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Working As A Commissioning Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Commissioning Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become A Commissioning Engineer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Commissioning Engineer Career Paths

Commissioning Engineer
Project Engineer Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Owner/Operator
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Start-Up Engineer Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Lead Mechanical Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Start-Up Engineer Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Principal Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Principal Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Lead Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Supervisor Construction Manager Design Manager
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Application Engineer Controls Engineer
Senior Controls Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Application Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Commissioning Technician Field Service Technician Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineer Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Commissioning Technician Field Service Technician Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Unit Manager Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Commissioning Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.5%

Unknown

10.1%

Female

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

7.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.3%

French

11.8%

German

10.5%

Arabic

7.9%

Hindi

6.6%

Portuguese

6.6%

Dutch

3.9%

Carrier

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

Thai

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Urdu

2.6%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Gujarati

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Indonesian

1.3%

Malay

1.3%

Afrikaans

1.3%

Tamil

1.3%
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Commissioning Engineer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

7.9%

Auburn University

7.9%

More Tech Institute

7.9%

Arizona State University

6.1%

Texas A&M University

6.1%

New York University

5.3%

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

State University of New York Maritime College

5.3%

Ferris State University

4.4%

University of Washington

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.4%

University of Kansas

4.4%

Excelsior College

3.5%

Texas State University

3.5%

A-Technical College

3.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.5%

Iowa State University

3.5%

Saint Louis University-

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

30.8%

Mechanical Engineering

19.6%

Chemical Engineering

7.3%

Business

5.9%

Engineering

5.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.4%

Music

2.8%

Project Management

2.6%

Management

2.3%

Engineering Technology

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.7%

Information Technology

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.2%

Other

18.6%

Masters

18.0%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

2.9%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$60,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
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$85,000
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$85,000
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$85,000
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Median 50%
$119,000
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Best Paying Company
BP America
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Commissioning Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Commissioning Engineer in the United States is $85,294 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

Real Commissioning Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Commissioning Engineering BP America Inc. Houston, TX Feb 01, 2016 $198,800
Lead Commissioning Engineer MMR International Ltd. Beaver, IA Sep 16, 2016 $187,830
Staff Integration and Commissioning Engineer Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Houston, TX Jan 04, 2016 $155,750
Lead Commissioning Engineer MMR International Ltd. Beaver, IA Sep 16, 2016 $146,090
Lead Commissioning Engineer MMR International Ltd. Beaver, IA Aug 15, 2016 $146,090
Testing and Commissioning Engineer Aubrey Silvey Enterprises, Inc. Stryker, OH Sep 18, 2016 $108,000
Senior Commissioning Engineer Alares LLC Quincy, MA Jun 02, 2015 $104,624
Senior Commissioning Engineer Alares LLC Quincy, MA Dec 17, 2015 $104,624
Commissioning Engineer Comau LLC Royal Oak, MI Jan 19, 2015 $104,000
Test & Commissioning Engineer Alstom Signaling Inc. Henrietta, NY Mar 06, 2016 $103,958 -
$125,000
Commissioning Engineer Siemens Industry, Inc. New York, NY Jun 22, 2016 $98,363
Test and Commissioning Engineer Alstom Signaling Inc. Fremont, CA Dec 01, 2016 $96,366 -
$124,800
Commissioning Engineer Sebesta, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 25, 2015 $83,000
Commissioning Engineer 3 Sebesta, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 02, 2016 $83,000
Marine Commissioning Engineer ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar, LLC Miramar, FL Nov 23, 2016 $81,515
Oil and Gas Audit and Commissioning Engineer Packet-One LLC Flat Rock, MI Sep 24, 2016 $81,203
Marine Commissioning Engineer ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar, LLC Miramar, FL Nov 08, 2016 $80,080
Test & Commissioning Engineer Alstom Signaling Inc. Fremont, CA Jul 28, 2015 $79,810 -
$98,925
Senior Commissioning Engineer Mag Automotive LLC Sterling Heights, MI Jul 10, 2016 $78,520

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Top Skills for A Commissioning Engineer

  1. Boilers
  2. Test Cases
  3. Mechanical Start-Up
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  • Experience with ERU, Geothermal systems, Cooling towers, condensers, Boilers, and all water handling systems.
  • Created test cases and samples for vision system OCR programming.
  • Provided mechanical, electrical, and control system performance verification through project-tailored test protocols and trend studies.
  • Verify system interconnections, develop full DCS logic automation, modify and develop graphics, and perform system function checks.
  • Worked with WIG as a commissioning engineer on the Power Line Carrier (PLC) of a 132Kv substation SKADA system.

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