Senior Solar Technician


Redford Twp, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  13410

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

Ensures that DTE Electric’s solar assets are maximizing energy production and operating at  design specifications. Mentors less experienced team members with operating and maintaining utility scale solar photovoltaic electric systems.  This role involves both equipment and communication system monitoring, maintenance, and repair. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Assists in reviewing solar plant designs, with both new sites and modifications to existing assets.
  • Provides quality control and supervisory support on future construction of solar plants.
  • Recommends enhancements and implements improvements to increase plant output.
  • Responsible for program oversight of periodic aerial inspections; including retainment of applicable licensing.
  • Lead periodic testing and troubleshooting for battery energy storage systems.
  • Performs remote diagnostic checks and equipment resets as needed.
  • Lead planning and execution of facility tours with stakeholders and community members.
  • Creating and revising standard work instructions.
  • Operating aerial drone equipment for periodic stie inspections and troubleshooting.
  • Lead or direct emergency response activities, as well as working scheduled on-call shifts.
  • Conducts planned maintenance activities, as well as responds to emergent issues.
  • Provides on-the-job training to less experienced field staff.
  • Documents daily jobs in work management system.
  • Prioritizes safety daily, in addition to leading site safety meetings, analyzing job hazards, and providing prompt resolution.
  • Performs industry related research and benchmarking and share best practice recommendations. 

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED and 7 years of experience in the overall aspects of design engineering, construction, start-up/commissioning, and/or subsequent O&M of renewable energy projects.

Other Qualifications


  • Associate Degree in Electrical-related field
  • Technical certificate in energy or related discipline
  • Solar Service Technician Certification
  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certification
  • Knowledge of plant level controls and low voltage equipment
  • Knowledge of electrical safety procedures


Other Requirements:

  • Ability to travel to other locations
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Ability to obtain FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification for drone operation
  • Working knowledge and experience operating under OSHA 1910.269, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E and 70B
  • Proficient reading technical specifications documents, site plans and electrical schematics
  • Knowledge in various photovoltaic technologies, control systems, field measuring devices, network hardware and electric metering
  • Comfortable working with up to 1,500VDC and 1,000VAC
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, logical reasoning, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and set priorities
  • General computer proficiency
  • Keeping work vehicles, tools, and equipment in good working condition
  • Comfortable working outdoors in inclement weather
  • Must be able to push, pull and lift tools and equipment weighing up to 75 lbs

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.