Share this Job

Rail Testing & Commissioning Manager (USA) - Expressions of Interest

Requisition ID:  237253

Requisition Posting End Date: 10/28/2021

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, procurement, construction and project companies in the world. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Today, we team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.


We are looking for expressions of interest in joining our growing US rail business at an exciting time for US infrastructure. At present, and over the coming months and years, our customers are committing to new rail infrastructure projects, and this gives a great opportunity for us to welcome new talent to the Bechtel family. We are looking for people who want to be developed and stretched into exciting and challenging roles within the organization. There will be positions in various locations around the US and Canada, so if you are up for a challenge, register your interest and let’s discuss how we can grow together.


Job Summary:

The Rail Testing and Commissioning Manager is responsible for developing and executing the Testing, Commissioning, Integration and Handover program for a Rail project. This includes the responsibility to drive completion of all the required test activities and deliverables and ensure physical assets, documentation and data is turned over to the end-user ready for commercial operations.


Early upfront execution planning will be required in this role to set the schedule and sequence of works, incorporating requirements and engaging support from multiple stakeholders such as the end-user Operations and Maintenance teams, Engineering, Construction and various other internal and external entities.


The Rail Testing & Commissioning Manager is responsible for preparing guidance documents, templates, plans and procedures for the project as well as lead workshops with operations and contractor teams to drive alignment.


Support for this role is provided through our functional ‘matrix’ organization with Bechtel standard processes, procedures lessons learned and best practices that can be incorporated into the project plan.



  • Leads the commissioning effort for a Rail project through direct supervision of staff, and direction of contractors to driving the test program to completion. This includes ensuring that the testing and commissioning program, handover documentation, as well as training and O&M, is planned and undertaken in a consistent way, cognizant of the customer and end-user requirements and local regulations.
  • Develops the Project Systems Completion and Handover processes ensuring the streamlined movement of assets and information from contractors, through testing phases, to the end-user. This will include developing and implementing new commissioning and handover execution plans/strategies, operational readiness strategies, plus guidance documents and templates, leveraging the standard processes that Bechtel has available.
  • Establish a clear division of responsibility early in the project between project entities (such as O&M/end-user, construction, contractors and external entities) for testing, O&M, training, and completion/handover.
  • Designs a commissioning sequence, logical breakdown, and test hierarchy to support project test activities, commissioning milestones and processes.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or college and 15 years of related experience or in lieu of a degree, 21 years of relevant experience.
  • 10 or more years of commissioning/startup experience.
  • The below items are typical and desirable factors that are taken into consideration when evaluating candidates for commissioning manager roles. It is understood that not all applicants will have deep experience in all areas mentioned but the experience of Rail commissioning processes and principles is a must:
  • Experience in managing testing, commissioning/integration and operational readiness activities for one or more medium-sized Rail projects. Rail systems commissioning experience (such as signaling, comms, TVS) is preferable.
  • Technical Testing/Commissioning skills in at least one discipline that enables technical input from day one of the programs.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in leading teams.
  • Experience in subcontractor management.
  • Experience/understanding of construction processes and concepts supervision and the handover of projects.
  • Working knowledge of the US rail regulatory frameworks.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.