Solar Commissioning Manager - Kiewit Power Engineering


Lenexa, KS, US

Requisition ID: 171469 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Power Engineering 

Department: Commissioning 

Market: Power 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Solar Commissioning Manager will work under the direction of the Commissioning Director and report directly to the Project Manager while on-site. The Commissioning Manager is responsible for all aspects of solar farm commissioning, including personnel safety, overseeing daily commissioning activities, reviewing start-up schedules, and communicating with the owner, management, and contractors. Promote and provide leadership for Safety. Direct and coordinate the daily start-up activities with vendors and construction craft. Assume direct responsibility for all components and systems integrity for completing contractual requirements with the highest degree of safety and quality.

District Overview

Our rapidly growing Power district, which includes structural, civil, piping, mechanical, process, process safety, electrical, instrument and control disciplines, is a multi-faceted division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on the EPC delivery model for power facilities. We offer a variety of engineering services, including owner's engineering, project development, detailed engineering and design, construction management and plant services. Our engineering teams bring power projects to life across North America in the following areas: 
•    Gas-fired generation  
•    Power delivery  
•    Environmental retrofits 
•    Renewables and new technology 
•    Water/wastewater 


We are a high-performing team of engineers and designers that develop projects through the project life-cycle engaging exciting projects throughout North America. Our staff leads the power markets engineering process and collaborates with Kiewit’s construction teams to approach construction-driven engineering with a focus on safe, cost-effective, and innovative designs that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.  


On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. Kiewit’s culture encourages training, developing your skills, and tailoring your experience and knowledge to allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. 


This position is located in Lenexa, KS with flexibility for hybrid work.


•    Develop Project Site-Specific Commissioning Manual
•    Read and adhere to Startup Administration Manual.
•    Develop and manage overall Startup schedules (P6, 90 Day, 3 Week)
•    Setup and manage Startup budgets and forecasting. Labor, subcontracts, STS
•    Coordinate between all parties involved with commissioning through daily and weekly meetings, i.e., daily POD meetings & weekly Commissioning meetings (Construction, TFAs, 3rd Party Testers, Owner.)
•    Coordinate with the Performance Engineering team on Performance Testing and Substantial Completion timing
•    Develop and administer the site energization plan(s)
•    Leads and insists on strict adherence to Lock Out/Tag Out Procedures (LOTO) and policies.
•    Monitor and operate generation projects in compliance with applicable NERC reliability standards while adhering to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) cyber and physical security measures at NERC registered plants.
•    Ensure that an organized documentation filing structure for all commissioning reports and documents is in place before starting testing and being maintained daily.
•    Review & implement SU staffing plan
•    Manage and oversee the commissioning budget
•    Coordinate with the customer Operations Center energization of circuits, as well as startup, shutdown, and curtailment
•    Coordinate with the customer Maintenance organization for PMs and CMs as needed
•    Prepare action plans to address gaps in the commissioning schedule/plan.
•    Track, review, and approve of all Startup Lessons Learned, Condition Reports, and Best Practices.


•    8 to 10 years of experience in commissioning and start-up PV solar plants
•    Thorough understanding of all aspects of solar PV systems and associated SCADA controls
•    Experience with Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is an added advantage
•    Experience working with AC & DC Electricity, PV Systems, Trackers, Inverters, and AC collection Systems
•    Excellent teamwork skills, foster a positive team environment through the collaborative decision making
•    Excellent Communication skills (verbal & written)
•    Experience working collaboratively with people and initiatives affecting multiple organization
•    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines and demanding customers

Other Requirements:

  • Regular, reliable attendance 
  • Work productively and meet deadlines timely
  • Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
  • Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
  • Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
  • May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.


We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

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