Lead Commissioning Engineer


TRC Companies, Inc.

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About the job

TRC is seeking Lead Commissioning Engineers within our Testing and Commissioning Services department in theLancaster, PA & Balitmore, MDarea. Travel throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania will be required.

With a staff of over 200 experienced utility and industrial commissioning engineers and test technicians, TRC delivers comprehensive, cost-effective solutions to safely put your equipment in service.

TRC is one of the premier national providers of testing and commissioning solutions in the country. Our staff undergoes extensive, in-house training, ensuring efficient project start up and adherence to your individual standards and specifications. We follow well documented procedures and guidelines to ensure safe and thorough planning and testing, so you can manage risk and safeguard ongoing operations.


  • Plan, coordinate, perform and document the commissioning of various utility substation protection, control and power circuits in accordance with TRC’s and Client’s requirements, budgets, schedule, and other project specific requirements and planning documents to ensure the intended operation and safety of equipment and personnel are met.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting and problem analysis (or the ability to learn) associated with protection and control systems and utility substation equipment, including but not limited to: Application Errors and Omissions, Drawing Errors and Omissions, Wiring Errors and Omissions, Settings Errors and Omissions, Equipment Malfunctions, Questionable Apparatus Test Results, Battery Ground Faults, etc
  • Participate in project meetings including but not limited to: kickoff meetings, planning meetings, progress meetings, lessons learned meetings.
  • Prepare detailed daily, weekly, and project completion reports and documentation that includes project progress, issues or problems, recommendations, test results and analyses
  • Assist in developing project specific testing and commissioning plans, energization plans, or any other assigned project specific documentation
  • Identify risks and associated mitigation techniques on utility systems and equipment. Develop a Site Risk Assessment to document all high risk construction and commissioning activities and to formalize the processes of circuit isolation and restoration in a manner that ensures no unintended operations of station equipment and protection systems and personnel safety.+
  • Make certain all applicable tests and/or commissioning activities are performed on every piece of equipment or system in accordance with planning and project documents. Make certain all test results are acceptable and permanently recorded, filed and distributed properly.
  • Develop detailed test reports of various types of electrical equipment. Review and approve detailed test reports of various types of electrical equipment.
  • Control Circuit Testing — Wire Checks/Point-to-point Verification, Functional Testing and Troubleshooting, Circuit Isolation and Restoration (Trip DC, Close DC, AC Heat and Power, Transformer Control, Alarms, SCADA, Relay I/O)
  • CT/PT Circuit Testing – Wire Checks/Point-to-point Verification, Functional Testing and Troubleshooting, Burden, Circuit Isolation, Ratio, Polarity, Single Point Grounding, Current Injection
  • In-Service Checks — Energization Planning, Primary and Secondary Phasing, Voltage/Current Magnitudes, Power Flow, Metering, Vector Diagrams
  • Microprocessor Relays — Familiarity with Software, Settings and Logic Application and Testing (SEL, GE, ABB, ZIV, Alstom, Beckwith, NXTPhase, etc). Perform isolation, setpoint testing, advanced logic testing, scheme testing (reclosing, breaker failure, pilot scheme, end-to-end satellite)
  • Examples of Equipment to be tested
    • SF6/Oil/Vacuum Breakers, Circuit Switchers, Power Transformers, Capacitor Banks, Bus, CTs, PTs, CCVTs, Wave Traps, Disconnect Switches, Surge Arrestors, Regulators, Reclosers, Cables, DC Battery Banks, Grounding, Generators, Station Service Transformers, AC/DC Panels
  • Examples of tests to be performed
    • SF6 Gas, Oil Sampling, Vacuum Bottle Integrity, Core-Ground Test, Insulation Resistance, Winding Resistance, Nitrogen System, Power Factor, Excitation, Sweep Frequency Response Analysis, Turns Ratio, Polarity, Dielectric Withstand, Motion Analysis, Operating Mechanism Inspection, Contact Resistance, Capacitance, Inductance, Impedance, Disconnect Jaw and Blade Alignment, Battery Strap and Cell Resistance/Specific Gravity/Load Tests


  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited school or University is preferred and 5+ years related experience with testing and commissioning services
  • Advanced knowledge of (or the ability to learn) electrical protection systems, including relay communications. Basic understanding of (or the ability to learn) AC and DC schematics, wiring and drawings, one line and three line interconnection diagrams. Understand design intent of all protection and control (P&C) circuits.
  • Advanced testing knowledge of (or the ability to learn) medium and high voltage substation and power plant equipment. Perform basic apparatus testing and interpret test results with supervision. Basic knowledge of and ability to learn test equipment specific software to accurately conduct and document test activities.
  • Advanced testing and commissioning knowledge of (or the ability to learn) substation utility protection and control circuits. Perform commissioning activities and interpret results with supervision. Basic knowledge of and ability to learn commissioning methods to accurately conduct and document commissioning activities.
  • Must be available for out-of-town travel of up to several weeks at a time
  • Must be available work flexible hours, weekends, overtime holidays and night work
  • Must have excellent verbal and written skills and be able to communicate and negotiate effectively with clients, agencies, and the general public
  • Must have strong PC skills and experience with Adobe and Microsoft Office programs
  • Valid driver’s license issued by state of residence and in good standing is required
  • Physical Demands — The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

TRC offers advancement potential and a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401k plan with a company match. For more information please visit our website at www.trccompanies.com.

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