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Meta Fire Alarm/Fire Protection Engineer, Data Center Design in Pierre, South Dakota


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Facebook is seeking a Fire Alarm/Fire Protection Engineer to join the Global Technical Strategy (GTS) team within the Data Center Design (DCD) organization. In this role, you will provide fire alarm and fire protection engineering subject matter expertise and leadership for Data Center designs and systems with the goal of deploying concepts at scale in a global environment. Facebook’s DCD Global Technical Strategy Team is comprised of in-house engineers and architects working on the mid-stage technical evaluation of new data center building concepts, prototypes, and technologies. We also support New Build teams in first of kind execution. Our data centers are the foundation upon which our software operates enabling innovation for the company. Building and operating data centers the "right" way from the day they go live is synonymous with ensuring capacity availability and capital conservatism. The Data Center Design (DCD) team approaches facility design beginning with understanding the requirements of the chips on the server boards and then designing the facility mechanical and electrical distribution systems, along with all other building components, to ensure and maximize efficiency of our compute infrastructure. The ideal candidate will have strong independent work skills and a strong background in all aspects of Fire Alarm systems and Fire Protection typologies and components for Data Center/Mission Critical environments on a global scale. A thorough understanding of interdependent disciplines, such as mechanical, electrical, and controls, is strongly desired. This person shall be detail-oriented, possess strong organizational skills, and be a self-starter that can excel with little direction. You should be comfortable being the sole resource and resident expert for your discipline.

Required Skills:

  1. Provide leadership and technical expertise for the Fire Alarm/Fire Protection engineering discipline across the entire organization

  2. Be the Fire Alarm/Fire Protection lead in the technical evaluation of first-of-kind concepts and prototypes for Data Center critical infrastructure systems

  3. Contribute to global change management and standardization of Fire Alarm/Fire Protection related efforts

  4. Work with and direct efforts of consulting engineers, including authoring scopes of work and reviewing proposals. Collaborate with internal stakeholders and cross-functional teams to define project design criteria and standards for new design concepts

  5. Review, edit, and contribute to design standards, specifications, commissioning scripts, and Facilities Operations’ guides (MOPs, SOPs, EOPs, etc.)

  6. Support GTS team management in the development of project briefs, budgets, presentations, and complex business case analyses

  7. Participate in equipment failure or outage related incident Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

  8. Support unique emergency situations in real-time on an as-needed/as-requested basis

  9. Desire to explore new and cutting-edge technologies

  10. Travel approximately 25% to data center sites or equipment manufacturing plants, internationally, as necessary for engineering studies, systems audits, startup testing, Factory Witness Testing (FWT), and/or commissioning support

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. 12+ years professional experience in fire protection/fire alarm design, construction, commissioning, operations and maintenance

  2. Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field

  3. Professional Engineer registration, or European equivalent

  4. Experience creating technical standards for use within a portfolio of facilities and design efforts

  5. Knowledge of sprinkler systems, very early detection and sampling systems (VESDA, etc.), Lithium-ion battery considerations, etc., as related to Fire Protection/Fire Detection systems and Building Fire Alarm systems for data centers

  6. Knowledge of industry standards, building codes, insurance requirements, and safety standards including NFPA, IBC, UL, FM, and European equivalents

  7. Familiar with the design and construction process, including commissioning

  8. Knowledge of Data Center/Mission Critical facility systems

  9. Experience with trouble shooting and problem solving

  10. Experience with fire alarm and fire protection equipment specification and evaluation

  11. Experience providing solutions to complex projects under pressure

  12. Effective communications skills, fluent in English

  13. Familiar with AutoCAD, MS office, Bluebeam, and other industry accepted programs and tools

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. 8+ years or more directly supporting Data Center/Mission Critical design, engineering, and construction

  2. Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering or related field

  3. Experience with design and construction outside of North America or Europe

  4. Experience with published research or technical documentation

  5. LEED credentials

  6. Experience acting as owner or owner’s representative

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal 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. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at accommodations-ext@fb.com.