Lead Mechanical Subject Matter Expert

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Facebook is seeking a data center Lead Mechanical Subject Matter Expert to join our Data Center Facility Operations team. Our data centers serve as the foundation upon which our systems operate to meet the demands of our customers. The Lead Mechanical Subject Matter Expert will be a part of the Facility Operations team and will lead and manage a team of mechanical SMEs who are the data center mechanical system technical operations experts. The candidate will need to have a broad understanding of mechanical system and equipment function and will be responsible for procedure-based mechanical maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, training, and project oversight. The Lead Mechanical Subject Matter Expert will need to be experienced in diverse technologies such as chiller systems, evaporative cooling, DX cooling, water distribution and treatment, emergency diesel generators, and fire suppression systems, and have a working knowledge of building automation systems and electrical distribution. In addition to a strong technical capability, this candidate will be equipped with leadership and management skills that will be essential for team alignment to global strategies.

Required Skills

  • Hire, develop, mentor, and manage an onsite team of mechanical subject matter experts, including performance and HR aspects
  • Ensure appropriate cross-functional collaboration between local mechanical team and applicable local and global teams
  • Serve as primary onsite technical/consultative resource on mechanical infrastructure systems and equipment, with emphasis on practical/field application
  • Author or approve work procedures to cover mechanical troubleshooting, repair, retrofit, and maintenance activities, with an emphasis on assessing & mitigating personnel and system risk
  • Conduct or oversee hands-on troubleshooting, repair, retrofit, and maintenance of mechanical infrastructure systems and equipment
  • Provide Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QAQC) oversight of initial campus construction, retrofit projects & maintenance activity
  • Lead and/or participate in root-cause analysis activities in area of expertise, specifically mechanical infrastructure systems and equipment
  • Provide training to Critical Facility Engineers and other cross functional teams on mechanical/fire & life safety/industrial water equipment/systems and procedures
  • Select and manage vendor relationships for mechanical maintenance and retrofit work
  • Provide feedback on global mechanical maintenance strategies and global mechanical system design improvements
  • Other duties as required to support the operation of Facebook data centers
  • Travel expectations: Can be significant during first 1-3 months for initial training/onboarding and then ongoing occasional travel for factory witness tests, collaboration, etc.

Minimum Qualification

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 7+ years relevant mechanical industry experience or mechanical trade level experience
  • Bachelor's degree in related field plus 3+ years relevant mechanical industry experience will be considered in lieu of 7+ year mechanical industry experience
  • Experience interpreting blueprints/CAD drawings
  • Significant experience in comprehending mechanical plans, specifications, and equipment shop drawings
  • Working knowledge of psychrometric charts
  • Working knowledge of critical facility operations with experience or understanding of procedure-based work
  • Working knowledge of electrical, and life safety monitoring and control systems typically used in critical environments
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative, cross-functional environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite - Word, Excel, and Outlook

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience managing direct reports or leading a team
  • 7+ years' experience in a data center or other critical environment
  • Trade Certification or state license in Mechanical (HVAC)
  • Equipment field service engineering experience


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