Commissioning Engineer

Oversee engineering Contractors for construction or renovation projects.
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Salary Range
$57,000 – $140,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Commissioning Engineers do?

Commissioning Engineers play a pivotal role in organizing and supervising new construction and renovation projects. They are trained in mechanical or electrical engineering, are familiar with building regulations, and have outstanding Project Manager skills.

As a Commissioning Engineer, you’re commonly “commissioned” during the planning stages of a project. Projects might include anything from a corporate structure to a utilities system for a city. For a variety of reasons, you might be brought into the project later on, but being there in the beginning gives you the opportunity to create a holistic plan, including budgets, employee resources, and scheduling of Contractors.

Coordinating the schedules of the Contractors is one of your main responsibilities as a Commissioning Engineer. Because each electrical, plumbing, and heating system task needs to be done in a specific order, you’re able to streamline the process and avoid workers standing around with nothing to do.

While the Electricians and HVAC specialists work, you conduct periodic testing to make sure the systems perform adequately. Of course, that requires knowledge of local and national building codes and policies. In the end, that knowledge helps you identify problems with the air conditioning ductwork, the wiring for the sauna, or other potential difficulties.

Your duties as a Commissioning Engineer put you in the planner’s seat. That means you attend meetings with other Engineers, Project Managers, Business Owners, Developers, CEOs, and Architects. While the project is underway, you write progress reports and might even write procedural manuals for the tasks at hand.

Should I be a Commissioning Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Blending Coordinator, Engineering Scientist, Gas Combustion Engineer

    How to become a Commissioning Engineer

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