Shutdown Coordinator Jobs and Careers

Are you looking for a shutdown coordinator job? Read on to find out more about the jobs market.

Are you looking for a contracted or full-time shutdown coordinator position within the energy industry? On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about finding shutdown jobs, including details on the qualifications required.

Who employs shutdown coordinators?

Shutdown coordinator vacancies are advertised by most major energy, process and infrastructure companies. Oil and gas, nuclear power and mining are just a handful of the many sectors that require shutdown skills. What’s more, the global nature of these industries means you may be put to work almost anywhere in the world.

Typical employers include:

  • Operating companies (usually oil companies) that hold exploration and production licenses
  • Drilling companies with contracts to do drilling work
  • Renewables facilities
  • Power and utilities companies
  • Heavy industry and construction facilities
  • Mining facilities
  • A wide range of other major contractors and companies offering specialist technical services

How can Airswift find your next shutdown role?

Airswift is a recruitment and staffing company that understands the demanding nature of the energy, process and infrastructure sectors. We’ve helped talented shutdown coordinators find jobs worldwide for over 40 years.

With headquarters in the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as 60 regional offices, we’re a global entity and can help you find positions in countries all over the world.

If your job requires you to relocate overseas, we can also help make the transition as smooth as possible. We can provide support for travel, documentation, housing and more.

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What does a shutdown coordinator job entail?

In the energy industry and on large capital projects, planned shutdowns are a necessary part of day-to-day operations. These turnarounds are normally necessary within the scope of preventative maintenance programs, renovations, or refits of facilities. Shutdown activities may also be required when accidents, natural disasters, terror threats, or political upheavals occur.

When shutdowns take place, normal labor and equipment operations are suspended for up to weeks at a time. Maintenance activities may also need to be planned and undertaken during the shutdown period. A shutdown coordinator ensures this whole process runs efficiently, safely and smoothly.

Looking to get involved in shutdown work? Working as a shutdown coordinator requires excellent technical skills, as well as the ability to manage and oversee complex projects. Shutdown coordinators are in demand across the energy industry, and your skills and expertise could be used across a range of projects internationally.

Responsibilities for a shutdown coordinator typically include:

  • Ensuring all team members are safe as your main priority – this includes everyone from management to sub-contractors
  • Keeping the project on time - including the risk of mismanaged resources or overworking on unnecessary tasks
  • Ensuring budget efficiency - you will need to account for and include everyone’s time and energies
  • Command of logistics including the monitoring of internal and external workers
  • Review and evaluation including the collection of data metrics to improve business performance

What qualifications do I need to become a shutdown coordinator?

This is an advanced role requiring a good mix of experience alongside multiple qualifications and skills.

Essential qualifications:

  • Minimum HNC/degree in an engineering-related subject
  • Fully conversant with project management systems with extensive knowledge of shutdown, construction and commissioning practices and procedures
  • IT Literate (Excel/Word/Powerpoint etc) with experience in Management Databases
  • Several years’ experience in the energy industry

Essential skills:

  • Job planning and creating work activity schedules 
  • Good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills 
  • Excellent supervisory skills 
  • Computer skills in software systems 
  • Ability to determine job priorities, allocate resources to the highest priority assignments and adjust work schedules to meet changing needs 
  • Ability to network with various disciplines to best allocate available resources 
  • Develop customer relations 
  • Cross-border working mentality

To work offshore, you must have the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training Certificate (BOSIET). Many people do the course at their own expense before looking for work. In other cases, some companies sponsor new employees through the course.

Are you an employer looking for a shutdown coordinator?

If you’re an employer or hiring manager looking for talent to fill your shutdown coordinator positions, we can help. Airswift can take care of all details when it comes to HR such as:

  • Contract negotiation 
  • Background checks  
  • Drug screens

This will give you more time to run your business.

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Get started with your job search by uploading your CV on this page. You can also sign up to our jobs board to see open vacancies and receive job alerts for new shutdown positions. We look forward to helping you find your next job!


What other candidates say

  • “Individuals have gone the extra mile to ensure that my needs and concerns have been dealt with in a most professional manner. In my opinion, no company has conducted itself in a more professional manner than Airswift.”

  • “Whenever I had a question there was always someone there to answer it. My old company ‘forgot’ about me after I had started but, Airswift has always been there. I’m very pleased.”

  • “I have talked to several different agencies and none of them have been as great as Airswift!!”

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Shutdown positions we have previously filled:

  • Shutdown Project Coordinator
  • Shutdown Planner
  • Shutdown Planning Specialist
  • Shutdown Engineer
  • Shutdown/Turnaround Manager
  • Shutdown Inspector
  • Shutdown Team Lead
  • Lead of Safety, Shutdowns and Maintenance
  • Plant Shutdown Engineer
  • Fleet Shutdown Engineer
  • LNG Shutdown Engineer
  • Instrument Shutdown Engineer
  • Electrical Shutdown Engineer