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Engineer - Principal - Transmission Planning - DTE Electric


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  10112

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

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.


Transmission Planning Specific:

Provide technical oversight and strategy execution for long and short-term transmission projects and requests.  Projects include transmission interconnections to lower voltage distribution systems as well as interconnections to traditional fossil generation and renewable generating sources.  Must be able to model system changes and impacts while evaluating the cost-benefit of system reliability.  Requires an understanding in electrical Distribution, Sub-transmission & Transmission systems Planning and how the systems are interconnected.  Requires an understanding of both fossil and renewable generation and how these units impact Transmission Planning.  The position will also act as a direct liaison with ITC Southeast Michigan Transmission Planning team, as well as work closely with MISO both on normal data/model requests and participate as a stakeholder in the MTEP process. 

Job Summary

Senior-level engineer responsible for planning and conducting intermediate to more complex engineering-related activities requiring the use of creative techniques, as well as application of thorough knowledge of engineering or scientific principles and practice in multiple areas. Incumbents have the authority to makes decisions on engineering problems and methods applicable to the resolution of important issues, which may be complex at times. Participates on and leads teams, as well as develops effective relationships with key decision-makers, as needed.

Key Accountabilities


  • Applies strong knowledge and background of engineering and scientific principles and practices in a variety of assignments.
  • Develops, coordinates, and directs critical projects or field engineering assignments that are large or complex.
  • Leads or plays key role on process improvement teams.
  • Initiates or performs engineering studies, proposing solutions or recommending alternatives.
  • Develops presentations of engineering-related projects to stakeholders.
  • Develops models and analyzes data to support improvement programs, techniques and solutions.
  • Conducts studies and analyses to assist in the resolution of engineering-related issues; may assist with developing engineering standards and practices.
  • Mentors and provides guidance/direction for less experienced engineers.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology and a minimum of 6 years of job-relevant experience

Other Qualifications


  • Proficient in PSSE/TARA/Python/TSAT (dynamic modeling)
  • Relay and protection experience 
  • Previous experience with MISO including the MTEP process & generation interconnection process
  • Advance level of knowledge in Distribution & Transmission system Planning
  • Exhibits ability to work and develop solutions/recommendations independently
  • Master's Degree in Engineering or job-relevant discipline


Other Requirements

  • Proficiency in computer applications relevant for field
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Developed planning and continuous improvement skills
  • Strong time management, prioritization, and organization skills
  • Well-developed 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.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit