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Critical Environment Mechanical Engineer



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Other Engineering
Atlanta, GA, USA
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024
In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day and we need you as a Critical Environment Mechanical Engineer.

Microsoft’s Cloud Operations & Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers our cloud services. As a CO+I Mechanical Engineer, you will perform a key role in delivering the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's online services including Bing, Office 365, Xbox, OneDrive, and the Microsoft Azure platform. As a group, CO+I is focused on the personal and professional development for all employees and offers trainings and growth opportunities including Career Rotation Programs, Diversity & Inclusion trainings and events, and professional certifications.

Our infrastructure is comprised of a large global portfolio of more than 200 datacenters in 32 countries and millions of servers. Our foundation is built upon and managed by a team of subject matter experts working to support services for more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in over 90 countries worldwide.

With environmental sustainability and optimization at the forefront of our datacenter design and operations, we continue to grow and evolve as we meet the ever-changing business demands that hold Microsoft as a world-class cloud provider.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.



  • Provides make-versus-buy recommendations to management with tradeoffs based on complexity, financial impact, quality, reliability, and time duration. Influences decision making with stakeholders working on similar products.
  • Displays deep knowledge in multiple technical areas and acquires advanced knowledge of industry trends, competitor products, and advances in various engineering fields. Shares knowledge with others on their team and helps other engineers understand and apply advanced concepts.
  • Creates robust, scalable, secure, and extensible designs and verification plans that account for current industry/competitive threats for the hardware engineering aspects of a variety of established, complex products or feature areas.
  • Develops and implements solutions to complex technical and/or design challenges that may involve multiple technical and business-related variables, and applies lessons learned to help develop future focused solutions to complex design challenges.
  • Writes internal device specification sheets and interprets complex details required to design and test various hardware features.
  • Independently develops drawings that contribute to the development of complex, new products or features using modeling tools. Provides guidance to other engineers on the use of fundamental features of modeling tools.

Testing And Verification

  • Reviews documentation to help ensure that the appropriate test requirements and improvements are included in relevant hardware designs and specifications.
  • Co-develops methods of measurement with appropriate partners for measuring features of new product technology based on newly created or modified verification plans.
  • Identifies new tools, test methodologies, and best practices for creating test cases.
  • Develops, reviews, and executes test plans for complex feature areas or products.
  • Creates external testing supplier or partner engagement plans, evaluates supplier or partner readiness, and captures supplier or partner knowledge for use across a product group.
  • Records test data and conducts complex data/statistical analysis to identify bugs, defects, or failures rates, advises other engineers on the use of predictive modeling software, and compiles reports.
  • Uses root cause analysis to identify complex problems or flaws that may affect a feature or product design change and identifies possible solutions.
  • Provides guidance to other engineers developing product features.

Project Implementation

  • Generates project implementation schedules, monitors performance against schedules, and helps determine resource dependencies for the hardware engineering aspects of complex features or products. Guides other team members.
  • Implements and tracks product plans that account for the user experience, enable customer/partner testing scenarios, identify critical requirements (e.g., function, quality, safety, reparability, and/or reliability) and are verifiable.
  • Evaluates and approves a variety of details of the reliability of materials, properties, and techniques used in production of large designs.
  • Identifies the most significant project risks at the outset of a project and develops plans to address those risks.
  • Communicates project progress/status within and external to the project team (e.g., to customers and partners) and escalates issues as necessary.
  • Suggests project areas that can support Material Change Review Board (MCRB) efforts to improve and react to production issues, as required within a project team.

Reporting And Documentation

  • Writes customized reports and functional specifications for an established product or product feature, based on audits and information from product development and verification processes. Reviews and provides feedback on other engineer's documentation.
  • Documents complex details about materials, components, and/or functionality for complex devices via accepted drawing release processes and highlights potential compatibility, safety, and compliance issues.
  • Accurately records and tracks changes to designs following established configuration management and provides guidance to other engineers documenting these details


  • Embody our Microsoft One culture and values.


Required Qualifications:

  • 7+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 4+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 3+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field
    • OR equivalent experience
Background Check Requirements

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:

  • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 8+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 5+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 3+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 1+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • 4+ years of mission-critical services work/applied learning experience (e.g., high availability assembly/manufacturing/critical infrastructure environments such as data centers, oil and gas refineries, hospitals, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, power utility generation facilities, or related fields).
  • Fundamental understanding of the International Mechanical Code and Uniform/International Plumbing Codes
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent experience with formal project management of large scale projects
  • Demonstrated experience with critical datacenter critical enviorment equipment
  • Technical knowledge in the operation of facility environments' various heating and cooling systems. (Centrifugal chillers, chilled water, adiabatic, thermal storage systems, Computer Room Air Conditioners, Computer Room Air Handling, etc.)
  • Experience with alternative, energy efficient water treatment methodologies and developing chemistry programs for processed water treatment
  • Understanding of maintenance & operation of critical environment backup electrical equipment. (Diesel generators, radiator, ventilation systems, fuel storage, distribution, & protection systems, etc.)
  • Knowledge of construction techniques, terminology, and documentation (Ability to interpret blueprints, electrical one-lines, construction drawings etc.)
Mechanical Engineering IC4 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $112,000 - $218,400 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $145,800 - $238,600 per year.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here: https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/us-corporate-pay

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations.

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