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Principal ICT Engineer, AWS Data Center Design Engineering

Job ID: 2665778 | Amazon Data Services, Inc.


Amazon Web Services (AWS) is seeking a Data Center Principal ICT Engineer to join its design team.

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.

The Principal Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Engineer in the AWS Design Engineering organization has the ability to understand the customer demand as well as the technology & business opportunities that exist in order to lead the organization forward. You understand key problems, and propose and analyze multiple solutions to produce the most efficient, cost effective, resilient, and scalable ICT designs achievable.

The Principal ICT Engineer provides the global vision, rationale, and recommendations to leadership teams for challenging technical issues related to data center ICT design, while working on continually improvement of data center designs.

As a Principal ICT Engineer, you are a leader and visionary in your field, collaborating with and leading the work of cross-functional teams including: technical program management, product management, architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, supply chain management, operations, safety, security, finance, and legal. You will participate in external forums/consortiums to understand current trends and developments within the industry. You will be a leader for global ICT strategy and development. This role will communicate the technical decisions we make to Senior Management and will drive continuous improvements with our designs.

Key job responsibilities
Amazon's vision is to be the world's most customer-centric company, and this role is key to that vision. As a Principal ICT Engineer, you will be leading projects to ever-evolving customer needs for the continual development and innovation of AWS’ data center designs. As an ideal candidate:
• You understand the key aspects of legacy and modern data center ICT systems and how to incorporate new innovations.
• You are able to identify and solve technical challenges independently, while leading a collaborative team.
• You are responsible for continual improvement of internal design team standards and quality assurance
• Working with a team of architects and engineers, you are responsible for technical updates to our global data center basis of design & project specifications to drive standardization in the data center ICT designs.
• You lead projects with widespread impact on infrastructure design, innovation and implementation.
• You are responsible for solving technical challenges related to incorporating innovation into data center designs.
• You demonstrate ability to review business cases and analysis models including total cost of ownership and return on investment to select projects and designs.
• You decompose complex problems or new technologies or topologies to distill underlying risks and benefits, and identify straightforward and actionable solutions to reduce risk.
• You actively and aggressively grow and coach the engineering/architecture team through group forums and one-on-one coaching and mentoring to ensure development and promotion of the top engineers in the Design Engineering organization.
• You work independently and have frequent reviews with business leadership, other Principal Engineers and Sr Engineers across AWS.
• You understand which escalations to resolve independently, and actively facilitate the escalation of high-impact issues to senior engineering and business leadership.

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:

Austin, TX, USA | Columbus, OH, USA | Herndon, VA, USA | Seattle, WA, USA


• Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or other Related Field, or equivalent additional experience
• BICSI RCDD Certification or internationally recognized equivalent (e.g. CDCDP, DCDC, etc.)
• 15+ years of experience with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) design for industrial, commercial, or other complex technical projects.
• 7+ years (ICT) design experience in Mission Critical Environments.
• Ability and willingness to travel internationally/domestically.


• Professional Engineering (PE) Electrical License
• Experience designing projects to comply with Intelligence Community Directive (ICD)/Intelligence Community Standard (ICS) 705 accreditation requirements.
• Fluent working proficiency with AutoCAD, Revit, Bluebeam, Navisworks, MS Office Suite, SharePoint, and Procore.
• Direct experience in negotiating with regulatory agencies regarding departures from building code.
• Secondary understanding of physical security engineering systems, building automation systems, electrical control systems, and mechanical control systems.

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 $146,300/year in our lowest geographic market up to $252,900/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.