Supervisor - Reliability


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  12238

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:

On-Site Role: Must be available to work on-site at this 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

Responsible for organizing, planning and supervising skilled trades in day-to-day shop work which includes the design and fabrication of new equipment and material as well as the troubleshooting and repair of existing equipment and material.  Responsible for contract administration of external labor and materials as well as special projects and initiatives. Span of control: approximately =5 jobs & 15 FTEs (direct, second-level, etc.)

Key Accountabilities

  • Performs or ensures the accomplishment of the following core supervisory functions for a group of (union) represented and non- represented personnel: planning, organizing, directing the performance of ongoing activities and special assignments, staffing (employee selection, training/coaching & performance management), time entry, accident & injury reports) coordinating, reporting & budgeting. Motivates through leading by example, coaching/mentoring and providing ongoing constructive feedback to subordinate staff; competent in systematically eliciting the best efforts & results from subordinate staff.
  • Leads and coordinates multiple tasks or projects across skilled trades, including vendors and contractors engaged in the fabrication, maintenance, repair and operation of power and industrial equipment.
  • Supervises all aspects of assigned work; ensures the adherence to appropriate quality and time-lines provisions.
  • Enforces safe work practices; trains employees in safety and environmental standards.
  • Ensure the appropriate application of collective bargaining agreement (CBA) provisions; may represent the Company in grievances and arbitration proceedings; fills in for the General Foreman in his absence.
  • Chairs meetings with internal organizations and external suppliers, vendors and contractors to develop short-and long-term plans and meet organizational goals; Interfaces with internal and external engineering groups on the implementation of projects.
  • Assumes responsibility as key tag protection leader and/or job leader as outlined in applicable Company policy(s);
  • Supervises the performance of electrical work required in the maintenance, repair, and fabrication of all types of power& industrial equipment, including transformers, control panels, motors, and power regulators.
  • May lead continuous improvement (CI) commitment and systematic CI efforts for a given group(s).

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • High school graduate and the knowledge/capabilities typically acquired through 3+ years of experience in the operation and maintenance of mechanical, electrical and/or instrumentation equipment typical to a power generating station.

Other Qualifications


  • Certificate (i.e the completion of a core group of program related courses designated by a duly accredited program) in a job-relevant skilled trade or completion of a skilled trade apprenticeship
  • 3+ years in a senior, lead worker, project lead or supervisory capacity
  • Prior experience fabricating and repairing transformers, control panels, power regulators, motors, and/or other electrical systems and components found in heavy industry. 

Other Requirements

  • Knowledge of computer-based work management and scheduling processes.
  • Incumbents may be required to work varying shifts and overtime.
  • Proficient verbal, written and presentation skills; communicates clearly, with credibility and confidence.
  • Ability to work in a team and/or matrix structure, supporting multiple clients.
  • Ability to conduct effective and efficient meetings; manages meetings with optimal results.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work with shifting priorities; embrace new/evolving responsibilities.
  • Balance multiple demands from superiors, subordinates and peers in a positive and even-handed fashion; display a calm demeanor under pressure.
  • Initiate new ideas and approaches; challenge prevailing practices and approaches with reasonable sound alternatives.
  • Ability to apply project planning and implementation and/or continuous improvement principles, typically acquired through several years of experience in these areas, to affect tangible and positive outcomes.
  • Competent in multitasking, i.e the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, issues or projects that may include high visibility initiatives and require innovation, teamwork and planning.
  • Provide leadership through example in a union environment, consistent with prevailing collective bargaining agreements (typically based on experience in a unionized environment).
  • Deal effectively with resistance; taking positive steps toward avoiding the recurrence of errors through constructive critique.

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