Summer 2013 Environmental Engineering Student Co-op
The renewable energy team is tasked with ensuring compliance with PA 295 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goals and targets. Notable among these requirements is a target of 10% renewable energy sales by 2015, and installation of 300 MW by 2013 and an additional 300 MW by 2015. These requirements require an aggressive effort to ensure compliance.
The renewable energy team, and particularly the wind energy team, is implementing a wind development strategy to meet the above-mentioned targets. In doing so, team efforts require a unique set of skills ranging from wind resource assessment and wind turbine siting to managing land and accompanying obligations required for siting, and activities associated with the communities involved. Currently, this effort is executed by three team members, with extensive assistance from consultants and contractors. As a result of the critical role this team plays, an additional team member is sought to support the team, and develop the skills required to provide additional support, and depth, to the current team, and in the event of future changes to the team. To ensure this new team member's success and knowledge transfer, they will be partnered and mentored by the team's program manager of wind development.
- Wind Resource Assessment – assist in wind data collection, management, and evaluation as it
relates to wind site planning, development, and operation – data sourced from meteorological
towers (METs) and Sonic Detection and Ranging (SODAR) units.
- Wind Farm Performance Prediction and Assessment – assist in assessing/predicting
performance of future wind energy projects and evaluation of performance of current wind energy
- Wind Technologies – assist in evaluating technical trends in wind equipment development such
as improvements in turbine performance through improvements to drive train components, turbine
blade design, etc.
- Wind Turbine and Facility Siting – assist in assessing optimal turbine layouts, constraints
analyses, and supporting work which might include wildlife studies, noise evaluations, shadow
flicker modeling, etc.
- Wind Project Real Estate Management – assist in maintaining data bases related to land
agreements, including agreement records management, confidentiality control, and planning for
agreement obligations such as payments, terminations, crop damage, etc. – this role would also
involve assisting in integrating land agreement information into a land management data base and
system for ensuring payment of financial commitments set forth in various land agreements.
- Wind Energy Continuous Improvement Support – assist wind team in implementation of
continuous improvement efforts related to the wind dev process.
Must be a student pursuing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering (may consider Mechanical Engineering), with a minimum 2.7 grade point average. Must be able to commute to Detroit and work a minimum of 32 hours/week.
The DTE Energy Co-op Program requires students to be able to complete
co-op rotations, alternating between work and school, prior to graduation. Students must have completed their program pre-requisites and are taking courses specific to their major. Students should be knowledgable in fluid mechanics, process economics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and the ability to read flow charts and technical drawings statistics. Students are expected to have above average skills working with Word, Excel, and Power Point. Access, GIS Mapping Systems, Visio, Six Sigma and Lean Operating Principles experience a plus. Students should possess good written and oral communication and organizational skills, demonstrate the ability to work effectively with people at all levels and be safety conscious at all times.
DTE Energy is a Fortune 500 company based in Detroit, MI. We are a diversified energy company, involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Our operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on coal and gas mid-stream services, power and industrial projects, unconventional gas production and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at
Downtown HQ: GO (General Offices)
One Energy Plaza
Is this position covered under a Collective Bargaining Agreement?
Skills Testing Required
This position is a Department of Transportation (DOT) covered position and must pass DOT drug screen and is subject to random drug testing.
NERC-CIP Authorization: This position will require authorized unescorted access (cyber and/or physical) to NERC-CIP (North American Electric Reliability Corp. — Critical Infrastructure Protection Cyber Security Standards) controlled assets or documents?
CFATS Authorization: This position will require authorized unescorted access to restricted areas and/or access to critical assets of a CFATS (Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards) designated High Risk Chemical Facility?
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