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Facebook Electrical Design Engineer, New Build Data Centers in Des Moines, Iowa


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


Facebook is seeking an Electrical Design Engineer experienced in the design and operations of critical facilities to become part of our data center engineering team. Our data centers are the foundation upon which our software operates with efficient ease. Building and operating data centers the "right" way from the day they go live is synonymous with ensuring capacity availability and capital conservatism. The data center design engineering team approaches facility design from the chips on the server boards to the facility mechanical and electrical distribution systems which ensure and maximize efficiency of our compute infrastructure. This position is full-time.

Required Skills:

  1. Collaborate with internal stakeholders to define project electrical design criteria and manage change from project concept to substantial completion in order to meet the business and technical needs of Facebook. Role also requires collaborating with external partners

  2. Interact and communicate Facebook requirements and needs to external partners, such as regional electric utility companies

  3. Manage consultants to implement the project design through concept, construction documents, and construction administration

  4. Provide construction administrative support to the project manager and consultants with tasks including, but not limited to, responding to RFI’s, issuance of technical bulletins, review submittals and shop-drawings, and conducting source inspections at vendor factories

  5. Develop and update the design standards and specifications for consistency and maximum system reliability

  6. Understand, develop and update electrical sequence of operations to ensure system reliability alignment with Facebook design philosophies

  7. Management of electrical OFCI program which includes review of BOM, spec compliance and travel to equipment manufacturing venues for Factory Witness Testing (FWT)

  8. Participate in and document the data center commissioning (Integrated System Test) for greenfield data center projects

  9. Provide and analyze energy efficient solutions to minimize power losses

  10. Travel to data center sites for engineering studies, electrical systems audits, startup testing, and full commissioning, as required (Approximately 25%)

  11. Participate in equipment failure or power outage related incident Root-Cause-Analysis (RCA)

  12. Provide guidance to design consultants, installation contractors and validate quality of installed works

  13. Assist in management of the Design Change Management Process

  14. Respond on an as-needed basis to emergencies

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, or related degree

  2. Electrical Professional Engineer registration, or working towards it

  3. Minimum of five (5) years professional experience in data center design, construction, operations, and/or maintenance

  4. Knowledge of medium voltage (115kV, 35kV, 12kV) substation design, mission critical power distribution, UPS, PDU, and Electrical Power Management/SCADA systems

  5. Knowledge of industry standards, building codes and safety standards including NFPA, UFC and UBC

  6. Familiar with construction process and cost estimating process

  7. Knowledge of High Voltage electrical safety programs and local regulations

  8. Knowledge of cross-discipline (i.e. Mechanical, Building Management Systems, Fire Alarm/Fire Protection, etc.) of complete critical facility systems

  9. Troubleshooting and analytical skills

  10. Experience providing solutions to complex projects under pressure

  11. Familiar with AutoCAD or Revit, Visio, Bluebeam, and SKM software

  12. Communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Electrical Professional Engineer registration

  2. Experience in load management at the operations level

  3. Experience on Data center or mission critical design, construction and operations

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at