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Commissioning Engineer Job Description

Commissioning Engineer Job Description

Commissioning engineering jobs and careers were created to address the demand of various technological advances that have taken place in recent decades. Commissioning engineers are responsible for ensuring that a product, piece of equipment or machinery functions properly and meets the client's requirements and specifications. Commissioning engineers usually test products in the final stages of production. Their duties typically include documenting their work, writing reports, troubleshooting, scheduling, providing technical support and, if they work in senior or lead roles, supervising staff.

Commission engineering careers are available in a variety of industries in both the private and public sectors. They are usually employed by companies in the building services sector, those that manufacture and operate electronic, mechanical and electrical systems and equipment, and companies specializing in control, instrumentation, utilities, process and communications.

Skills and qualifications

A candidate who wants to pursue a career in commissioning engineering should have an array of useful skills as well as the appropriate educational background to meet the demands of the job. Some of these skills include organization, interpersonal skills and the ability to work under pressure. The educational background that is required for this type of position is a four year degree in an engineering discipline, such as mechanical or construction engineering. Also, a master’s degree and externship may be required for additional experience within the field. Commissioning engineering positions are not entry-level jobs and require significant experience in a field related to engineering, construction, or commissioning.

A person who chooses this career path should have a good sense of responsibility and have the ability to meet strict deadlines. Strong analytical, teamwork and communication skills are very important, as is the ability to work well under pressure and in fast-paced work environments. A commissioning engineer must be good at making plans, coordinating schedules, and facilitating communications among the contractors and technicians with specialized skill sets who work independently of one another.

Commissioning engineers are responsible for producing commissioning progress reports for the client and management, so strong writing skills are a must.


Day-to-day duties of a commissioning engineer include developing test procedures, testing equipment to make sure that it meets the given specifications, documenting the test results, producing documentation about his or her work, meeting with clients and architects to discuss products, meeting with contractors and other staff to provide technical guidance and troubleshoot problems, and creating schedules and making sure they are met. Senior commissioning engineers may be responsible for overseeing and managing teams of technicians, and seeing that they adhere to all the relevant safety regulations. A commissioning engineer is also responsible for diagnosing faults and doing repairs when necessary, and for providing technical support and making sure that working conditions are safe.

Commissioning engineers are usually hired to act as independent supervisors, and to oversee contractors who are tasked with installing various systems and equipment. Commissioning engineers typically work in industrial plants or in offices, but sometimes their work requires travel to work sites. Most engineers have standard 40-hour work weeks, but usually work overtime when they need to meet deadlines.