Critical Environments Instrumentation Engineer - CTJ

Last updated 15 days ago
Location:Manassas, Virginia
Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft’s Cloud Operations & Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers our cloud services. As a CO+I Critical Environments Instrumentation Engineer, you will perform a key role in delivering the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's online services including Bing, Office 365, Xbox, OneDrive, and the Microsoft Azure platform.

Empower Billions!

Our infrastructure is comprised of a large global portfolio of more than 100 datacenters and 1 million servers. Our foundation is built upon and managed by a team of subject matter experts working to support services for more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in over 90 countries worldwide. With environmental sustainability and optimization at the forefront of our datacenter design and operations, we continue to grow and evolve as we meet the ever-changing business demands that hold Microsoft as a world-class cloud provider.

Be at the forefront of the action in CO+I as part of our global datacenter operations.

In the Critical Environments Instrumentation Engineer role (CEIE) you will have an opportunity to work alongside a dynamic team of industry professionals across the Information Technology (IT) and Critical Environments (CE) spectrum within Microsoft 24x7x365 mission-critical datacenters. You will be an Industrial Controls Systems (ICS) subject-matter-expert with accountabilities that include but are not limited to maintaining ICS availability, data quality, service and change management, reporting, and the security of all ICS systems and applications that monitor, control, host, transport, and deliver telemetry.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • You will collaborate closely with Microsoft’s local Datacenter Operations teams to maintain ICS high availability and security and provide hands-on escalation support, oversight, and guidance.
  • You will own site level ICS program and project management, and both govern and directly participate in the execution of initiatives related to ICS systems.
  • You will govern logical and physical access, approval, and permissions related to all ICS systems, networks, workstations, and servers that provide datacenter monitoring, controls, and telemetry. From assisting DC Operations with maintenance & safety procedures (via monitoring system outputs), to operating and maintaining these systems directly, you will be a steward of vital ICS infrastructure.
  • Managing, servicing, and governing Microsoft’s electrical and mechanical industrial control systems (ICS) to include servers, applications, networks, and device infrastructure deployed within Microsoft’s 24x7x365 mission-critical datacenters.
  • You will be the lead technical resource for these monitoring and control services, ensuring availability and telemetry for critical electrical and mechanical controls systems.
  • You will be the immediate technical resource and point of escalation for CE vendors for IC Systems.
  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal awareness, and communication skills will be pivotal in bringing your project management and technical abilities to life, supporting Microsoft’s future success!


Basic Qualifications:

  • 3+ Years of experience in an operational, mission-critical, 24x7x365 facility
  • 1.5+ Years of experience in the design and/or commissioning of Industrial Controls Systems (ICS) in datacenter critical environments.
  • 1+ years of experience with deployment, configuration, and troubleshooting of networks and the Modbus and BACnet protocols
  • Established understanding of Electrical Power Monitoring Systems (EPMS) and/or Branch Circuit Monitoring (BCM) and/or Building Automation Systems (BAS), and/or Battery Monitoring Systems (BMS)
  • 2+ Years of experience with the operation and maintenance of building electrical systems (Power distribution, lighting, grounding, fire alarm, security, life safety, and related controls systems)
  • 2+ Years of experience with the operation and maintenance of building cooling and related mechanical systems (HVAC, Chilled Water, DX Refrigerant, Evaporative, and related controls systems)
  • 1+ years of experience with Critical IT Equipment (e.g. Servers, SANs, Networking gear, Fiber distribution, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree or applicable field experience in Critical Environments, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, or Process Engineering
  • Knowledge of construction techniques and terminology including the ability to read and interpret blueprints, construction drawings and documents is essential.
  • Willingness to support a flexible travel schedule up to 50% (driving distance between facilities)
  • Ability to drive a personal vehicle as needed to transit to and from datacenter facilities in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C./Maryland area
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, non-business hours, or other scenarios required by the flow of operations


  • Project management experience with a focus on agile, lean or ITIL methodologies.
  • Ability to manage, prioritize and successfully execute multiple concurrent mission-critical infrastructure projects.
  • Working knowledge of contract terms, conditions, mechanism, and procedures.
  • Experience with configuration and administration of Microsoft Windows, Hyper-V, SQL server and associated security methods and best practices.
  • Experience managing vendors as a customer
  • Ability to manage, prioritize and successfully execute multiple concurrent mission-critical infrastructure projects.
  • Ability to balance competing demands for resources and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Proven ability to deliver projects on-time and adherence to deadlines.
  • Proven ability to motivate disparate teams both direct and indirect to solve issues.
  • Proven ability to apply clear critical thinking in complex, stressful situations.
  • Provide meaningful and timely reporting for weekly success metrics.

Background Check Requirements:

Candidates must meet Microsoft, customer and government security background screening requirements for this role. These requirements currently include, but may change, and are not limited to:

  • Microsoft Cloud Screen Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud Screen background check upon hire/transfer and every two years after that while in this role.
  • Citizenship Verification: This position requires verification of US Citizenship to meet federal government security requirements.

Security Clearance Requirements:

Candidates must be able to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:

The successful candidate must have an active U.S. Government Top Secret Clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) with Polygraph. Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. Failure to maintain or obtain the appropriate U.S. Government clearance and/or customer screening requirements may result in employment action up to and including termination.

Clearance Verification: This position requires successful verification of the stated security clearance to meet federal government customer requirements. You will be asked to provide clearance verification information prior to an offer of employment.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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