Commissioning Specialist – MEP

Summary

A Commissioning (Cx) Specialist- MEP primarily develops and executes a commissioning plan that effectively authenticates the operation of building systems and equipment in accordance with designer plans, specifications, engineered documents, and owners’ requirements. In practice, the commissioning process is the integrated application of a set of engineering techniques and procedure to check, inspect and test every operational component of the project from individual functions up to complex amalgamations. The role also includes troubleshooting, QA/QC of engineered drawings and specification, research/investigation, field survey, and report writing for tasks related to design and functionality of various system types.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Review of pre-design documentation such as an Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) or Basis of Design (BOD) narrative; documenting errors, omissions, or suggestions for improvement.
  • Development of the project’s Cx plan including identification of all project stakeholders, organizing and leading Cx meetings, and communicating roles and responsibilities throughout the Cx process.
  • Creation of the testing scripts for each system component included in the project’s scope.
  • Creation of the Cx action log including communicating and tracking open items with the applicable project team member.
  • Documenting the Cx process in a comprehensive final report that summarizes the commissioning process and results.
  • Identifying and make recommendations when enhancement opportunities are discovered.
  • Review of Testing and Balancing (TAB) reports and written correspondence when concerns or enhancements are recognized
  • Review of Operation and Maintenance (O+M) manuals for completeness, accuracy, and organization
  • Execute the project’s training plan in collaboration with the design engineer and Owner including documentation and tracking of training events to verify the plan is executed properly.
  • Interact with contractors, interprets design and specifications
  • Monitors performance of contractors
  • Interacts with clients or owners to resolve problems within the scope of the design
  • Performs routine calculations
  • Travel locally and out of town, sometimes on limited notice, when demanded by the project
  • Ability to work any hours of the day, when required by project

Other Duties

  • Providing review of engineered documents and specifications as part of MCE’s QA/QC process.
  • Participate in project design, coordination, or construction meetings and report meeting discussions and results to other team members
  • Be able to demonstrate experience and expertise in MEP systems included in the scope of work.
  • Field survey and documentation of existing systems
  • Review of internal MCE design documents at intervals ranging from pre-design to final construction documents including filling out QA/QC documentation and communicating findings to designers
  • Assist the design team with non-routine troubleshooting of installed systems
  • Construction administration tasks such as:
    • Review of equipment and system submittals/shop drawings
    • Answer formal Requests for Information (RFI’s)
    • Perform site observations with written report or punch list

Standards

  • Promote, use, and participate in the development of MCE standards
  • Review drawings and documents to ensure compliance with company standards
  • Follow, research, maintain, and update client design standards
  • Provide document reviews for quality control and coordinate peer reviews for adherence to internal and external design standards

Communication

  • Communicate all aspects of project document completion within the company and externally with clients and other design professionals
  • Coordinate internal team meetings and attend client design meetings
  • Communicate to the Project Manager team staffing needs, workload, changes in scope or additional services
  • Communicate with the project construction team to aid in clarification and reduce conflicts
  • Be sensitive to architectural goals and strategies until they compromise the engineering systems

Administration

  • Complete weekly time sheet
  • Complete monthly expense reports
  • Keep information clear and organized
  • Assist the Project Manager in development of project proposals
  • Develop an awareness of contracts, fee proposals, budgets, billings, staffing, scope of work and status for active projects
  • Initiate additional service requests with the Project Manager

Marketing

  • Interact professionally with Owners, Architects, Contractors, and other design professionals through written documentation, email communication, phone calls and meetings
  • Maintain positive work relationships both internally and externally
  • Make technical presentations throughout the industry (Design meetings, AIA continuing education seminars, Project presentations, interviews, etc.)

Personnel & Policies

  • Present yourself professionally for the work environment in both dress and conduct
  • Notify the Project Manager of any personnel issues and work to help resolve them
  • Follow all MCE Policies and Procedures

Leadership

  • Provide mentorship, education, and development to peers
  • Act as resource for questions

Responsibility To Others

  • Responsible for the entire technical aspect of the project and assist with project budget
  • Responsible to communicate to both the Project Team and the Project Manager
  • Responsible to notify the Project Manager of any major changes in project scope
  • Direct and delegate project work for Project Team, including coordinating with other internal disciplines

Skills & Experience

  • 10+ years’ experience working with and or/commissioning MEP building operations systems
  • Bachelor of Science from an accredited four-year college or university or a technical or associate degree with related experience and/or training required
  • Professional Certifications such as CCP, ACP, CxA or BCxP preferred; LEED Accreditation desired but not required
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Strong communications skills required; speak effectively before groups of customers, contractors, or employees of organization
  • Detailed analytical skills to review building automation graphics, troubleshooting equipment issues, and documentation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team yet function independently with minimal management
  • Must have a collaborative approach to resolving issues; not an accusatory or blame approach.
  • Proficient in:
    • The use of current technology, including hardware and software applications related to Cx and management of Cx (e.g. Office 365, Acrobat/Bluebeam, CxAlloy, and various construction management platforms such as Procore or PlanGrid)
    • Mechanical, electrical, fire protection, plumbing systems (MEFP)
    • Design and construction codes
    • Building Automation Systems (BAS)
    • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Be able to respond quickly to information requests

Growth & Leadership

Contribute to Professional Growth

  • Work on interpersonal skills and contribute a positive attitude to the work environment
  • Encouraged to have additional certifications (CCP, ACP, BCxP, LEED, etc.)
  • Keep current on design concepts through review of periodicals and continuing education (internally and externally).
  • Acquire 12 Personal Development Hours (PDH) pertaining to your discipline per year. Utilize this information to educate and train others within the company.

Personal Leadership

  • Have the ability to inspire, motivate, and coordinate within a Project Team
  • Encouraged to contribute to content and participate in internal design meetings
  • Encouraged to participate in technical and professional societies

Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; kneel; crawl; reach with hand and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; lift and or move up to 45 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in risk of electrical shock. The employee occasionally may work in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and extreme cold. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, occasionally loud.

The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the role described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.