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Senior Data Center Engineer

Data Center, Engineering
San Francisco, California |
Sunnyvale, California

About the Role

The Metal team provides on-premise and cloud data center infrastructure to keep Uber's services running. Metal builds the foundational layer for Uber's products (e.g. rideshare, food delivery, freights, etc.) to operate within our data centers.

The Data Center Engineering team provides on-premise data center physical infrastructure, which includes cooling, power and structured cabling. The Data Center Engineering team is a nimble and efficient team of engineers focused on delivering data centers and maintaining uptime.

Data Center Engineering, Strategic Engineering

  • Collaborate with Hardware and Network Engineering to understand future structured cable requirements and deployments
  • Collaborate with internal teams to develop standards for structured cable systems and topology
  • Drive structured cable innovation within Uber's data centers and across the industry
  • Review structured cable designs for feasibility & operational uptime
  • Prepare cost analysis and business cases for structured cable build-outs, retrofits and infrastructure improvement

Data Center Engineering, Design & Build-Out

  • Prepare conceptual design documents illustrating structured cabling & networking systems and topology requirements
  • Prepare structured cabling & networking system design criteria and specifications for data center build-outs
  • Assist with preparation of detailed structured cable design documents and specifications for competitive pricing, permitting and build-out
  • Travel to data center sites to oversee structured cabling system build-out, testing and network turn-up
  • Review structured cable test scripts, procedures, and results
  • Assist in managing relationships with data center service providers, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers

Data Center Engineering, Technical Operations

  • Collaborate with the on-site data center operation teams to improve workflow efficiency of structured & patch cable system testing & troubleshooting
  • Support and collaborate with partner teams to assist with network connectivity outages
  • Review and develop Method of Procedures & Change Management Requests and communicate activities with potential impacts to external and internal teams
  • Participate in incident review meetings, root cause analysis investigations and discussions
  • Respond as-needed during data center outages and incidents
  • Review operation configurations in compliance with SLAs
  • Review with partner teams and reliability engineering to ensure continued service delivery during structured cable retrofits and maintenance
  • Travel to data center sites for system audits, engineering studies, as-built updates and testing

---- Basic Qualifications ----


  • B.S. in mechanical, electrical or architectural engineering degree
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in data center design, construction and operations (RCDD is preferred)
  • Strong communication, organization, and project management skills
  • Ability to self-serve, investigate, and execute with minimal instruction
  • Mid level domain experience
  • Structured Cabling & Networking Distribution: Basics of all layers plus cabling, optics and supporting infrastructure
  • Understanding of mission critical structured cabling distribution that coincides with network topologies
  • Understanding of various components within structured cabling systems and design
  • Knowledge of industry standards, BICSI and RCDD standards
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD (or Revit)
  • Posses cross functional knowledge of mission critical systems, strong troubleshooting and analytical skills
  • Exposure to load management within mission critical facilities


  • Travel to data center sites 20% to 25%
  • Collaborate and work with internal teams, Data Center Engineering staff, and carry out responsibilities with guidance from senior staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to streamline the communication process for greater efficiency between teams
  • Aspiration and desire to improve efficiency of structured cable systems
  • Ability to self-serve, investigate, and execute with minimal instruction
  • Strong crisis management, problem solving skills, and ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work flexible hours and be accessible 7x24

Entry level domain experience

Cooling: Theory, methods and efficiency (PUE)

  • Understanding and working knowledge of mechanical air-side and water-side systems for mission critical environments and various data center HVAC topologies
  • Understanding of mechanical design and operational changes with varying rack power density
  • Knowledge of industry standards, ASHRAE, mechanical / building codes, energy codes (e.g. Title 24), and life safety standards (e.g. NFPA)

Power Distribution: Three-phase, conditioning, and distribution from utility to chip

  • Understanding of mission critical power distribution, UPS, PDU and various data center electrical topologies
  • Understanding of electrical design and operational changes with varying rack power density
  • Knowledge of industry standards, NEC, building codes, energy codes (e.g. Title 24), and life safety fire alarm standards (e.g. NFPA)

Data Hall: Rack layout optimization

DCIM: Monitoring protocols, data analysis and reporting

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