Project Control Specialist - Estimating & Scheduling - Multiple Levels


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Eng Corp Svcs LLC
Job ID:  14001

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:

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

  • This opportunity is located in Detroit Michigan and based out the Detroit Headquarters. It is Hybrid - Must be able to come on-site periodically and reside a commutable distance from the work location.This opportunity is located in Detroit Michigan and based out the Detroit Headquarters. It is Hybrid - Must be able to come on-site periodically and reside a commutable distance from the work location.   Assists the project management teams by developing, monitoring, and updating estimates and/or an integrated project plan and schedule so that the project may be executed in the most efficient manner possible. Applies methods and techniques, standards, processes, procedures, guidelines, and templates, to efficiently manage, develop, and control project estimates/schedules. Assignments are received in the form of results expected, within operating policies and procedures. Incumbent has the discretion to select from alternative approaches; decisions may involve changes to normal work processes

Key Accountabilities

  • Supports project team and estimating/scheduling personnel efforts toward the development of the project plan and translating the project plan into the project estimate/schedule.
  • Develops and provides analysis of project estimates or schedules, including, as applicable, CPM software implementation, time impact and delay analysis, and review of periodic schedule updates.
  • Ensures the credibility of the information contained in the estimate/schedule.
  • Assists with the preparation of project time and/or cost claims.
  • Develops and records project historical estimate/schedule information and lessons learned.
  • Applies methodologies, techniques and tools, software, standards and guidelines for estimating and/or planning/scheduling; knowledgeable in application of estimating/scheduling software and application of the software.
  • Ensures that required project estimating and/or planning/scheduling controls are appropriately implemented and maintained.
  • Participates in continuous improvement of the estimating/scheduling organization through benchmarking and maintaining affiliations with industry estimating/scheduling organizations and local/national chapters. Scheduling Specific:
  • Develops master and detail schedules inclusive of major milestones, detailed WBS, assignment of costs, labor, and equipment to activities, resource leveling, etc.
  • Monitors and updates schedule progress toward achieving the desired project completion date and informing management team of changes to schedule outcome.
  • Prepares and provides schedule progress reports, trending charts, and schedule analysis and reports forecasts for all significant project activities. Analyzes the effects to the critical path activities; identifies changes to the project that affect the schedule and develops the recovery schedules and alternate courses of action.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

This is a dual track base requirement job; education & experience requirements can be satisfied through one of the following options for multiple levels from Associate to senior: Years of experience equates to specific levels - lower years of experience equates to lower levels. Higher years of experience equates to higher levels.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Business, Business Administration or a related field & 3+ years of job-relevant experience.
  • Associate degree in engineering, Construction Management, Business, Accounting, Math, or related field & 5+ years of job-relevant experience.
  • High School or GED, & 7+ years of job-relevant experience.

Other Qualifications

  • May require the physical ability to work in a power plant environment (e.g. climb stairs, work in hot, confined environments.
  • Communicates effectively (verbally & in writing) with individuals at all levels, inside and outside the Corporation.
  • Written and verbal communication & advocacy skills consistent with the ability to present results of projects & research and engage in persuasive written & verbal interaction with all levels of the business unit.
  • Analytical & problem-solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.
  • Ability to develop/ coordinate cross-functional work groups and projects, yielding optimal outcomes.
  • Working knowledge of financial & economic analysis, project & risk management.


  • Knowledge in design scheduling, construction scheduling, program scheduling, and cost & resource loading. This includes developing detailed WBS, milestones, activities definition, logical sequences, durations, activity dependencies and interdependencies, and activity contingencies.
  • Understanding of schedule models and methods, schedule quality analysis, schedule strategy, schedule integration techniques, Monte Carlo Analysis, schedule performance analysis techniques, etc.


  • Knowledge in design, construction, and program estimating. This includes developing various levels of cost estimate classifications (ROM, conceptual, parametric, definitiveetc.), financial and economic estimating and analysis, and establishment of contingencies based on the type of estimate and risk models.
  • Understanding of estimating models, techniques, and methods, estimating quality and accuracy analysis, estimating strategy and estimating optimization (creating estimating models, simulations, and sensitivity analysis), life cycle costing, budgeting, cash flow, and forecasting, developing estimate basis, understanding of market conditions and how they affect estimates.
  • Knowledge of cost elements, cost dimensions, cost classifications, cost types (material, equipment, labor, overhead, and profit), subcontract and purchased costs, pricing strategies, development of code of accounts, quantification, estimating factors, ratios and indices, and product and project costs.
  • Ability to apply project planning & implementation and/or continuous improvement principles (typically acquired through several years of experience in these areas) to affect tangible, positive outcomes.
  • Promotes an atmosphere conducive to the open exchange of new ideas, and alternatives to orthodox approaches.
  • Ability to work in a 'team' and/or 'matrixed' structure, supporting multiple clients.
  • Flexibility & the ability to work with shifting priorities; embrace new/evolving responsibilities.


Preferred - Estimator

  • Estimator: 2+ years of experience in construction estimating on large projects
  • Electrical and renewable estimating experience
  • Estimating all project costs (i.e., engineering, design, project management, construction, commissioning, etc.)
  • Maximo Program Experience

Preferred - Schedulers

  •  2+ years of experience in construction scheduling on large projects
  • Electrical distribution experience
  • Maximo Program Experience
  • Scheduling preferably using P6 primavera for all projects stages (i.e., engineering, design, project management, construction, commissioning, etc.)


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