Principal Engineer - SCADA Performance


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  13539

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

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 make decisions on engineering problems and methods applicable to the resolution of important issues, which may be complex at times. Participates in 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 in 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

Preferred Qualifications


  • Utility experience preferred

  • Strong understanding of the electrical system

  • Strong Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition SCADA experience.

  • Familiarity with electrical systems and equipment such as: High and medium voltage class breakers and switchgear, power transformers, generators, cable, instrumental transformers, cable, metering, among others

  • Experience reading and understanding wiring and schematic prints

  • Experience RTU’s, including hardware, software, and configuration

  • Familiarity with network communication protocols including Ethernet/ IP, DNP 3, and ICE 61850

  • Experience with alarm panels and HMI’s

  • Experience with substation IED’s, microprocessor relays, and metering 

  • Experience with the installation, testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance of SCADA equipment

  • Experience in providing support to the field technicians

  • Familiarity with EMS, DMS, and OSI PI.

  • Familiarity NERC CIP and other security 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.



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