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NDE Technician - Level 3


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  5519

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: Not Applicable


Job Summary

Oversees non-destructive examinations (NDE), including establishing techniques and procedures,  interpreting codes, standards, and specifications, and designating particular testing methods.   Leads complex studies and analysis related to engineering, testing, operation, and maintenance of equipment and systems. Coordinates training and examinations of lower level NDE technicians. Provides senior level guidance for technical direction, interpretation, organization, execution and coordination. Plans and develops NDE project and solutions which impact major company assets. Acts as a liaison with key engineers, scientists, and external companies. Span of control: 0; individual contributor.

Key Accountabilities

•    Develops and performs specialized NDE (Non-Destructive Examination) examinations 
•    Maintains requirements of NDE program, inclusive of conducting training and certification activities for site examinations
•    Performs engineering investigations, research, and engineering duties related to NDE as applicable to power plant operation and maintenance
•    Identifies root causes of complex and unique problems relating to equipment impacting system reliability and directs troubleshooting, data gathering and testing to provide cost effective, practical methods of solution
•    Acts independently on technical matters and maintains liaisons with experts outside the company
•    Creates specifications, performs vendor evaluations, bid reviews, and provides recommendations for the procurement of specialized equipment, systems, or services
•    Provides NDE expertise on the application of recognized Codes and Standards
•    Coordinates work of other experts, engineers and technicians as required
•    Creates, reviews, or revises major company operating documents involving NDE for equipment reliability and safety
•    Evaluates and participates in the development of new and emergent NDE technologies.  Leads the approval of new NDE products and technologies relating to company assets for possible program implementation

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

•    High school diploma with 8 years of experience in non-destructive testing and Level 3 certifications as indicated below:
•    ASNT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing) Level 3 Certification in NDE (Non-Destructive Examination) methods VT (Visual Testing), PT (Liquid Penetrant Testing), and MT (Magnetic Particle Testing)
•    Obtains ASNT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing) Level 3 certification in UT (Ultrasonic Testing) within a year of employment

Other Qualifications

•    Additional ASNT Level 3 certification in RT (Radiographic Testing), inclusive of advanced studies in NDE, welding, and/or boiler equipment
•    Associate or bachelor’s degree in engineering or science
Other Requirements 
•    Ability to write effective technical engineering reports and communicate effectively
•    Ability to apply technical and organizational expertise to perform root cause analysis
•    Ability to provide expert interpretation of applicable industry codes and standards
•    Ability to prepare and review unique analyses, special tests, or investigations, and provide recommendations to meet company goals
•    Ability to make effective presentations to management on major issues
•    Proficiency in computer applications applicable to specific field/discipline
•    Solicits input and works with industry groups on industry problems and standards

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