Data Center Project Engineer


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We are currently seeking an energetic Data Center Capital Projects Manager/Engineer to serve as a technical resource within Amazon data centers. You will be part of a highly creative, efficient team tasked with tackling the most fascinating and challenging problems in designing, building, and operating Amazon data facilities. The Capital Projects Manager/Engineer is ultimately responsible for project oversight and review of all disciplines including electrical, mechanical, controls, and architectural. A fundamental understanding of these systems is required, as the individual will be expected to identify areas for improvement as well as act on data provided from other team and organizations. Ideal candidates will possess the ability to design, develop and deploy innovative solutions to address operational challenges. This role requires both independent contribution as well as the ability to work within mulch-disciplinary teams. The scope of projects will include but not limited to the improvement of electrical, mechanical, fire detection and building automation system. The Capital Projects Manager/Engineer is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of specific projects ensuring consistency with company strategy, commitments and goals.

If you are passionate about the Customer Experience; you think and act globally; and you want to contribute to the operational excellence of data centers then this may be the challenge you've been looking for! Only those who have worked within a data center environment need apply.

Responsibilities include:

Project management and oversight of construction related activities as they relate to modifying existing infrastructure for the purpose of installing new or to replace end of life equipment. This will include the ownership of the project scope, timeline, and budget.

  • Provide project management for specific initiatives aimed at increasing the resiliency of our data centers.
  • Electrical design and review of designs associated with the optimization of existing data centers.
  • Construction/project package drawing review.
  • Creation of project scope, request for proposals, and capital requests.
  • Total project quality including the creation of a commissioning plan and oversight of the execution.
  • Recording and reporting key metrics to team members and management.
  • Concurrently managing multiple projects associated with existing data centers.
  • Operational support including review of procedures, best practices, and maintenance initiatives.
  • Drive teams to perform troubleshooting and root cause failure analysis associated with equipment or electrical failures.
  • Work with contractors and vendors to deliver efficient and high quality project turnovers.
  • Be a leader within the group as well as within internal and external teams that support the data center.
  • Travel to datacenter sites for engineering evaluations, electrical systems audits, and mechanical system
  • Strategic and tactical management of capacity delivery within their region.

In addition this individual must possess the following abilities:

  • An ability and willingness to think outside of the box to find creative and innovative solutions to reduce costs with no impact on quality and reliability.
  • The ability to perform complex business case analysis to justify the project scope and present the justification to management in a high level review.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent work history with experience in project/program management.
  • 5+ years of experience in managing engineering design, construction management, manufacturing, or commissioning teams.
  • Understanding of electrical engineering best practices including breaker coordination studies, switchgear sequence of operation, NEC code.
  • Be able to read and interpret construction related drawings for all disciplines.
  • Possess demonstrable leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Be a motivated, highly dependable individual requiring limited oversight.
  • Ability to research new designs, technologies, and construction methods of data center equipment and facilities.
  • Ability to define data center system-level architecture, specify/document performance and equipment requirements, create/communicate conceptual designs, and create/maintain project documentation.
  • An ability and willingness to think outside of the box to find creative and innovative solutions to reduce costs with no impact on quality and reliability.
  • The ability to perform complex business case analysis to justify the project scope and present the justification to management in a high level review.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, attention to detail, maintain high quality standards.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain vendor relationships
  • Ability to prioritize in a complex, fast-paced environment
  • Quantitative analytical abilities
  • Proven problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent technical skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Direct and relevant experience in Data Center Engineering Operations, with a deep understanding of electrical and mechanical data center infrastructure
  • Track record for being detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to self-motivate and follow-through on projects
  • Experience with fast track design/build projects and or multiple significant upgrade projects.
  • Experience with large-scale technical operations or large-scale compute farms.
  • Knowledge of building codes and regulations including Life Safety, BOCA, NFPA, NEC, and OSHA.
  • Knowledge and experience with large-scale power systems.
  • Ability to follow accurate and complete support procedures, system documentation, and issue tracking entries.
  • College/Technical Degree or equivalent professional experience in Engineering, or Technical Project Management.
  • Some experience directly related to the design or construction of data centers.
  • Manufacturing experience and knowledge of LEAN principles is a plus.
  • Previous vendor negotiation and management skills associated with construction and project execution.

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.

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