Commissioning engineers work on new constructions, usually on behalf of the owner. They provide independent oversight of contractors needed to install heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical and other systems for the building. Commissioning is the process of testing a facility or plant before it is finished, to make sure it functions properly.
Personal requirements of a commissioning engineer may include:
- Good organisational skills
- Willing to adhere to safety requirements
- Strong analytical skills
- Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
- Ability to work well in fast-paced environments
- Good time management skills and respect for strict project deadlines
- Good interpersonal and professional communication skills
Commissioning engineers may complete the following tasks:
- Participating in providing a planned, documented and managed engineering approach to the start-up and turnover of facilities, systems and equipment to the end-user that result in a safe and functional environment to meet established design requirements and stakeholder expectation.
- Provide technical advice and to resolve problems
- Prepare commissioning progress reports for management, the client or others
- Attending design, construction and qualification meetings
- Developing written test procedures and coordinating, witnessing and documenting start-up and functional tests
- Calculate, draw and schedule plans to make sure projects are completed correctly and on time
Most positions as commissioning engineers require a recognised Bachelor degree. Some employers or industries might also require post-graduate study, such as graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or Master degree. Therefore, you usually have to study engineering at university with a major in construction or mechanical engineering. Major employer industries include the Coal Seam Gas and Liquefied Gas industry as well as construction firms.