• Senior Mechanical Engineer, Data Centers

    Location US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/30/2018 9:21 PM)
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  • Job Description

    The data center engineering team at Amazon.com is looking for highly technical and critical individual to solve the most challenging problems in our industry. Data Center Global Services is a global team responsible for the design and operation of industry-leading, large-scale, business critical facilities. Each team member is a highly motivated individual with demonstrated design and analytical expertise in mission-critical facilities. At Amazon we leverage unique opportunities presented to us by owning everything from the substation, to the server, and back to the cooling systems. We are diverse, upbeat, creative, team-oriented engineers and managers working on a daily basis to develop architectures and technology that are driving future data center designs. Amazon Engineers are constantly challenged to quickly deliver the highest quality and most technically efficient data centers in the world.
    Job Summary
    The Senior Data Center Mechanical Engineer understands key problems, proposes and analyzes multiple solutions to produce the most energy efficient, cost effective, and rapidly scalable mechanical designs achievable. Major Responsibilities are
    1. Understand the key aspects of existing data center mechanical systems to the extent that key sources of: high capital/operational costs, reduced efficiencies, high-levels of maintenance, security issues and safety risks can be identified as improvement areas in next-generation data center designs.
    2. Actively define, scope and participate in project & product teams focused on delivering innovations in next-generation data centers.
    3. Provide direct influence over the mechanical design and construction of new data centers and general capital endeavors.
    4. A strong understanding of business analysis and practices including Total Cost of Ownership and Return on Investment models.
    5. Create product & project specifications, requests for proposals, and capital requests.
    6. Work closely with hardware designers to optimize the interfaces between the IT equipment and the facility as well as understand the future trends and initiatives in IT equipment technology.
    7. Provide total project management and oversight of construction, including ownership of the project scope, timeline, and budget.
    8. Manage total product & project quality including:
    · The creation, oversight and execution of commissioning plans.
    · Conduct reviews of equipment and system performance with end-users during and after initial deployments.
    · Record and report key metrics to team members and management.
    · For issues that arise in data centers, drive teams to supply: root-cause analysis, quantify customer exposure, provide remediation, long-term corrective measures as well as ensuring these efforts are documented such that the issue doesn’t reoccur.
    9. Grows and coaches the engineering team through interviews, hiring and one-on-one coaching and mentoring.
    10. Plans and forecasts budgetary needs for the engineering group that support future projects and growth.
    11. Works independently and has periodic reviews with Principal Engineers both inside and outside the DCGS organization as well as management reviews.

    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related scientific field.

    • 5+ years of experience in the mechanical engineering design of power delivery systems, cooling plants, air handling equipment, and piping systems in data centers

    • 5+ years of experience with supplier negotiation and management associated with construction and project execution.

    • Experience with large scale industrial or commercial cooling distribution systems

    • Demonstrated ability to manage people across all geographies and time zones.

    • Fluency in both spoken and written English

    • Ability to read and interpret construction-related drawings for all disciplines including part/assembly drawings with dimensions and tolerances.

    • Ability to research new designs, technologies, and construction methods of data center equipment and facilities

    • Ability to carry new design concepts through exploration, development, deployment and mass production.

    • Ability to define data center system-level architecture, specify and document performance and equipment requirements, create and communicate conceptual designs, and create and maintain project documentation.

    • Ability to produce analyses and define validation tests that ensure designs satisfy defined requirements, including design margin estimation of power & cooling performance.

    • Experience analyzing large data sets to validate thermal and mechanical performance of critical data center systems as well as characterizing environmental conditions for use in equipment specifications.

    • 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.

    • Ability to perform complex business case analysis to justify the project scope and present the justification to management in a high-level review.

    • An in-depth understanding of heat transfer and fluid dynamics and an ability to interpret the results of CFD analysis.

    • Basic knowledge of structural design analysis as well as the shipping, handling, installation and seismic stresses that equipment must tolerate.

    • Basic knowledge of the minimum equipment safety and performance certifications required for data centers including switch gear and HVAC.

    • Switch gear and HVAC manufacturing experience and knowledge of lean principals.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • 10+ years of engineering experience in the design or construction of data centers.

    • Experience with fast track design/build projects and or multiple significant upgrade projects.

    • Experience with large scale technical operations or large-scale compute farms

    • Experience designing mechanical economization technologies

    • An in-depth understanding of structural design and an ability to interpret the results of FE analysis.

    • Project Management Professional Certification or training

    • Knowledge of building codes and regulations including Life Safety, BOCA, NFPA, NEC, and OSHA

    • Experience in the design, installation, operation, or commissioning of the following equipment is highly desired: chillers, cooling towers, CRAC units, chilled water loops, mechanical plant sequence of operations, centrifugal pumps, piping design, piping design installation methods, air handling units and duct sizing.

    • Demonstrable leadership and problem solving skills

    • Demonstrated attention to detail and maintenance of high quality standards

    • Experience with the design or operation of power-delivery, building management systems or building control systems

    • Experience in reliability engineering of power-delivery equipment, mechanical equipment and large scale mechanical systems

    • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role

    • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role

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