Overview / Responsibilities

Wood is currently recruiting for an Start Up Commissioning Engineer on a 5x3 rotational basis for the ExxonMobil project located in Iraq.

The contract is for 1 year, renewable annually based on business needs.

JOB PURPOSE:           

  • To carry out designated startup duties associated with the safe, efficient and environmentally sound startup and operation of utilities, process systems & machinery in accordance with the approved procedures
  • These duties include responding to emergency conditions, preparation of equipment for maintenance, housekeeping and proactive monitoring of the area and its equipment during the start up and early operations phase


  • Act as Area Authority (AA) in the Work Management System when required
  • Participate in process control system testing and safeguarding functional testing
  • Perform initial valve line up in accordance with approved Start Up Work Packs
  • Perform checks to ensure utilities systems are commissioned and available for use
  • Perform machinery startup and shutdown in accordance with procedures
  • Participate in Dynamic Commissioning activities, ensure synergy with start up sequence
  • Operations of the unit are within safe operating limits
  • Monitor all equipment in assigned area and perform basic care checks and report any equipment that requires maintenance attention
  • Prepare equipment for maintenance and re-instate when complete. Complete isolations in accordance with Work Management System requirements
  • Log start up operations information and submit daily progress logs
  • Carry out shift handover in a detailed and comprehensive manner
  • Deal with any out of specification material in accordance with procedures
  • Monitor all work within the assigned area and work with commissioning, maintenance, project and other personnel to ensure the activities covered by the permit are undertaken in a safe manner
  • Maintain a high standard of housekeeping within the operating area to ensure safe working conditions
  • Participate in daily Tool Box Talks with Start Up Team on specific activity to be executed during the day
  • Work directly with the local national operators to ensure the transfer of knowledge and technical advice during the initial period of operation, On the job training is being administered to develop the team
  • Interface with DCS System Engineer and I & C Technicians, ensure 100% compliance to WQ1Temporary Defeat (MOS & OOS) Procedures
  • Apply procedures to planned startup and shutdown and unplanned shutdown, perform procedure red lining when required
  • Encourages and develops the requirement for the use of detailed unit-specific startup, shutdown and emergency response procedures
  • Assists the effort to capture startup lessons learned
  • Report all incidents, follow up to prevent re-occurrences, conduct regular workplace observations and field level hazard assessment audits

Skills / Qualifications


Essential Criteria

  • Comprehensive skills and experience in Oil & Gas Process Operations
  • Strong technical knowledge supported by operations supervisory experience
  • Strong knowledge of process operations hazards and background in troubleshooting
  • Basic ability and experience with respect to equipment repair
  • 10-15 years of operations or closely related experience


  • Good understanding of work management systems , HSE practices and application in the field
  • Ability to read & understand P & ID’s and PFD’s
  • Ability to read & understand Control Narratives & Safeguarding documentation (Cause & Effect)
  • Knowledgeable of Project Completions activities and typical commissioning practices including typical Systems Completion
  • Knowledge and experience with Oil & Gas start up operations best practices
  • Discipline appropriate certification(s), or equivalent professional experience


  • Demonstrate excellent HSE behaviors at all times, and ensure that safety expectations are communicated and maintained
  • Good communication skills and assertiveness to intervene when work is being done unsafely or not per required procedure, recognizes hazards and takes necessary action to eliminate or mitigate the hazard
  • Maintains effective communication with all personnel at the worksite
  • Follows instructions from the Start Up Lead and Operations Supervisor either face to face or via radio