Commissioning engineers are engaged in the testing of facilities, equipment and plants to make sure they function correctly and produce the expected results. In doing so they bring the product or system to a point at which it can be used most effectively. Commissioning engineers therefore need to possess a thorough understanding of manufacturing and product use, as well as of customer expectation.
Commissioning engineering embraces the installation and commissioning of all types of engineering projects, so commissioning engineers can be found in all branches of engineering.
- Identifying problems and shortcomings with existing systems.
- Co-ordinating testing and commissioning activities and providing advice on testing and commissioning procedures and documentation.
- Producing or assisting in the production of all test and commissioning documentation.
- Undertaking testing and commissioning activities in line with the specified site requirements.
- Monitoring progress, recording all test results, witnessing final testing and acceptance of equipment and compilation of all documentation for inclusion in the site test dossier.
- Ensuring the safe testing and commissioning of completed installations to achieve the necessary plant performance in accordance with project programme requirements.
Travel: during the working day, travel is a regular feature of the job. Travel abroad may be possible with large companies.
Working hours: regular office hours with occasional long days and some weekends depending on projects deadlines. Overnight and weekend stays away from home may be required.
Location: throughout the country though much will depend on the branch of engineering.
Opportunities for self-employment: possible for those interested in setting up own firm but will normally take several years of proven professional experience.
Opportunities for commissioning engineers are quite varied as they are employed in a wide range of industry sectors including:
- Aerospace and transport organisations
- Automotive industries
- Construction and building services
- Engineering consultancies
- Energy utilities
- Manufacturing industries
- Oil and gas industries.
Promotion to senior engineer level is possible and, with more experience, to principal engineer level and beyond.
Salaries will vary depending on employer and industry sector. Commissioning engineers working in manufacturing/production can expect salaries in the region of €40,000–€55,000 (Republic of Ireland) and £20,000–£30,000 (Northern Ireland).
Engineers who graduate from 2013 and wish to become chartered engineers will need to hold an accredited masters degree (Level 9), or equivalent. Level 8 bachelor degrees will, from 2013, satisfy the requirements for Institute of Engineers of Ireland membership only.
From 2013 onwards, those graduates wishing to become chartered engineers will need to hold an accredited masters degree (level 9), or equivalent.
Engineers Ireland’s CPD training programme organises, promotes, and delivers a wide variety of technical and non-technical training courses, workshops and seminars. These are available both in-company and as public courses.
Tips for applications
Gain relevant work experience/internship.
Skills and qualities
- Sound mathematical and technical skills.
- Ability to think methodically, to design, plan and manage projects.
- Ability to maintain an overview of entire projects while continuing to attend to detailed technicalities.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Negotiating, supervisory and leadership skills combined with the ability to delegate.