Electrical Engineer - Data Center - Field Engineering in Ashburn, Virginia

Amazon’s Data Centers are industry leading examples of innovation in the areas of space utilization, energy efficiency, and cost effectiveness. We are known for our speed to market and reliability. We are the global team responsible for the design and operation of critical industry leading Data Center facilities throughout the world. Our Engineers are on the forefront of creating and delivering the most innovative products to our customers; and are known for being a diverse and upbeat team that is changing the face of Cloud Computing. We continue to grow and are looking for individuals that can support our speed to market, enjoy a challenge, and have a desire for professional growth and continuous learning. Amazon’s work environment is unique in every aspect and offers an exceptional opportunity for the right candidate. If you are a creative, smart, and driven individual that enjoys working with complex problems, we want YOU!

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is seeking a Field Engineer with a Mechanical or Electrical Engineering background to become part of a global engineering team, responsible for the design and continuous innovation of our rapidly expanding data center fleet. As engineers at Amazon, we are responsible for achieving a world class uptime for our customers via our resilient designs and cost effective systems. As one of our Field Engineers, you will work directly with our Construction, Operations, and Commissioning teams at the Data Centers within your assigned region to analyze problems with the existing fleet and implement solutions specific to your region, and across the global fleet. You will be the engineering representative for each issue. Other groups will look to you for engineering based solutions.

We have worked hard to develop a large scale fleet of Data Centers and drive continuous advancements and improvements within our designs, and we will look to you to provide suggestions for improving the costs/performance/simplicity of our equipment and system designs. This will include reviewing existing designs and contributing your field experience to work with the Design Engineering team to develop new systems and equipment. In addition, as a Field Engineer, you will directly support construction and be a part of the process from site selection review through commissioning and, ultimately, site turnover. Amazon has a global presence, therefore, domestic and international travel will be necessary up to 25% of your time. Team work is absolutely necessary for us to accomplish our goals. You must be able to work within a team and depend on others to accomplish the required tasks. This includes working with internal groups as well as external suppliers and consultants, including utilities, manufacturers, vendors, and contractors.

If you have an understanding of the critical equipment needs for large infrastructure mission critical sites and equipment; especially data centers, and understand the constructability of varying designs, you may be a good fit.


The Field Engineer will be responsible for the following:

  • Understand the design and functionality of the Data Centers within your assigned Region

  • Provide direct influence over all designs for construction of new Data Centers as well as legacy Data Center upgrades

  • Drive the Design Engineering team’s standards and specifications

  • Work with internal teams to trouble shoot problems and conduct Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Corrective Action (CA) for design related problems

  • Work with local utility companies to understand and coordinate site utility requirements

  • Work with local agencies having jurisdiction AHJ to ensure compliance with federal, state and municipal requirements and building codes

  • Work with commissioning teams to properly test and validate installation, operation, and performance of electrical/mechanical systems

  • Define project scopes and provide support during construction phases

  • Review and approve equipment submittals

  • Support of Operations including failure mode and root cause analysis, maintenance and troubleshooting support, best practices, maintenance initiatives and operating procedure review

  • Interface with internal data center design teams, server hardware teams, environmental health and safety teams to promote standards that maintain consistency and reliability in services delivered

  • Travel for site review and conduct engineering evaluations, audits, and site launches

  • Work on concurrent projects in multiple geographical regions

  • Be natural self-starters who can manage project direction and milestones with minimal direction.

  • Have the ability to communicate and collaborate both verbally and visually with you own teams and a variety of highly interactive and experienced teams that form the Amazon Web Services infrastructure development organization.

  • Be a leader within the group as well as within other teams

  • Be positive and always offer creative, out of the box solutions

  • Have fun and work hard!


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering

  • 3+ year of experience with industrial or commercial field engineering in Mission Critical facilities.

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

  • Excellent understanding of critical Data Center equipment

  • Experience reading and interpreting Single Line drawings, construction drawings and equipment specifications

  • Organized and have the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines and budget

  • Possess leadership and problem solving skills

  • Ability to carry design concepts through exploration, development, and into deployment/mass production

  • Ability to produce analyses that ensure designs satisfy defined requirements, including predicted performance and power quality specifications

  • Possess excellent communication skills, attention to detail, maintain high quality standards

  • Must have fluent knowledge of continuous operating redundant electrical systems. Knowledge of cooling systems, air flow containment systems and building management systems a plus.

  • Ability to develop solutions and execute plans on complex projects

This position requires the applicant selected to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) eligibility and access. A US Government administered polygraph examination will be required. TS/SCI eligibility is not required to apply; however, the applicant selected will be subject to a Single-Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified national security information. Applicants with a current SSBI, SBPR, or PPR, may be eligible for crossover in accordance with ICPG 704.

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or related field

  • 5-15 years of direct experience with the design, construction, operation, or maintenance of mission critical data centers

  • Basic understanding of both mechanical and electrical equipment/design related to data centers (Including but not limited to: uninterruptable power sources, diesel generators, electrical switchgear, power distribution units, variable frequency drives, automatic/static transfer switches, chillers [air-cooled and water-cooled], pumps, cooling towers, heat exchangers, CRAHs, air economizers, etc...)

  • BMS/SCADA/EPMS Controls system experience (software and/or hardware)

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

  • LEAN Engineering experience

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

AMZR Req ID: 487037