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Commissioning and Start-up (CSU) Lead

We are seeking highly qualified and experienced personnel to work as part of the Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion Commissioning and Start-up (VBME CSU) team. Commissioning and Start-up work will be in a range of systems including underground material handling and dewatering systems; paste plant systems; 12MVA Powerhouse systems; fresh air raise and return air raise systems and other ancillary facilities. Knowing what to do, and equally important, what not to do, is critical when confronted with daily unplanned events or circumstances during field execution of Commissioning and Start-up. Inherently by its nature and type of work, including first energization of equipment, construction in a brown field environment is a higher risk activity, and there is no room for improvisation.

The Vale VBME CSU group is responsible for: pre-commissioning (S2) tasks required to verify equipment / component integrity; and cold commissioning (S3) tasks required to verify logic and controls will function as designed and Start-up of the equipment. The newly constructed process systems have been divided into commissionable sub-systems consisting of mechanical equipment, piping, and electrical power & controls.  The CSU Group will primarily consist of Lead(s), CSU Technicians, and CSU Technical Support. Each group is supplemented with a construction team, a controls team and an electrical team dedicated to the CSU group.

The successful candidate will be responsible for day-to-day duties and deliverables as follows:

·       Responsible for implementation on a day to day basis of a strong health and safety culture in line with Vale’sSafety and Health and Environment management system.

·       Responsible for the management of an assigned commissioning group work on site.

·       Provide leadership on the project in the execution of the construction completion process ensuring that systems are mechanically completed, turned over and fully commissioned, ready to operate as per requirements of the Systems Completions Specifications.  

·       Provide direction and support to the Commissioning Technicians so they can plan for the execution of Commissioning activities week(s) in advance.

·       Ensure completion of Commissioning check sheets and related paperwork that facilitates turnover of a sub-system to the operating group is completed.

·       Report weekly into database program to report on pre-commissioning progress and bottlenecks on a sub-system level.

·       Assist in mitigation plans to overcome any schedule slippages resulting in identified pre-commissioning shortfalls.

·       Participate in weekly schedule meetings to modify the Primavera schedule so it accurately reflects the planned turnover date and tracks pre-commissioning progress.

·       Monitor completion of outstanding pre-commissioning punches and turnover readiness.

·       Communicate and work collaboratively with various project disciplines – including other commissioning groups, Commissioning support groups, Client's project engineering, QA and construction disciplines.

·       Manage pre-commissioning pre-walks to monitor construction readiness for turnover of instrumentation and electrical assets.  

·       Ensure the Commissioning Manager is fully aware of any roadblocks or shortcoming that will impact the group’s ability to start commissioning by the planned date.

·       Interface with the Client's Completions group to ensure construction check sheets are completed and in the turnover system.

·       Coordinate punch clearing efforts between the construction, pre-commissioning and, if necessary, the operating group.

·       Communicate and work collaboratively with various project disciplines – including other commissioning groups, Commissioning support groups, Client's project engineering, QA and construction disciplines.

·       Review project documentation to ensure the Commissioning scope is aligned with the construction delivery scope.  

·       Review RFI and MoC logs to verify field changes made by construction are accurate and approved.

·       Communicate and work collaboratively with various project disciplines including other commissioning groups, Commissioning support groups, the Client's project engineering, QA and construction disciplines.  

·       Supervise the completion of punch list items as it relates to mechanical work.

·       Review turn over documents.

·       Provide technical support to Client's commissioning team, as well as manage troubleshoot request from the team. Solve problems as they occurred on a daily basis.

·       Provide technical leadership and expertise to the Project team.

·       Provide leadership and mentoring skills.



·       8+ years of Commissioning/Start-up experience on large capital projects and industrial plant sites.

·       10+ years skilled trades professional with extensive work experience on large industrial sites.

·       7+ years combination of education, training and field experience such as Power Engineering Certificate or experience as a Control Room Operator for an industrial process.

·       7+ years Supervision experience on large capital projects (Superintendent or equivalent) with demonstrated skills in planning, coordinating, and overseeing jobs in a prompt & cost-effective manner.

·       Demonstrate proficiency in the understanding of isometrics and PID drawings.

·       Previous field level experience in an operating plant.

·       Previous field level leadership for field execution and testing experience on large projects.

·       Previous experience on the Client's led Commissioning efforts is seen as an asset.

·       Demonstrate proficiency in the use MS Excel & Outlook.

·       Strong Organization Skills

·       Strong Communication Skills, both Written & Oral

·       Comfortable working in a team-based environment while possessing the ability to manage and prioritize day to day duties and deliverables.

Voisey's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Working Hours
2weeks in 2weeks out rotation, working 12hr days, for the 14days on site and 1day for travel out (10hrs).
Contact Person
Emilie Bouchard
Accommodations are available upon request for all individuals with disabilities taking part in the recruitment and selection process.