Job Description



In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day and we need you as a Senior Critical Environment Mechanical Engineer.


Microsoft’s Cloud Operations & Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers our cloud services. As a CO+I Senior Critical Environment Mechanical 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. As a group, CO+I is focused on the personal and professional development for all employees and offers trainings and growth opportunities including Career Rotation Programs, Diversity & Inclusion trainings and events, and professional certifications.


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.


Do you want to empower billions across the world? Come and join us in CO+I and be at the forefront of the action!


Required/Minimum Qualifications:

  • 7+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 4+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 3+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field
    • OR equivalent experience.

Other Qualifications 

  • 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 Security Clearance.     Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. Failure to maintain or obtain the appropriate clearance and/or customer screening requirements may result in employment action up to and including termination.
    • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.
  • Citizenship & Citizenship Verification: This position requires verification of U.S. citizenship due to citizenship-based legal restrictions. Specifically, this position supports United States federal, state, and/or local United States government agency customers and is subject to certain citizenship-based restrictions where required or permitted by applicable law. To meet this legal requirement, citizenship will be verified via a valid passport.
  • To promote health and safety in the workplace, employees are subject to required health related screenings, such as hearing testing, which includes both baseline testing and annual retests, where permitted by applicable law.


Preferred/Additional Qualifications

  • 11+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 2+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 1+ years related technical engineering experience
    • OR equivalent experience.

Mechanical Engineering IC4 – The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $112,000 – $218,400 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $145,800 – $238,600 per year. Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here


As a Senior Critical Environment Mechanical Engineer, your responsibilities include



  • Provides make-versus-buy recommendations to management with tradeoffs based on complexity, financial impact, quality, reliability, and time duration. Influences decision making with stakeholders working on similar products.
  • Displays deep knowledge in multiple technical areas and acquires advanced knowledge of industry trends, competitor products, and advances in various engineering fields. Shares knowledge with others on their team and helps other engineers understand and apply advanced concepts.
  • Creates robust, scalable, secure, and extensible designs and verification plans that account for current industry/competitive threats for the hardware engineering aspects of a variety of established, complex products or feature areas.
  • Develops and implements solutions to complex technical and/or design challenges that may involve multiple technical and business-related variables, and applies lessons learned to help develop future focused solutions to complex design challenges.
  • Writes internal device specification sheets and interprets complex details required to design and test various hardware features.
  • Independently develops drawings that contribute to the development of complex, new products or features using modeling tools. Provides guidance to other engineers on the use of fundamental features of modeling tools.

Testing and Verification:

  • Reviews documentation to help ensure that the appropriate test requirements and improvements are included in relevant hardware designs and specifications.
  • Co-develops methods of measurement with appropriate partners for measuring features of new product technology based on newly created or modified verification plans.
  • Identifies new tools, test methodologies, and best practices for creating test cases.
  • Develops, reviews, and executes test plans for complex feature areas or products.
  • Creates external testing supplier or partner engagement plans, evaluates supplier or partner readiness, and captures supplier or partner knowledge for use across a product group.
  • Records test data and conducts complex data/statistical analysis to identify bugs, defects, or failures rates, advises other engineers on the use of predictive modeling software, and compiles reports.
  • Uses root cause analysis to identify highly complex problems or flaws that may affect a feature or product design change and identifies possible solutions.
  • Provides guidance to other engineers developing product features.

Project Implementation:

  • Generates project implementation schedules, monitors performance against schedules, and helps determine resource dependencies for the hardware engineering aspects of complex features or products. Guides other team members.
  • Implements and tracks product plans that account for the user experience, enable customer/partner testing scenarios, identify critical requirements (e.g., function, quality, safety, reparability, and/or reliability) and are verifiable.
  • Evaluates and approves a variety of details of the reliability of materials, properties, and techniques used in production of large designs.
  • Identifies the most significant project risks at the outset of a project and develops plans to address those risks.
  • Communicates project progress/status within and external to the project team (e.g., to customers and partners) and escalates issues as necessary.
  • Suggests project areas that can support Material Change Review Board (MCRB) efforts to improve and react to production issues, as required within a project team.

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Writes customized reports and functional specifications for an established product or product feature, based on audits and information from product development and verification processes. Reviews and provides feedback on other engineer’s documentation.
  • Documents complex details about materials, components, and/or functionality for complex devices via accepted drawing release processes and highlights potential compatibility, safety, and compliance issues.
  • Accurately records and tracks changes to designs following established configuration management and provides guidance to other engineers documenting these details


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