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Commissioning Engineer

The Commissioning Engineer plays a key role in the successful marketing, scoping and execution of commissioning, re/retro-commissioning, and energy audit projects in our Cincinnati office. Reporting to the Performance Group Manager, this individual will provide technical expertise, oversight, and technical management to ensure that the performance of buildings, systems, and equipment conform to design specifications. This person will also be engaged in marketing activities to support business development efforts and may have the opportunity to move into an office management role.

In an ideal world, the person filling this opening will have several years of experience doing this type of work, a professional Mechanical Engineering certification, and established industry contacts and relationships. However, KFI is prepared to hire the right individual, who may be less experienced and lacking these preferred engineering credentials – provided they have the other necessary qualifications. In other words, KFI is prepared to invest in the development of the right candidate.

The successful candidate will have a pragmatic and applied approach, enjoy working in the field, and effectively interact directly with customers and contractors. KFI is ideally looking for someone with Building Automation Controls (BAS) experience. Niagara Certification is a plus. Additionally, an ideal candidate will be familiar with Test & Balance, holding either NEBB Building Systems Commissioning Certification or something that is equivalent from other organizations such as ASHRAE. However, we are prepared to consider the right candidate who is not yet certified but committed to securing immediately their certification credentials.

The person filling this position will have strong attention to detail. The successful candidate will possess strong communication and influencing skills. This person will also be self-directed but thrive in an environment where consultation and collaboration lead to superior outcomes.

Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

• Conducts building performance evaluations and audits, including commissioning, re-commissioning, and retro-commissioning activities.
• Primarily executes Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) functional tests, including point verification and sequence tests. Will be expected to assist other KFI personnel in the creation of, or witnessing of, other systems tests such as electrical, lighting, life safety, fire protection, or plumbing systems.
• Actively participates in construction meetings. Directs commissioning meetings, recording action items, and distributing these to all key stakeholders.
• Performs construction inspections to ensure MEP installations conform to project documents.
• Works with Performance Group staff to develop reports.
• Acts as a Project Manager, including developing a project plan, requesting and securing resources, and keeping the project on track for on-time delivery. Also ensures that all project work is properly documented and reported.
• May be asked to perform staff management, including managing multiple Performance Group personnel working on their project(s).
• Assists in the performance of Test & Balance measurements.
• Assists other department staff in calculating building energy use and savings.
• Actively contributes to all aspects of the business development process (i.e., proposals, tradeshows/conferences, and customer meetings).
• Ensures that new business development opportunities are properly defined, scoped, and priced.

Much of our work is located in the Cincinnati area. However, we have a number of clients located throughout the United States. Generally, travel can be coordinated (i.e. not directed), and share this workload among our staff. We typically do not have to travel on weekends. All staff are expected to be able to travel, and up to approximately 25% of the work may require overnight travel.

Key Performance Characteristics

Understanding the Business
• Knows the business and the mission-critical technical and functional skills needed to do the job; understands the “KFI way” – our Mission, Vision and processes. Learns new methods and technologies easily.

Getting Organized
• Is well organized and resourceful; effective and efficient at marshalling multiple resources to get things done; lays out tasks in sufficient detail to mark the trail; is able to get things done with less and in less time; can work on multiple tasks at once without losing track; foresees and plans around obstacles.

Focusing on Action and Outcomes
• Attacks everything with drive and energy with an eye on the bottom line; not afraid to initiate action before all the facts are known; drives to finish everything they start.

Focusing on the Customer
• Identifies and anticipates customer requirements, expectations, and needs. Creates systems and processes that make it easy for customers to do business with the company. Ensures that customer issues are resolved.

Communicating Effectively
• Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across.

Influencing Others
• Ensures that proposals or arguments are supported by strong logic and a compelling business case, addressing all relevant factors. Identifies the agendas, concerns, and motivations of others.

Builds Relationships
• Treats people with respect; relates well to people regardless of their organization level, personality, or background. Encourages others to express their views, even those contrary to current thinking.


Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering is ideal.  However, KFI is open to hiring the right candidate who may not have a formal Engineering degree, but has done work that has required interaction with contractors on a frequent basis (i.e. someone who has worked in one of the construction trades), or has experience operating and troubleshooting building automation systems.


Recognizing the importance of this position to KFI, a competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.

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