Commissioning engineer: job description
Commissioning engineers help to make sure that the products they are responsible for work properly and that they meet the client’s needs. Typical tasks include:
- making improvements to, and offering advice about, operational procedures
- scheduling and coordinating work to tight deadlines
- ensuring that equipment works to its specification
- creating and carrying out test procedures
- investigating problems and diagnosing and repairing faults
- liaising with installation/project engineers
- supervising engineering and technical staff
- writing reports and documentation
- providing technical support
- ensuring safe working conditions
- training maintenance and operative staff where appropriate.
- Companies that manufacture/operate mechanical, electronic and electrical systems, equipment and machinery
- Building services companies
- Engineering contractors
Jobs are advertised in newspapers, online, by specialist recruitment agencies and in several engineering journals including TARGETjobs Engineering, The Engineer, The Chemical Engineer, Electrical Contracting News, Electronics Weekly, Electronic Engineering Times, Engineering News and Manufacturing Engineering.
For entry into the profession, you will need a degree in an appropriate engineering discipline such as electrical, mechanical or civil engineering. A relevant postgraduate qualification can be helpful and may be necessary for some posts. A list of accredited courses is available on the Engineering Council’s website.
Practical work experience is often required and can be gained via sponsorship, vacation work, industrial placements and graduate engineering training schemes.
Achieving chartered (CEng) status with the Engineering Council can help to demonstrate your professionalism and commitment to your field. To become chartered, you will need an accredited bachelors degree with honours in engineering or technology, plus an appropriate masters degree (MEng) or doctorate (EngD) accredited by a professional engineering institution such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). You will also be eligible with an integrated MSc. To find out more, take a look at our guide to chartership.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Leadership and managerial skills
- Commercially awareness
- The ability to work well under pressure
- Teamworking skills
- Relevant technical expertise (for example in test, design, development and operations)
- Good IT and analytical skills.
- The ability to cope with shift work and unsocial hours, which are often required where equipment is in 24-hour operation