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Engineer - Principal Specialist: NERC Compliance


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  4862

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.

Testing Required: N/A

Job Summary
    Advanced level engineer responsible for planning and conducting complex engineering related activities requiring the use of innovative techniques and the extension of theories. Applies thorough and diversified knowledge of engineering or scientific principles and practice in broad areas of assignment. Recognized for their expertise in a given specialty area or discipline. Incumbent makes decisions independently and represents the Business Unit in resolving important engineering related questions. Builds and maintains effective relationships with key internal and/or external decision makers.
Key Accountabilities
  • Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering and scientific principles and practices in broad areas of assignments.
  • Leads the development and execution of large or complex engineering projects.
  • Establishes and reviews test procedures; uses engineering expertise to determine when new or alternative technology, processes, and materials may be advantageous, and promotes their adoption and application.
  • Conducts multifaceted technical investigations. Understands and resolves complex issues that are unclearly defined.
  • Conducts studies and analyses in the resolution of engineering- related issues; may develop or update engineering standards and practices.
  • Creates documentation and communication for project progress or results.
  • Researches, analyzes, recommends, and implements new engineering practices to improve medium term business operations and goals.
  • Serves as a skilled resource for less experienced engineers; provides analysis and recommendations on cross functional projects.
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology and a minimum of 8 years of job relevant experience

Other Requirements: 

  • Proficiency in computer applications relevant for field
  • Advanced analytical and problemsolving skills
  • Welldeveloped planning and continuous improvement skills
  • Strong time management, prioritization, and organization skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Ability to lead cross functional teams
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with Power System Protection & Control.
  • Experience with Distribution, Transmission, & Generator Relays.
  • Experience with Relay schemes & equipment.
  • Experience with NERC Operations and Planning (693) Standards, primarily, Protection & Control (PRC) standards.
  • Comfortable ensuring timely completion of all compliance deliverables as required by the NERC Reliability standards.
  • Ability to perform in-depth reviews of business unit processes, procedures, and related controls to determine the effectiveness of reliability standards adherence and compliance practices.
  • Ability to prepare, coordinate, and support compliance audits conducted by internal and/or external resources.
  • Familiarity with NERC reliability standards, NERC topics, current industry trends, and alerts to ensure compliance.
  • Ability to carry out complex projects and assignments independently.
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