Commissioning Superintendent - Water Construction


Portland, OR, US

Requisition ID: 171808 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Northern California District 

Department: Commissioning 

Market: Water/Wastewater 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

As a Commissioning Manager/Superintendent for Kiewit, you will play a significant part in the supervision and coordination of all activities associated with the startup and commissioning functions of our Portland Water Construction projects including safety, pre-commissioning, check-out and testing, and more. 

District Overview

Kiewit’s Northern California District is one of Kiewit’s leading infrastructure districts specializing in various types of work in the heavy civil, power, transportation, and water resource markets. Although most of our work is regionally based in Northern California, we also pursue various projects across the west coast. Our Northern California district has been extremely successful and have over $600 million dollars of work and plan to grow this region by $200 million in 2022. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about infrastructure and committed to the construction industry and seek a long-term career.  


This role will be based in Portland, Oregon. We have a few project sites the successful candidate will travel to within the region. 


  • Ensuring the SU business plans and project plans are developed for commissioning activities.
  • Oversee all required SU activities related to each craft during the precommissioning.
  • Oversee and direct SU operations personnel during the commissioning phase.
  • Oversee and direct performance testing activities during the SU phase.
  • Review commissioning package scope definition.
  • Review & implements SU staffing plan.
  • Maintain and update commissioning schedule.
  • Execute turnover plan with construction.
  • Manage and oversee the commissioning budget.
  • Ensure all SU personnel are site-specific trained.
  • Attend daily/weekly and monthly construction and project meetings.
  • Help to prioritize Punch List items (by system).
  • Oversight of Sub-contractor services as needed.
  • Approves spare part orders.
  • Management of all commissioning records including accurate Red-Line/As-Built drawings.


  • At least 5+ years of experience in a similar role, ideally in water construction
  • Must be a self-starter, highly motivated with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to quickly learn and understand various processes regarding Kiewit’s policies, procedures, and software programs. 
  • Ability to identify and resolve any problems that may arise. 
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong experience in Leadership, safety, negotiations, planning, and contract administration.
  • Manage OEM-Technical Field Advisor (TFA) support when applicable.
  • Ensure “Job Hazard Analysis” (JHA) is prepared.
  • Reviews, approves and directs daily operational plan during hot commissioning including pre-start requirements.
  • Ability to identify and resolve any problems that may arise. 
  • Prepare action plans to address gaps in commissioning schedule/plan.
  • Track, review, & approve-of all Startup Lessons Learned, Condition Reports & Best Practices.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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