Entry Level Commissioning Engineer



$Dependent on Experience per hour



1+ Years

HVAC/R or Electrical School Preferred



Innovative Refrigeration Systems, Inc. is a locally-owned, premier custom refrigeration system company that provides a one-stop shop for our valued customers. We are proud to provide everything from custom designed refrigeration systems to upkeep and maintenance for our clients. Because of our continuous growth, we are looking for qualified new teammates who share our drive and vision.

Innovative Refrigeration Systems, Inc. is seeking to place a full-time Entry Level Commissioning Engineer. This is an entry level position designed to train a new graduate engineer in the field of computer controlled industrial/ammonia/large capacity refrigeration plants with the goal of preparing them to become a commissioning engineer within 5 years. New graduate engineers who are comfortable working with cars, motorcycles, farm equipment or other machinery will excel in this role. Travel in North America (United States & Canada) is required in this position. Advancement opportunities into field supervisory & design engineering roles are available for qualified and motivated candidates.  

Why work for us? We can offer you a career path and training to advance your career to the next level! We offer competitive salary, full benefits, substantial retirement packages (15% dollar for dollar match!), and growth opportunities to establish a career. Simply put, we are looking to invest time and money into developing the most elite team in the refrigeration industry. If you want to be the best in the business, this position is for you!

Company Values:

Our company focuses on four core values: Safety, Quality, Experience and Reliability. Innovative Refrigeration Systems not only meets the needs of our customers, but exceeds their expectations. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, and pursue ever-improving quality. As a full service company, our customers have come to count on our commitment to excellence in every system and service we provide.

  • Safety: Our company is one of the few in the state of Virginia that is OSHA SHARP certified which means we are a model for workplace health and safety. The safety of our employees is a top priority for us.
  • Quality: We settle for only the best, and our customers know when they work with us that they are getting the best-in-class products and services.
  • Experience: We focus on ensuring our staff have the experience necessary to thrive in their career. We do this by offering apprenticeship opportunities, our self-guided STAR training program, and by placing a heavy focus on internal training.
  • Reliability: High quality product from the start is critical in sustaining long-lasting relationships with our customers. From design, to construction, and continuing into service and aftermarket support, our team offers unbeatable full life-cycle refrigeration expertise.

What is a Commissioning Engineer?

A Commissioning Engineer is responsible for: onsite initial safety startup inspection/documentation, verification of all piping and instrumentation diagrams, operation of all emergency equipment’s functionality and installation per code, review/verification of sequence of operation for plants, electrical power safety system installation and operation per code, piping installation per code, ammonia and refrigerant detection systems installation and operation, dehydration/evacuation of internal piping systems, charging of refrigerants, and loading fluids into plants. Additionally, set up of all control valves, isolation valves, and sensors, programming of numerous equipment interface computers, testing/verification of proper sequencing, connection of these valves and interface computers to main PLC and HMI (large master computer). Testing/verification of proper flows and capacities of support refrigerant pumps, water pumps, glycol pumps, chillers, condensers, evaporators, vessels, separation vessels, expansion tanks, level controls, pressure controls, etc.

The Commissioning Engineer is the lead person responsible for the safety of the entire commissioning and support team onsite first and foremost. They are then responsible for the proper operation and verification of this process to ensure the safest and the most energy efficient operation of the newly started plant. Commissioning teams have between 2 and 12 engineers and support members onsite during this process. Depending on the size of the industrial refrigeration systems these plants can take days to months to commission. Team members rotate out for breaks on large projects every 10 days for 4 day weekends. During these rotational breaks on large projects the responsibilities rotate to different members of the team and goals are set by Commissioning Engineer. The commissioning engineer assumes complete and total responsibility of the project while delegating tasks to members of the team to handle different parts of the commissioning process and its implementation. Commissioning Engineer will be responsible for the training of customers in the operation and engineering of every newly started refrigeration plant.

Training Program:

  • 90-day skills evaluation/training/onboarding process in manufacturing facility, existing operating plants and new plant installations and retrofits.
  • Train and work with Field Service Managers on existing plants; construction foremen on new plants for 180-day period.
  • Continued training and development for next 2 to 4 years as team member of commissioning teams and independent worker at locations across North America to develop commissioning skills, management skills, customer service skills and engineering knowledge to advance to full commissioning engineer status.  Constant contact with office team is a requirement at this time and interface for inside support members is constant.  All written interaction is web based, email and paperless.
  • After 4 to 6 years begin leading the commissioning team of engineers responsible for new and retrofitted industrial refrigeration systems startup process in food, beverage, general industry, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and refrigerated storage facilities ranging from 500 HP to 10,000 HP.


  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or BSME, Electrical Engineering Technology or BSEE or General Engineering Technology or BSGE.
  • Willing and able to comply with a heavy travel schedule (10 days away from home with 4 day weekends at home).
  • Strong mechanical aptitude required; prefer past experience with hand tools, vehicle/motorcycle repair, or other machine repair (farming equipment, etc.).
  • Company is a tobacco-free workplace and, as such, no tobacco products are allowed during the workday on the jobsite(s).
  • Position requires a pre-employment drug screening, random drug testing, felony screening, and motor vehicle record screening.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • This position is a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment and regular drug testing
  • Position requires pre-employment background check and drug screening.  If you have had a DUI in the last 5 years, you will not be hired. Ability to climb 40 foot extension ladders and work on all types of ladders
  • Ability to operate scissor lifts, fork trucks, boom lifts, lulls, and other industrial equipment safely
  • Requires face-to-face communication and contact with others (face-to-face, telephone, email, or otherwise)


  • Retirement plan; company matches dollar for dollar up to 15%
  • Health insurance; company pays 75% of the premiums for employee/family
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Weekly pay
  • Competitive vacation & holiday pay
  • Supplemental insurance available (Aflac)
  • Short-term & long-term disability coverage
  • Accidental death/dismemberment coverage after one year of employment
  • Life insurance coverage after one year of employment
  • Employee referral incentives
  • Opportunities for advancement, professional development, training opportunities, and apprenticeship programs available
  • Discounts on cell phone plans, rental vehicles, and other company discounts for eligible positions