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Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer, AWS DC Mechanical Design Engineering

Job ID: 2658084 | Amazon Data Services, Inc.


Do you dream of working in a role where your talent with building HVAC and plumbing design and next-generation data center design can be merged? Do you want to expand your current knowledge of building systems while providing input from your previous experience? Have you ever wondered what it is like to be able to influence construction on a global scale? YES! Then keep reading….

In this role you will influence all aspects of Mechanical design, construction, operations, and maintenance for our global fleet of data centers. This includes fire suppression, fire detection, fire alarm, and mass notification systems, as well as fire-resistant construction and life safety. You will work with internal and external teams to define, design, detail, and document the various Mechanical features that our facilities require, using both prescriptive and performance-based design approaches. As an Owner, you will strive to ensure the Mechanical features of our buildings protect our people and keep our customer’s data safe and uninterrupted over the life of the building. We expect you to contribute your expertise to the continual improvement of our Mechanical design standards.

Primary responsibilities will be to perform and oversee project-related work, such as water supply analysis and design for fire water service to buildings, including coordination with utilities and fire officials to establish basic site infrastructure requirements. The ability to coordinate Mechanical system space requirements, supporting utilities, and equipment locations, and to provide detailed construction specifications for all Mechanical-related trades will be expected. You will typically be responsible for the preparation of detailed designs for HVAC, plumbing, and hydronic systems. You will review all design disciplines to ensure they meet the code requirements described in our design standards. In some cases, you will oversee and review this work and in other cases you will perform the work yourself.

As the team’s subject matter expert, you will ensure that contractors have the information they need to build our data centers the way we expect them to, and that our operations teams are well equipped to operate and maintain them as needed to meet our goals. As part of this role you will work with internal and external stakeholders, including design, construction, commissioning, operations, vendors, and other service providers, as well as local building and fire officials. You will be part of a global team, and you will be an integral part of our work to change the world through technology.

AWS Infrastructure Services owns the design, planning, delivery, and operation of all AWS global infrastructure. In other words, we’re the people who keep the cloud running. We support all AWS data centers and all of the servers, storage, networking, power, and cooling equipment that ensure our customers have continual access to the innovation they rely on. We work on the most challenging problems, with thousands of variables impacting the supply chain — and we’re looking for talented people who want to help. You’ll join a diverse team of software, hardware, and network engineers, supply chain specialists, security experts, operations managers, and other vital roles. You’ll collaborate with people across AWS to help us deliver the highest standards for safety and security while providing seemingly infinite capacity at the lowest possible cost for our customers. And you’ll experience an inclusive culture that welcomes bold ideas and empowers you to own them to completion.

Key job responsibilities
• Driving improvement of design standards and project approaches across the organization.
• Work with internal and external design teams to review designs in progress to ensure they meet established design standards, local code requirements, and any other requirements of the Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs).
• Be responsible for providing high quality Mechanical engineering advice on a wide variety of projects globally while working with local engineering teams to achieve alignment of designs and design objectives.
• Coordinating with construction, commissioning, and risk management teams to answer requests for information and value engineering queries.
• Be responsible for construction documents, code compliance, design and installation standards, water supply evaluation and assessment, testing, inspections, and submittal review.
• This position will require up to 25% travel.

About the team
o Why AWS
o Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. We pioneered cloud computing and never stopped innovating — that’s why customers from the most successful startups to Global 500 companies trust our robust suite of products and services to power their businesses.

o Diverse Experiences
o Amazon values diverse experiences. Even if you do not meet all of the preferred qualifications and skills listed in the job description, we encourage candidates to apply. If your career is just starting, hasn’t followed a traditional path, or includes alternative experiences, don’t let it stop you from applying.

o Work/Life Balance
o We value work-life harmony. Achieving success at work should never come at the expense of sacrifices at home, which is why we strive for flexibility as part of our working culture. When we feel supported in the workplace and at home, there’s nothing we can’t achieve in the cloud.

o Inclusive Team Culture
o Here at AWS, it’s in our nature to learn and be curious. Our employee-led affinity groups foster a culture of inclusion that empower us to be proud of our differences. Ongoing events and learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences, inspire us to never stop embracing our uniqueness.

o Mentorship and Career Growth
o We’re continuously raising our performance bar as we strive to become Earth’s Best Employer. That’s why you’ll find endless knowledge-sharing, mentorship and other career-advancing resources here to help you develop into a better-rounded professional.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Seattle, WA, USA


• Bachelor’s degree in a field related to Mechanical or an equivalent engineering degree in a related field with at least 5 years additional qualifying experience.
• Cumulative 10+ years of experience in design engineering or the construction industry, related to all aspects of Mechanical, including hydronics, air side duct design, and plumbing design
• Experience applying local codes, International Code Council (ICC) requirements, and other Mechanical industry standards, procedures, and methodologies.
• Experience with processes of design review, specification, development of design standards, and submittal review.
• Ability to read and understand construction documents for all trades (design drawings, control diagrams, specifications, etc.).


• Experience authoring white papers, technical documentation, and training materials
• Experience directly related to construction of data centers, critical medical, industrial, construction, oil and gas, or large-scale mechanical and power systems.
• Experience with performance-based alternatives to prescriptive Mechanical design.
• Advance knowledge of mechanical engineering systems
• Professional Engineering license, NCEES Record

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit

Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $128,600/year in our lowest geographic market up to $212,800/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.