Data Center Engineer

Urbana, MD 21704, USA Req #241
Friday, November 20, 2020


The Computer Facilities and Environmental Branch (CFEB) is responsible for short and long-range data center space allocation and resource planning, mainframe hardware installation, and hardware manipulation of IT equipment in all of these locations.

The computer operations centers support the programmatic, administrative, management information, statistical application systems, telecommunications network, electronic messaging system, and computer infrastructure and telecommunications equipment for the customer.

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.


Duties will include 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.

  • Technicians will perform all IT-related equipment installation, removal, or maintenance, along with any environmental changes.

  • The contractor shall 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.

  • The contractor shall troubleshoot problem resolution issues.

  • The contractor shall document the existing environment, including CAD drawings, and perform computer facilities space and environmental planning.

  • The contractor shall provide analysis regarding 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.

  • The contractor shall recommend physical location and cabling configurations of the hardware and facilitates implementation.

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

  • The contractor shall prepare designated work orders, as necessary, to modify the facility for installation of network equipment.

  • The contractor shall install and uninstall equipment and provide status updates regarding the completeness of installation.

  • The contractor shall maintain equipment inventories on the customer SharePoint site.

  • The contractor shall update and develop specialized information reports as directed. Panel schedules would be an example of a specialized report.

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

  • The contractor shall plan the installation of mainframe and Open Systems equipment; to include all facility related activities, i.e. power, cabling, air circulation, etc.

  • The contractor shall 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.

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

  • The contractor shall develop 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. The contractor shall 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

  • The contractor shall perform 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.

  • The contractor shall 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.

  • The contractor shall 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.

  • The contractor shall pack, insure, ship, and receive designated office/computer equipment to/from designated locations using a common carrier or other means agreed to by the customer.


  • 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)

  • Due to the large number of equipment installations and projected incoming equipment, contractor personnel shall be capable of performing the duties described with minimal supervision within ninety-days from the start of this task.

  • The contractor shall be able to utilize both mechanical (hand tools, drills, etc.) and electronic (meters, oscilloscopes etc.) devices to perform assigned functions.

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

  • The contractor shall have adequate knowledge of telecommunication links and modes of data transmission, including all cable configurations.

  • The contractor must be capable of manufacturing various cables on short notice, with provided supplies.

  • The contractor’s expertise shall include installation of servers, routers, switches, etc., and all associated hardware, cable installation, and housing of equipment in cabinets, with the primary emphasis on safety.

  • The contractor shall have an understanding 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.

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
  • Urbana, MD 21704, USA