Commissioning Engineer

Introduction

As a Commissioning Engineer, you will be employed by companies (clients) to supervise special engineering projects. You might be brought in to install a completely new engineering system, or to maybe identify and correct the problems of an existing system.

Also known as

  • Installation and Commissioning Engineer
  • Electrical Commissioning Engineer
  • Process Plant Commissioning Engineer
  • Field Commissioning Engineer
  • Service Commissioning Engineer
  • Substation Commissioning Engineer

Work Activities

As a Commissioning Engineer, you will be employed by companies (clients) to supervise special engineering projects.

You might be brought in to install a completely new engineering system, or to maybe identify and correct the problems of an existing system.

Or you could be asked to oversee a whole engineering project from the very start, giving advice on recruitment, expenses and time scales.

Your role could also include:

  • testing equipment, to make sure it works correctly and produces results of the expected quality
  • troubleshooting
  • maintaining a safe working environment
  • leading a team of Technicians
  • writing documentation and guidelines on how to operate the new or improved system
  • travelling all over the country or the world, to work on different projects

You will probably specialise and be employed in one industry.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Commissioning Engineer, you'll need:

  • IT skills, including programming - particularly in engineering systems software
  • network design skills and knowledge of engineering systems
  • system testing skills
  • to be willing to keep up to date with advances in technology in this fast-changing area
  • the ability to work to strict deadlines
  • a driving licence - often you will be travelling around the country, working at different sites

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £26,500 - £29,000
  • With experience: £31,500 - £38,500
  • Senior Commissioning Engineers earn £41,500 - £45,500

Hours of work

You will most likely work around 35-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Occasional late finishes and weekend work may be required.

Where could I work?

Employers include manufacturing firms in the following industries:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • construction
  • renewable energies
  • electrical
  • building services
  • manufacturing
  • oil & gas

Being a Commissioning Engineer can lead to you working anywhere in the world.

This career can involve working for an agency.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, trade industry publications, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Find a Job website.

Vacancies can also be found through specialist engineering recruitment agencies, internet job boards and the websites of professional engineering bodies.

Social media websites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, are a great way to network, find vacancies and get in contact with possible employers. Make sure that your profile presents you in a professional manner that will appeal to potential employers.

Take a look at our General Information Article 'Finding Work Online'.

GreenJobs is a job board aimed at people interested in green careers:

www.greenjobs.co.uk/browse-jobs/engineering/

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

Many employers require you to have a degree before you become a Commissioning Engineer. HNDs, HNCs and degrees in relevant subjects are available at many universities. In order to get onto one of these courses, you will usually need at least two A levels.

After completing your A levels, you might be able to get onto a Higher Level  or Degree Apprenticeship in a relevant area.

A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article 'Internships', for more details.

Work Experience

Many people enter this career after gaining relevant skills, and perhaps qualifications, in a related area such as:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • construction
  • electrical
  • building services
  • manufacturing
  • oil & gas

Technical experience is highly valued in this career.

Progression

Depending on your qualification, Commissioning Engineers can progress by taking on more responsibility for the management of engineering projects and teams of Engineers.

Some engineers choose to become self-employed or take contract work on a freelance basis.

Qualifications

To enter a relevant degree course, the usual requirements are:

  • 2/3 A levels
  • GCSEs in your A level subjects at grade C/4 or above
  • a further 2/3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above
  • English, maths and a science subject are usually required at GCSE at grade C/4 or above

To get onto an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths, or to have completed an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.

Other qualifications, such as a relevant BTEC level 3 qualifications or the International Baccalaureate Diploma are often accepted.

However, course requirements vary, so please check college/university websites very carefully.

Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Many people enter this career after gaining relevant skills, and perhaps qualifications, in a related area such as:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • construction
  • electrical
  • building services
  • manufacturing
  • oil & gas

Technical experience is highly valued in this career.

Further Information

Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

Tel: 0800 015 0400

Email: nationalhelpdesk@findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Semta

Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT

Tel: 0845 6439001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Website: www.semta.org.uk

Tomorrow's Engineers

Publisher: EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering

Email: contactus@tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Address: Blue Court, Church Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 8JP

Tel: 01923 260000

Email: ecitb@ecitb.org.uk

Website: careers.ecitb.org.uk

Scottish Engineering

Scottish enquiries

Address: 105 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QL

Tel: 0141 2213181

Email: consult@scottishengineering.org.uk

Website: www.scottishengineering.org.uk

Engineering Council

Address: 246 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EX

Tel: 020 3206 0500

Website: www.engc.org.uk

Engineering Training Council Northern Ireland (ETC NI)

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Address: Sketrick House, Ards Business Park, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH

Tel: 028 9182 2377

Email: info@etcni.org.uk

Website: www.etcni.org.uk

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Address: Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2AY

Tel: 01438 313311

Email: postmaster@theiet.org

Website: www.theiet.org

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Address: Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1ET

Tel: 01793 444000

Website: www.epsrc.ac.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

Electrical Careers - The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership

Website: www.electricalcareers.co.uk/

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