Staff Solar Technician


Redford Twp, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  13230

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 assets are maximizing energy production and operating at their design point. Works both independently as well as with more experienced technicians, assisting with operating and maintaining utility scale solar photovoltaic electric systems.  Responsibilities also include monitoring, routine inspections, recordkeeping, and various other duties.

Key Accountabilities

  • Conducts planned maintenance activities as well as performs regular site inspections.
  • Troubleshoots, tests, and repairs equipment as required.
  • Performs remote diagnostic checks and equipment resets as needed.
  • Recommends enhancements and implements improvements to increase plant output.
  • Maintains records in computer-based work management program.
  • Lead warranty claim process, including documentation and submittals
  • Utilize remote troubleshooting tools and monitoring software.
  • Provides input to create and revise standard work procedures and operating instructions.
  • Prioritizes safety daily, in addition to leading site safety meetings, analyzing job hazards, and providing prompt resolution.
  • Assisting with emergency response, as well as working scheduled on-call shifts
  • Conducts battery energy storage system maintenance, including monitoring and site inspections.
  • Assisting in the planning and execution with facility tours & stakeholder visits on knowledge

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

High School diploma or GED and 3 years of electrical experience or experience in operation & maintenance of renewable energy projects.

Other Qualifications


  • Associate Degree in Electrical-related field
  • 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
  • Familiar with insulation resistance testing, IV Curve Tracing and common electrical testing procedures


Other Requirements:

  • Ability to travel to other locations
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Proficiency reading technical specifications documents, site plans and electrical schematics
  • Comfortable working with up to 1,500VDC and 1,000VAC
  • Basic data acquisition and networking systems knowledge
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, logical reasoning, written and verbal communication skills
  • Keeping work vehicles, tools and equipment in good working condition
  • General computer proficiency
  • 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.