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Houston, US

Function:  Service Delivery
Job Category:  Other

Commissioning Manager - ES&O

Wärtsilä is an innovative technology company known for being a forerunner in the Marine and Energy markets. Every day, we – Wärtsilians - put our hearts and minds into turning Wärtsilä's purpose of enabling sustainable societies with smart technology, and our Smart Marine and Energy visions into reality. Our ultimate aim is to provide increased value to both our customers and society. New, game-changing ideas and continuous improvement have been part of our DNA since 1834. Together, we can create new business opportunities and more sustainable future that we can all be proud of. 


We want to transition the world towards a cleaner future. By pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, we can make it work. We are always on the lookout for future-oriented talent – want to join the ride?


Wärtsilä’s Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an Energy System Integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering includes flexible internal combustion engine-based power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as gas to power systems. We support our customers over the lifecycle or their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 68 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.


Wärtsilä’s Energy Business is looking for a Commissioning Manager (“CM”) for the Energy Storage & Optimization business.


The position of Commissioning Manager (“CM”) will be part the growing Project Delivery Team and report to Manager of Project Delivery. The CM is responsible to oversee the Project Commissioning Plan, Internal Interface (System Engineer, Project Engineers, Project Manager, etc.), and Onsite/Remote Technical Support. Qualified candidates should have a solid understanding of fundamental electrical engineering, project management and construction principals, as well, as experience in high power electrical systems. This position will be a member of Wärtsilä's internal and customer technical Subject Matter Expert Team for ESS Products and Projects and will work closely with the following group: Software Delivery, Product Delivery, Project Management, Commissioning Manager and other various groups to ensure ESS projects fulfill customer functionality and contract requirements.


The ideal candidate will be a self-starter that can work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. The candidate should thrive in a fast paced, constantly changing environment while the industry and company go through substantial growth.


Preferred location(s) for this position is Wärtsilä’s location in Herndon, VA; Houston, TX; Emeryville, CA or remote in the Continental US.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Lead commissioning team at site or remotely.
  • Collaborate with the relevant team in the preparation and coordination of projects technical materials.
  • Prepare and finalize the Commissioning Plan.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to define and execute testing protocols to achieve commercial operation, based on market rules, local AHJ/utility requirements, and contracts.
  • Communicate commissioning plan and performance test procedures and activities with the client.
  • Prepare and maintain commissioning time schedule.
  • Organize start-up and tests of equipment within the scope of the contract.
  • Ensure that commissioning plan and performance tests procedures are followed.
  • Safeguard the compliance with EHS policies and minimize risks during commissioning. 
  • Ensure that safe commissioning practices are followed.
  • Ensure that all test results are documented according to Wärtsilä instructions. 
  • Manage integration of project quality documentation to commissioning procedures.
  • Maintain good reporting practices.
  • Ensure that safe and calibrated test equipment are used.
  • Ensure that all required documents are submitted and signed by the client for taking over of the plant.
  • Compile commissioning documents for submittal to the client.
  • Ensure safe and reliable function of the plant and equipment.
  • Ownership of administrative responsibilities including, but not limited to service reports, issue logging/tracking, job safety analysis, quality compliance.
  • Drive continuous improvement on developing and capturing technical problem solving. knowledge to enable other organizations to effectively resolve customer problems and inquiries.


Additional Job Requirements:

  • Familiar with lithium ion battery.
  • Familiar with relevant codes and standards for ESS and inverters (NEC, IBC, IFC, NFPA, UL, IEC).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate highly complex engineering, construction and operational issues.
  • Experience and understand in CAD drawing.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and carry 25 pounds.
  • Ability to execute many projects and tasks in parallel, self-directed, highly detail-oriented, organized and flexible.
  • Experience with utility scale energy storage and renewable energy projects and products (bi-directional inverters, various battery chemistries, PV, wind turbines, flywheels, etc.).
  • Understanding of Inverter, Converter, Transformer, Battery, Circuit breaker, Fuse, AC/DC power supply electrical equipment.
  • Understanding of utility generation project engineering, construction, and commissioning practices.
  • Applicant should be able to explain in detail the electrical principals of voltage, current, power, energy, charge, resistance, inductance, capacitance, DC voltage, AC voltage, single-phase, and three-phase power and other fundamental electrical engineering concepts.
  • Applicant should be able to read and understand drawings of electrical controls for industrial automation, switchgear control and protection, involvement with medium voltage equipment and networks schematics. Especially single-line, three-line, fire safety systems, and communication diagrams.
  • Knowledge of multimeters, oscilloscopes power quality analysis, harmonics and their operation.
  • Ability to configure and troubleshoot programmable logic controllers (PLC) and industrial electronic equipment (protection relays, inverters, BMS, etc.).
  • Experience with industrial control methods and SCADA systems.


Minimum Experience and Educational Requirements

  • BS or MS in electrical, mechanical or power engineering, or equivalent work experience. 
  • 5 years’ experience with renewable energy (Solar Utility Scale) and/or Energy Storage System, Power System Design, Communication Network, and minor Software.
  • Ability to travel to domestic and international project sites and/or vendors (Approx. 25 - 50%).
  • Location: Herndon, Virginia, USA; Houston, Texas, USA; Emeryville, California, USA; Remote USA


Contact person to give further information:


Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.


We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online: http://www.wartsila.com/en/careers/vacancies.


Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer. 

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasizing sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at www.wartsila.com

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