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Senior Reservoir Engineer


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Gas Company
Job ID:  10445

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.


Job Summary

Applies complex knowledge of engineering and geological principles to plan, design, construct and maintain gas storage integrity, capacity and deliverability for meeting market demands and storage regulations.  Makes decisions independently, utilizing advanced techniques and the modification and extension of current theories and practices to resolve unique and complex technical issues.  Applies diversified knowledge to determine gas reserves, production forecasting and facility requirements to enhance and/or protect corporate cash flow, earnings and regulatory compliance.  Extensive computer modeling is utilized to obtain results for the preceding responsibilities. Span of control: 0; individual contributor.

Key Accountabilities

  • Maintains storage field and well deliverability to meet peak day requirements, many times under immediate time constraints, using economically driven maintenance and enhancement methods
  • Handles storage field design for both current and future project investments
  • Performs advanced well and reservoir performance simulations
  • Interprets corrosion and related logs of required remedial work to proactively prevent well leaks
  • Conducts advanced reserve and flowrate forecasts for use in projects
  • Ensures integrated well capability and gathering pipeline design for cost minimization
  • Performs financial analysis of technical alternatives, including cost-of-service and cost/benefit analysis
  • Provides on-site work direction during stimulation, workovers and/or well drilling or plugging
  • Coordinates inventory verification and well integrity preservation processes

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Petroleum or Geological Engineering or related discipline and five years of related field experience in industrial or utility industry

Other Qualifications

•    At least 5 years working experience as petroleum engineer with an operating-sector company.

•    Demonstrated experience and knowledge of logging, workovers, well drilling and plugging operations.

•    Demonstrated experience in gas reserves analysis or storage inventory verification, gas well deliverability assessments, well integrity analysis, risk assessment and working with regulators to permit well activity or maintain compliance.

•    Strong communications skills required with experience presenting to upper management.

•    Must have ability to work independently within a team structure to achieve corporate objectives.

Other Requirements:
•    Extensive understanding of office software and applications (e.g., Excel, Word, etc.) 
•    Knowledge of reservoir engineering/geological software and database management
•    Advanced knowledge of gas-storage deliverability mechanisms, transient flow test analyses, stimulation techniques, inventory analysis, and well and reservoir integrity analysis
•    Advanced knowledge of production drive mechanisms and oil- and gas-in-place determination techniques
•    Ability to use Nodal analysis methods to provide rate and pressure forecasts to the plant inlet
•    Experience in the selection of vendors for services and materials, inclusive of completing or coordinating material procurement, landowner contacts, and state filings
•    Ability to coordinate field and office projects (with both internal employees and external contractors) for drilling, testing, maintenance and stimulation of storage wells
•    Maintains reservoir department records and equipment, tracks inventory, and disposes of surplus equipment as required
•    Experienced in technical paper preparation and presentation of testimony as an expert witness
•    Ability to develop and manage budgets
•    Ability to work with people at all levels both within and outside the company
•    Ability to make clear and concise presentations to all levels of management
•    Possesses a valid driver’s license and ability to provide a suitable vehicle for use on company business and meet company driving 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