Mechanical/Process Commissioning Lead

Metairie, Louisiana, United States

Job Reference 1243331

Location Metairie, Louisiana, United States

Industry Infrastructure - Construction & Civil

Function Commissioning

Job Type Contract

Date Added May 15, 2024

Airswift has been tasked by one of our major EPC clients to work as Mechanical Process Commissioning Lead in Houston, TX.

The M/P Commissioning Lead is responsible for supporting the project in the area of Mechanical and Process system Commissioning. The position will support all phases of onshore and offshore Construction and Commissioning, starting from the Define phase and continuing through the Execute phase. This role includes influencing the client to incorporate Commissioning-in-design at the Metairie office. Responsibilities include producing deliverables from Define to startup phases, working within the client engineering organization, providing input to the final IFC design, producing plans and drawings to support commissioning project scopes, and reviewing and applying engineering and vendor documents in the development of System Commissioning Procedures (SCP’s). Additionally, the position will review 3rd party procedures as needed for the project. During Fabrication, the position will make regular field trips to support site-based Commissioning Technicians’ activities, including participation in MC walkdowns and punch listing, audits of Pre-Commissioning checks (B check sheets), and participation in 3rd party activities (such as cleaning and leak testing). During offshore commissioning, the position may support the site-based offshore Commissioning team as requested. The position will also support the update of, and adherence to, the Onshore and Offshore Commissioning Logic Sequence (Part of the Shell CSU Commissioning Plan) and Preservation Plan (Transportation and Long-Term Storage). Ensuring the highest vigilance for Health, Safety, and the Environment is of utmost importance, which may include safety observations and interventions of unsafe acts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Produce Dynamic Commissioning Procedures for Mechanical and Process Systems, coordinating with the E/I Commissioning Lead to include this discipline in multi-discipline procedures.
  • Support the review, revision, and approval of procedures by the client.
  • Produce, or support the production of, the system’s Performance Test Procedure.
  • Attend FATs at vendor locations when required.
  • Identify Commissioning Spares for all project POs and order spares through the Procurement group, preparing POs.
  • Ensure compliance with engineering procedures, international codes, standards, and approved codes of practice as they relate to Commissioning activities.
  • Review Pre-Commissioning procedures created by 3rd party contractor detailed work packs.
  • Coordinate Engineering discipline transfer of data to the 3rd party Completions Management Systems (CMS).
  • Provide input into the overall project plans and schedules, ensuring it is possible to achieve agreed schedule (adequate resources and durations).
  • Review and comment on all vendor documents related to mechanical and process equipment including datasheets, GA’s, BOM’s, test procedures (FATs).
  • Support the site-based Commissioning team in the development of requirements and timing for materials, resources, and external services for onshore and offshore pre-commissioning and commissioning activities to ensure these requirements are secured.
  • Support the startup of the project through the client CSU and Operations team in the execution of Start-up activities and Performance Testing where required.
  • Maintain a focus on HSSE in engineering design and in the execution of field activities.


  • A degree/diploma in Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering.
  • Operational experiences as a Facility Engineer or Mechanical Maintenance supervisor are a plus.
  • Must have mechanical process systems knowledge for oil and gas facilities.
  • Preferably have offshore deepwater experience, brownfield and greenfield project experience, and experience with large/mega projects that required the utilization of an onshore fabricator with heavy lift to offshore.
  • A background in large motors and turbines is a plus.
  • Specific experience in upstream Oil & Gas systems is a plus.
  • Demonstrated successes in the delivery of commissioning and projects safely.
  • 10 years of work experience in the identified discipline.
  • 5 years of commissioning experience, with 3 years of offshore oil and gas experience a plus.
  • Able to read and interpret P&IDs.
  • Able to read one lines, understand control narratives, C&E charts, in preparation of procedures.
  • Experience in the preparation of System Commissioning Procedures (SCP’s).
  • Experience in Mechanical equipment testing, certification, and/or maintenance.
  • Experienced in digital Completion and Certification Systems.
  • Experienced in the review of 3D models.
  • Experiences in offshore operations are a plus.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Strong proficiency in Office suite.
  • Good understanding of all commissioning disciplines.
  • Can see beyond the boundaries of commissioning and view the project holistically.
  • Detail-oriented but can see the bigger picture.
  • Ability to foresee roadblocks and identify mitigations.
  • Maintains the “One Team” mentality and adopts a collaborative mindset.
  • Ability to work remotely and maintain productivity.

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