Principal Engineer - Relay Protection Performance


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  14006

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customers’ 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 well-being.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Hybrid Role: Must be able to come on-site periodically and reside a commutable distance from the 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

The senior-level engineer responsible for planning and conducting intermediate to more complex engineering-related activities requiring the use of creative techniques, as well as the 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 a key role on process improvement teams.
  • Initiates or performs engineering studies, proposing solutions or recommending alternatives.
  • Develop presentations of engineering-related projects to stakeholders.
  • Develop models and analyze 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

Preferred Qualifications


  • Master's Degree in Engineering or job-relevant discipline
  • Experience with electro-mechanical, solid-state, and microprocessor-based relays
  • Recent experience with testing, troubleshooting, and analyzing relaying targets and oscillography for electrical system events
  • Knowledge of electrical system equipment functions and operation
  • Experience in reading electrical schematics and wiring diagrams, including but not limited to reviewing of and validating designs, and updated field mark prints.
  • Experience in supporting field technicians who perform relay-related field commissioning and maintenance activities, along with reviewing of test records and approving equipment for service.
  • Experience with NERC PRC-002-2, PRC-004-6 and PRC-005-6
  • Lead cross-functional teams on equipment operation investigations
  • Assist in the approval of new equipment and the creation of field testing procedures
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs, primarily Excel and Word. 
  • Proficiency in Maximo, and SAP.

Other Requirements

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong time management, prioritization, and organization skills
  • Proficient communication, interpersonal skills, and ability to work as part of highly technical team
  • Proficiency in computer applications relevant for the field
  • Developed planning and continuous improvement 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