Share this Job

Interconnection - Engineer Specialist


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  2088

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 different 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 consecutive 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

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.


External Pre-Hire Assessment Required: Professional Pre-Hire Assessment
Testing Required:
Not Applicable



Job Summary

As an Electrical Engineer assigned to this project, you will be part of this dynamic transformation that will position our power distribution system to support distributed generation that connects with cleaner energy sources like wind power, solar, and natural gas generation. This transformation will include storage, and electric vehicles.

Key Accountabilities
  • Subject Matter Expert in Distributed Energy Resources, specifically utility integration of Distribution Generation and storage
  • Review all interconnection study protection design, communication and controls including final approval of all 3rd party developer and DTE contractor protection calculations, settings, configurations and methods.
  • Develop internal technical standards on testing, commissioning and standardization of Distributed Energy Resources and Non-Wire Alternatives.
  • Active participation in local and state requirements for interconnections, relevant Industry working groups and maintaining a high level of technical acumen on emerging technologies and their application, specifically participation and working knowledge in IEEE1547-2018 and related standards (e.g. 1547.1, IEEE 2030 series standards, ANSI (Associated Electric Systems Interface), IEEEE 519 Harmonics
  • Communication skills are very important, act as an expert technical witness providing written and verbal testimony, whitepapers.
  • Facilitate training and knowledge sharing of key interconnection and distributed resources topics and collaborate with other technical experts in the field to ensure industry best practices are being used.
  • Collaborate with DTE engineers to ensure compliance of DER projects to technical standards.
  • Act as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the integration of power electronics, inverters and storage into DTE’s electrical system.
  • This position will also provide technical guidance and support to various pilot projects relating to Distributed Energy Resources and Non-Wire Alternatives, including design, experimentation, implementation and testing of new methods and equipment in the lab environment and field pilots.
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
  • Minimum: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology and a minimum of 8 years of job relevant experience
Other Qualifications
  • Significant practical utility experience in integration of generation, protection, controls and interoperability at medium and high voltage
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electrical Engineering
  • Knowledge of PowerClerk, CYME, PSS/E, EPRI DRIVE, and Maximo
  • PE license
  • Detailed working knowledge of protection theory for Distributed Energy Resources and microgrids and understanding protocols, communications and interoperability of DER
  • History of active participation in IEEE PES standards activities is a plus
  • Technical expertise in utility power electronics including but not limited to, inverters and energy storage.
  • Proficiency in computer applications relevant for field advanced analytical and problem solving skills, well developed planning and continuous improvement skills
  • Strong time management, prioritization, and organization skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Ability to lead cross functional teams
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.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit