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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.

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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

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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

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Technical experience is highly valued in this career.

Further Information
Contacts

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

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Tel: 0800 028 4844
Website: ams.careerswales.com/

Electrical Careers - The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership


Website: www.electricalcareers.co.uk/

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