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Commissioning Shift Leader / England

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Location: England
Salary:£450 - £500 per day
We are supporting the Construction and Commissioning activities on a new build EfW plant.  We've been approached to assit our client in their searched for a Commissioning Shift Lead.  Insight to the role as below:

The Commissioning Shift Leader (CSL) is not a “standard operator” or a Team Shift leader of a plant that runs smoothly at 100 % Load. Experience as commissioner is required.

The Commissioning Shift Leader works under the supervision of the Commissioning Manager of the site and his deputy. The Shift team belongs to the commissioning team.

The Shift will be 6 days On, 4 days off. 8h/shift probably e.g. 6:00-14:00, 14:00 -22:00, 22:00-6:00.

The Commissioning shift leader will be involved in all aspects of the commissioning shift operation.

The plant is under construction and handed over to the commissioning team. The plant will start the hot commissioning at the first fuel to burners, the boil out and refractory drying, first fire with waste to steam blowings..., clean up and restart for the steam tests to turbines, Take Over Facility tests approx. 50 tests (as per Start up, Shut Down, from Cold, from hot, T2S control, Burner sequence, Maintenance during operation, Flue gas treatment.

Log book to be filled up during the shift

Shift routine with the Client Operators shall be hold 2 time/shift.

The Client team in the control room is under responsibility of the CSL : 4 to 5 person par shift : TSL, Operator, Maintenance team (during the day), Fuel and chemical handlers…

On site each hour the CSL will check the fire behaviour, the height of the layer, the risk of bridging.

The emission limit value and permitting is a major issue to follow while in Operation and incineration condition.

Fire fighting Alarm release, understanding of the Fire fighting alarm trouble shooting, report and Clients training to be supported by them.

Competent person to at least be able to go in the Electrical Rooms for Shift routine, following of the HVAC behavior, Temperature in the Electrical room….

All functional test (Take over tests is being implemented with the shift team and the commissioning team.

The CSL is able to extract a copy of all necessary curves of the operation of the plant to support investigation or tests record for the commissioning files, trouble shooting…

Then the plant needs to be controlled by the shift team.

The Client operators and STL (Shift team leader) is under CSL supervision and responsibilities.

The Project Manager hold the whole management of the project. The Site Manager is the deputy on site of the Project Manager.

The DCS is programmed by our DCS team permanently on site on a daily basis. Also there is 3 to 4 persons from the DCS contractor that shall manage the programming. No modification is asked to the shift leader and operators but any suggestion is welcomed.

The shift leader is taking care of the team organization, planning, night and day shift, organize the control room, organize the training and hand over to the shift operator of the Client in relation with the project Management and the Commissioning Management.

He also act during the Shift as Commissioning Shift Operator.

He is able to start the plant from cold, shut it down properly in accordance with the operating guide the plant from hot. He is able to answer and document the troubleshooting.

Support the work under Permit to work to confirm from the control room if the area is safe.

He usually protects the plant of trips by either organize the maintenance (preventive and corrective) during the commissioning till the take-over with the Client, or intervene immediately but safely when possible and necessary to avoid any plant shut down.

He follows the level of the drum (feed water tanks, demin tank, condenstate tank), pumps behaviors, Surperheating adjustment… and will be supported by the commissioning team and the design office.

The shift are 3 x 8 hours (5 shift Operators and lead),

The schedule minimizes the day of rest after a period of shift. 4 days between 2 shift.

The Shift operator can be on call during night and week-ends. Working Sunday, Week End, night…

Between each shift the event are written in the log book and the last shift is explained to the next team in order to have a full cover from shift to shift.

Transmission to the Client is on daily basis. Explanation of how the plant is running, explanation of the trouble shooting, recording of trouble shooting, incident etc.

The Commissioning Shift leader will follow the fire-fighting training of client’s partner (CIVIL WORK company) until they can manage, record and sorted the issue of alarms. Then this is being transmitted ASAP to the Client ops teams under contractor’s supervision and responsibility until the take over.

They will manage incident report in addition to the log book in the control room. This shall be transmitted on a shift basis as per the log book and the shift routine report.

In case of emergency, he give the order to stop the plant and protect the plant and persons.

He will conduct at least once per week a meeting with the shift team available and the Commissioning Management to address the incident of the week and provide his point of view of the priority of the operation issues to be sorted and the behavior of the plant.

The CSL is able to change some instrumentation, change a gasket, a valve in safe manner and in accordance to the H&S on site. Permit to work could be prepared by him when necessary and, when in safe condition, do not wait the maintenance team to do some activity that he can do or delegate to avoid the plant to trip.

CSL is responsible to resolve some minimum mechanical issues : change a strainer of a feed water pump or a valve, a gasket. Some help as mechanical, instrument and electrical team of the commissioning team and/or the Client maintenance and operation team that is available on site during the day but a minimum work shall be solved by the operator team in a safe manner.

However, it is expected that the Client operating team can be of some help. To be defined.

The period from the first fire to burner till the first synchronization to the turbine is approx. 2 Months. Then operability tests and reliability tests are supported by the shift team and conducted by the commissioning team.

The commissioning shift leader is the lead of the control room and the operation of the plant. Also the information shall always go through them and they can accept or refuse any action that is not scheduled or not safe in the interest of the daily schedule and priorities.

They can be Authorized Person (AP), Authorized Person or Competent person (CP) : To be precised latter.

The CSL will follow the Emission closely to avoid any breach with the law and the permitting.

Documentation available in the control room is the O&M boiler manual and the plant operating Manual, P&IDs, Operating procedure and Environmental Permit in order to operate the installation.

Transmission to the Client of how to operate the plant is crucial for to get the Client team to get ready for the Client acceptance (Take Over).

The CSL will help to the Operability test (or Functional test) or Take over tests, Trial operation.

They are to develop and maintain electrical progress including regular reporting to the Commissioning Manager

An understanding of Waste to Energy plant (process wide) is fully expected.

The Commissioning shift leader (Engineer or Technician) is liable of his work and shall be involved as the responsible of it in term of quality of commissioning.

The CSL shall be able to give clear instruction to the shift team, commissioning team and including Client team, to organize the daily or weekly action in accordance with the interest of the commissioning program.

Behavior including H&S rules is of main importance.


Qualifications for this project

Electrical accreditation shall be given prior to arriving on site.

A Minimum of CCNSG passport shall be held by the CSL.

Precise the knowledge and level if no electrical accreditation

Consignment of risk management systems:


Pressure (steam or other fluids)


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