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Staff Reservoir Engineer - DTE Gas Company

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in petroleum or geological engineering, or geology, and the knowledge/capabilities typically acquired through 3+ years of job-relevant experience, inclusive of gas reservoir deliverability mechanisms; transient flow test analyses and stimulation techniques; production drive mechanisms; gas inventory analysis, and; hydrocarbons-in-place determination techniques.


Applies knowledge of engineering and geological principles to plan, design, construct and maintain gas storage capacity and deliverability. Works under limited supervision and proffers independent recommendations utilizing advanced techniques and the modification and extension of current theories and practices to resolve unique, complex technical issues. Applies computer modeling techniques to determine gas reserves, contents, and flow rates, and preserve stored gas inventory. The knowledge and expertise required for this level usually result from progressive geological or reservoir engineering-related experience. The span of control: 0; this is an individual contributor job

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide technical assistance to reservoir engineering staff.
  • Verify and recommend methods to maintain storage reservoirs and well deliverability performance to meet peak day requirements.
  • Verify and recommend methods to maintain storage reservoir gas inventory levels and well integrity.
  • Evaluate well maintenance and enhancement results via state-of-the-art techniques.
  • Interpret corrosion and related well logs; determine appropriate well maintenance to prevent well leaks.
  • Perform storage field feasibility analyses, design, and cost estimating for current field expansions and future multi-million dollar projects.
  • Perform integrated well and gathering pipeline design optimization studies.
  • Perform advanced reserve and production forecasts for use in multi-million dollar projects.
  • Conduct advanced reservoir and well performance simulation.
  • Assist in financial analyses of technical alternatives including cost-of-service and cost-benefit analyses.
  • Provide on-site technical consultation during well stimulation, workover, well drilling or well plugging.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate databases.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of gas storage experience and/or oil or gas company gas/petroleum engineering experience
  • Knowledge of gas storage regulations, including risk analysis
  • Knowledge of Michigan storage well workover and stimulation techniques and experience with coordinating and overseeing well work activities
  • Experience with field and office projects (with both employees and contractors) for drilling, testing, maintenance, and stimulation of wells.
  • Experience in technical report writing and regulatory testimony preparation.
  • Understanding of budget development. and tracking
  • Knowledge of reservoir modeling for storage field deliverability improvement opportunities and CO2 sequestering capabilities


Other Requirements

  • Working knowledge of Excel and Access,¬†reservoir engineering/geological software, and database management
  • Nodal analysis methods to provide gas rate and pressure forecasts.
  • May require initial and/or periodic drug or fitness for duty testing.
  • Ability to travel & report for work at different locations (typically within the Corporation's service area); incumbents are responsible for their own transportation.
  • Proficient verbal, written, and presentation skills; communicates clearly, with credibility and confidence.
  • Analytical & problem-solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives, and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.