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Commissioning engineers are employed to work at a client’s site, where they are responsible for commissioning and overseeing the installation of systems, plants and/or equipment. The commissioning engineer participates in screenings, studies and operation write-ups, in addition to operation assistance, trouble-shooting and client operation training.

Other typical responsibilities include making improvements to and offering advice about operational procedures, scheduling and co-ordinating work to tight deadlines, ensuring that equipment works to its specification and writing reports and documentation.

Employers of commissioning engineers include companies that manufacture/operate mechanical, electronic and electrical systems, equipment and machinery, building services, process and control, as well as instrumentation and communications companies, utilities, engineering contractors and consultancies.

It is essential for potential candidates considering a job in this sector to possess excellent interpersonal, leadership and managerial skills, plus commercial awareness. Tight schedules dictate the need to work additional hours at times, while shift and unsocial hours are also common in this role, particularly where equipment is in 24 hour operation. Good commissioning engineers also possess good communication and people skills, and are willing and able to travel.

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