibility as key tag protection leader and/or job leader per applicable Corporate policy.
  • Guides the continuous improvement commitment & efforts

Other Qualifications

  • Proficiency in applicable software applications (e.g Microsoft Office, Maximo) to apply them with minimal instruction or guidance (this level of proficiency is typically attainable through 1+ year(s) of substantive application experience)
  • Experience managing multiple projects and dealing with customers.
  • Communicates effectively (verbally & in writing) with individuals at all levels, inside and outside the Company
  • 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
  • Thorough knowledge of project management concepts and processes, and project controls related to design, procurement and construction management
  • 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 outcomes
  • Deals effectively with resistance; takes positive steps to avoid the recurrence of errors through constructive critique.
  • Will be required to work overtime and, on occasion, varying shifts.
  • Ability to work in a team and/or matrix structure, supporting multiple clients.
  • Ability to conduct effective and efficient meetings with craft and facility stakeholders.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work with shifting priorities; embrace new/evolving responsibilities.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements


  • High school graduation or GED with 6 years of job relevant experience, OR
  • Associate’s degree with 4 years of job relevant experience, OR
  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 yeas of job relevant experience

Other Qualifications:

  • Certificate (i.e. the completion of a core group of program related courses designated by a duly accredited program) in a job-relevant skilled trade or completion of a skilled trade apprenticeship


  • Experience in the following trades: boilermaker, pipefitter, ironworker, millwright, electrician, controls, carpenter, welder etc.
  • 3+ years in a senior, lead-worker, project lead or supervisory capacity
  • Bachelor's degree in construction management

Additional Information

At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that 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.