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Pre-Commissioning Lead

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Date: Feb 25, 2021

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 36209 

Job Category: Construction 


With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we understand that challenges are changing rapidly in every industry. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.


Hatch is seeking a Pre-Commissioning Lead with experience in heavy industry. The Pre-Commissioning Lead working both from the project office and project site is responsible for the overall planning, direction, organization, and budgeting of mechanical completions tracking (Stage 1), turnover management and acceptance, all Pre-Commissioning (Stage 2 and 3) work, to the highest safety and quality levels within time and costs constraints. Participates in the conceptual development of a commissioning project and oversees organization, scheduling and implementation strategy.


Principle Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for all safety planning associated with the project commissioning execution methods selection, with support of the Project Manager and Site Health and Safety Manager.
  • Responsible for scoping commissioning systems and planning the commissioning sequence.
  • Ensure commissioning systems are defined to a level sufficient for a level four schedule.
  • Coordinate with the client, project management, and project services in identifying required reporting procedures and formats for client and Hatch management needs.
  • Ensure commissioning systems are coordinated with construction work packages, engineering and procurement.
  • Ensure corporate policies and procedures are fully implemented.
  • Establishes project field procedures and objectives within corporate policies and procedures as necessitated by jobsite conditions. This includes, but is not limited to managing the implementation of the permit to work and Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedure.
  • Review and approve commissioning estimates, budgets, forecasts and schedules.
  • Review P&IDs, Flow Diagrams, Single Line Diagram, Network Architecture Drawings and engineering registers to prepare an execution plan and estimate to execute pre-commissioning and commissioning services and identify opportunities for project acceleration.
  • Ensure the necessary permits and licenses (notice of project, insurance certificates, workers compensation, environmental permits etc.) are identified and obtained prior to the start of commissioning activities on site.
  • Liaises with the Project Manager and the project core team of design engineers, procurement, planning and scheduling and other personnel and other personnel as required in setting priorities to ensure timely commissioning performance.
  • Develop site organization and staffing requirements required to execute commissioning activities within project schedule and acceptable costs.
  • Direct, monitor and motivate subordinate commissioning specialists in performance and direct activities as necessary to ensure project requirements are achieved.
  • Manage and coordinate supplier representatives to execute specialty commissioning work.
  • Establish the commissioning requirements for pre-fabrication and modularization.
  • Ensure that the Project Manager is informed of commissioning concerns.
  • Ensure adherence to all local regulations and statutory requirements in site activities planning.
  • Assist the procurement team to review contractual agreements with clients, suppliers, and contractors.
  • Liaise with client representatives as required to ensure shutdowns, relocations, tie ins and re-start commissioning are planned safely and in a timely manner with minimum disruption.
  • Recommend requirements for commissioning resources and strategies to meet the schedule in each area.
  • Participates in the labor studies, manpower sourcing exercise and the establishment of the industrial relations strategy.
  • Cooperate with the Construction and Operational Readiness Manager in the planning of transfer packages.
  • Coordinate the preparation and issue of the Commissioning Execution Plan.
  • Manage the setup and implementation of the commissioning management system.


Knowledge/Skill/Ability Requirements:


  • Demonstrated health and safety management focus in the commissioning phase of project delivery, and extensive knowledge of health and safety management procedures, safe work practices, and applicable legislation.
  • Engineering degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 to 10 years of previous commissioning management experience.
  • The ability to lead a team and fit into a team environment.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Experience using Visio or similar tools to communicate commissioning sequence, organizational charts and work flow processes is an asset.
  • Effective report writing skills, planning and organizational skills.
  • Able to communicate directly with the client on key issues.
  • Extensive knowledge of all phases of commissioning operations relating to field activities of all engineering disciplines, commissioning and maintenance practices, procedures and techniques, and applicable codes and standards.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of equipment, tools, and technologies used in commissioning.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of testing procedures, methodologies, technologies and standards used in commissioning.
  • Well-developed business and management principles related to strategic planning, resource allocation, production methods, leadership and coordination of people and resources.
  • A good, completions-oriented attitude.
  • Setup experience with a completions management system is an asset.
  • This role requires travel to the project site on a FIFO basis.



We are committed to fostering a workforce in each of our locations that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other protected status. If you have any special needs requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation. 

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