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Principal Engineer - Codes and Standards


Melvindale, MI, US

Company:  DTE Gas Company
Job ID:  4790

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve.  We have businesses in 26 different states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for consecutive years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and 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.

Testing Required: Testing and/or writing sample will be required


Job Summary

Principal level engineer responsible for planning and conducting engineering activities. Requires the use of advanced techniques and the application of theories, precepts, practice and disciplines, including practical field experience. Incumbents have the responsibility and authority to make decisions on engineering problems and methods applicable to the resolution of important issues. Participates on and leads teams of employees, technicians, engineers and other personnel.

Key Accountabilities
  • Develop, coordinate and direct projects or field engineering assignments with complex features
  • Performs assigned or initiates engineering studies, propose solutions to engineering-related problems & develops, analyze data to support improvement programs, techniques & solutions
  • Interfaces with outside departments, vendors, suppliers & reliability entities
  • Develop, conduct and communicate well both verbally and in writing in presentations of engineering projects to all levels of management and external parties (contractors, customers, etc.), creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers and shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills
  • Plan and manage group workflow to meet budgets and schedules
  • Mentor and provide technical guidance/direction to Staff and operate as SME to support compliance training, pipeline compliance requests and work with internal/external stakeholders and develop DTE Gas Standards as well as prepare and manage state and federal regulator audits and inspections including developing agency response, meeting submission deadlines, resolving non-compliances through proven methodologies with a focus on mitigative measures
  • Collaborate with business units (e.g. GIS, Drug and Alcohol Testing, One-Call, Operator Qualification, TIMP, DIMP, Storage, Public Awareness, Damage Prevention, Emergency Response, Operations, Technical Training, Control Room, Engineering, Construction Teams, Codes Staff, etc.) on compliance issues and assist on special projects to ensure pipeline safety initiatives are incorporated to align with the Pipeline Safety Management System. Provide general support to the internal Stakeholder with focus on continuous improvement of systems, documentation practices with a focus on consistency and standardization
  • Provide regulatory updates to DTE Gas from PHMSA, MPSC, NTSB, etc, participate in industry workshops and manage on-call request and travel internally/externally to Stakeholder meetings
  • Demonstrated ability to research, compile, prepare studies, responses to proposed changes in regulations, recommendations, policies, procedures, and correspondence
  • Experience reading and interpreting applicable governmental regulations pertaining to state and federal-regulated intrasrate and interstate pipelines; company and/or industry publications related to pipeline reporting compliance; researching, identifying, evaluating and prioritizing problems or situations and coordinating appropriate actions or responses
  • Review documents, prepare checklists, audit agendas, conduct pre and post audits and prepare final reports
  • Conduct incident investigations and root cause analyses
  • Project Management Skills - ability to manage projects, develop efforts and collaborate effectively to obtain positive results
  • Makes decisions systematically and under pressure, build consensus, make difficult/unpopular decisions and consider impact of decisions
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology and a minimum of 6 years of job relevant experience
Other Qualifications


  • Master's Degree in Engineering or job relevant discipline

Other Requirements

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, primarily Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access as well as Visio, Power BI and SharePoint
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong time management, project management, prioritization, and organization skills
  • Proficient communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Quality Assurance or Quality Management System experience

Desired Qualifications:

  • API 1169 Certification
  • ANST Level II MT, PT and/or UT
  • AWS or AISC Certification, API 1104
  • Demonstrate welding experience
  • NACE Certification (CP Level 1-4, Coating Inspector Level 1-3)
  • Fusing Welding
  • Incident Investigation
  • Certified Auditor Training
  • Understanding of 49 CFR Part 191 and 192 or experience in specific areas of pipeline safety compliance
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.