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Meta Mechanical Subject Matter Expert in Altoona, Iowa


Meta is seeking a data center Mechanical Subject Matter Expert (SME) 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 Mechanical SME will be a part of the facility operations team and will be responsible for being the mechanical system technical operations expert. 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 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, fire suppression systems, and have a working knowledge of building automation systems and electrical distribution.

Required Skills:

Mechanical Subject Matter Expert Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as an onsite technical resource of mechanical infrastructure systems and equipment, with an emphasis on practical field operation

  2. Ensure appropriate cross-functional collaboration between local mechanical team and applicable local and global teams

  3. Contribute to mechanical safety program for site

  4. Plan resource, author or approve work procedures to cover mechanical troubleshooting, repair, retrofit, and maintenance activities, with an emphasis on assessing & mitigating personnel and critical systems and operational risk

  5. Conduct or oversee hands-on troubleshooting, repair, retrofit, and maintenance of mechanical equipment

  6. Oversee mechanical system configurations and component upgrades to ensure system integrity is maintained and that all modifications to existing systems comply with best practices, including change control processes

  7. Provide Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QAQC) oversight of construction projects & maintenance activity

  8. Lead and/or participate in root-cause analysis activities in area of expertise

  9. Provide training to Critical Facility Engineers and other cross functional teams on mechanical equipment, systems, procedures, and changes to include mechanical/fire & life safety/industrial water equipment/systems and procedures

  10. Manage vendor relationships for mechanical maintenance and retrofit work

  11. Provide feedback on global mechanical maintenance strategies and global electrical system design improvements

  12. Travel expectations can be significant during the first 1-3 months for initial training and onboarding. After initial onboarding, travel expectations are 10-15%. and then ongoing occasional travel for factory witness tests, collaboration, training, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. 7+ years relevant mechanical industry experience or mechanical trade level experience

  2. Bachelor’s degree in related field plus 3+ years relevant mechanical industry experience will be considered in lieu of 7+ year mechanical industry experience

  3. Experience in critical environments

  4. Experience interpreting blueprints/CAD drawings

  5. Significant experience in comprehending mechanical plans, specifications, and equipment shop drawings.

  6. Working knowledge of psychrometric charts and refrigeration cycles

  7. Theoretical & practical understanding of mechanical equipment & systems, with expertise in mechanical equipment design, maintenance, troubleshooting, testing, and/or construction

  8. Working knowledge of critical facility operations with experience or understanding of procedure-based work

  9. Working knowledge of electrical, controls and fire / life safety systems

  10. Experience working in a highly collaborative, cross-functional environment

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in data center industry.

  2. Familiarity with ASHRAE standards

  3. Trade Certification or state license in Mechanical (HVAC)

  4. Equipment field service engineering or representative experience

Public Compensation:

$110,000/year to $156,000/year + bonus + equity + benefits

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity:

Meta is proud to be an Equal Employment 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. Meta participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations, as required by law. Please note that Meta may leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in connection with applications for employment.

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