Data Center Engineer

Durham, NC, USA Req #230
Thursday, November 19, 2020

The contractors shall support the facilities management of the customer’s raised-floor computer room environments. The contractors shall assist in developing and implementing facilities for both mainframe and open systems.


  • Site development and maintenance in support of the following: any approved customer projects for open systems, mainframe support, data cabling, vendor engagement, Business Continuity, and HVAC oversight for the various offices

  • All IT-related equipment installation, removal, or maintenance, along with any environmental changes

  • Analyze and make recommendations for all hardware installations with regard to the physical and logical constraints of the hardware requirements, utilizing state-of-the-art technology in network configurations and physical planning

  • Troubleshoot problem resolution issues.

  • Document the existing environment, including CAD drawings, and perform computer facilities space and environmental planning.

  • Analyze power utilization and impact on cooling capacity, resolve network problem situations, and manage ongoing configuration decisions relating to the physical layout of the supported network infrastructure system.

  • Recommendation of physical location and cabling configurations of the hardware and facilitates implementation.

  • Install single-mode fiber, multi-mode fiber, RJ45 Terminable, InfiniBand, and any other cables utilized in the IT infrastructure..

  • Designated work orders, as necessary, to modify the facility for installation of network equipment.

  • Install and uninstall equipment and provide status updates regarding the completeness of installation

  • Maintain equipment inventories on the customer SharePoint site

  • Update and develop specialized information reports as directed. Panel schedules would be an example of a specialized report

  • Configure, implement and provide training associated with DCOI (DataCenter Optimization Initiative) and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) asset management solutions.

  • Installation of mainframe and Open Systems equipment; to include all facility related activities, i.e. power, cabling, air circulation, etc

  • Develop detailed mainframe migration plans to include a step-by-step approach to the relocation and delivery of hardware systems and equipment to the computer room, according to timeframes and parameters established by the customer project schedules

  • Develop complete site preparation documents for designated raised floor areas. The contractor shall complete these documents using either Microsoft Word or Excel format

  • Process all documentation to request building modifications/alterations necessary to install and operate hardware at the proposed site. Documentation shall include power requirements, panel schedules, and scope of work.

  • Physically verify that all facilities are properly prepared, prior to the installation of hardware into such facilities

  • The contractor shall facilitate support activities which include certification of the following:

  • HVAC systems

  • raised floor load ratings

  • verification of communications cable distance specification compliance

  • placement of floor tile cutout

  • layout of chilled water lines and plan conformance to local codes

  • removal of floor tiles

  • physical movement/placement of the equipment

  • Execute on -site inspection of the following: electrical service (including panel loads, outlets, and power and grounding requirements), Uninterruptible Power Supplies, HVAC requirements (including humidity levels and supplemental requirements for equipment), security, and fire detection systems

  • Prepare the following: electrical service requirements, guidelines for determining power requirements and availability, guidelines for determining HVAC requirements and availability, guidelines for determining space requirements, guidelines for determining optimum configurations and layout, and guidelines for determining cable requirements and lengths Guidelines should be in Microsoft Word format

  • Verify the following: cable layouts, lengths, and labeling of cables, physical layout of hardware and cables in accordance with proposed configuration charts. The contractor shall document this information, detailing the IT hardware installation, in the CAPRS system

  • Pack, ensure, ship, and receive designated office/computer equipment to/from designated locations using a common carrier or other means agreed to by the customer

  • Execute installation of servers, routers, switches, etc., and all associated hardware, cable installation, and housing of equipment in cabinets, with the primary emphasis on safety

  • Capable of manufacturing various cables on short notice, with provided supplies


Minimum of 1 years of experience in Data Center Facilities Ops

  • Requires a bachelor's degree (4 years’ experience may be substituted for a bachelor’s degree)

  • Lifting or manipulating heavy equipment (Some equipment can weigh well over 100 pounds) and require manipulation with mechanical lifts or other similar lifting devices.

  • Knowledgeable of the setup and workings of a multi-platform environment, which includes knowledge of all types of mainframe equipment (i.e. EC12 Processors or latest processors), different types of DASD and vendors, tape drives, and tape silos


  • Capable of performing the duties described with minimal supervision within ninety-days from the start of this task.

  • Skilled in mechanical (hand tools, drills, etc.) and electronic (meters, oscilloscopes etc.) devices to perform assigned functions

The selected applicant will be subject to a background check and drug testing.

Selected candidate must be able to pass a background check and be eligible to receive a Public Trust level clearance. We will facilitate the clearance process, but the candidate will not be able to begin work until the clearance process is complete (generally 4-5 weeks).

VSE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Other details

  • Job Family Operations
  • Job Function Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Durham, NC, USA