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AECOM Data Center Mechanical Engineering Lead in Arlington, Virginia

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

Job Description

AECOM is seeking a senior Mechanical Engineer with experience on Hyperscale Data Center projects to act as Data Center Mechanical Engineer Lead . The job incumbent will be responsible for designing and overseeing the construction of mechanical systems for hyperscale data centers, including HVAC, piping and fire suppression systems. This position is based in Arlington, VA.


  • Act as the primary point of contact for clients, responding to their inquiries and concerns in a timely and professional manner

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with clients, regularly communicating with them to understand their needs and expectations

  • Coordinating with multiple disciplines and acting as lead mechanical engineer to ensure that projects are delivered within budget and on schedule while managing the mechanical team including HVAC, fire protection, plumbing

  • Develop detailed specifications for mechanical equipment, including pumps, fans, and air handling units.

  • Writing reports for internal and external purposes based on findings

  • Ensures discipline plans that are created to meet overall project team requirements for project scope and schedule

  • Stays current on codes and technologies appropriate to the mechanical, plumbing and fire protection systems related to hyperscale data centers

  • Analyze and evaluate mechanical system performance, identifying areas for improvement and making recommendations for upgrades

  • Provide technical support during the construction phase, responding to RFIs and addressing any issues that arise

  • Attend job site visits, project meetings, and commissioning activities as needed

  • Ensure compliance with industry standards, codes, and regulations

  • Evaluate and recommend new technologies and equipment to enhance system performance and reduce operational costs

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including electrical and mechanical engineers, to ensure seamless integration of the chiller systems with other data center infrastructure

  • Analyze energy usage, identifying opportunities for optimization and cost savings

AECOM’s Buildings + Places practice includes architecture, interiors, building engineering, workplace strategy, business transformation, asset advisory, economics and development planning, master planning, urban planning, and landscape architecture. With a range of expertise from strategy and design through project realization, we create better outcomes to grow economies, protect natural systems, conserve natural resources, make societies more equitable, and connect and engage people through innovative, sustainable design solutions. Our teams have worked on signature projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Park and Legacy Framework, to the new plan for the LA2028 Olympics, to industrial facilities for GE and Rolls-Royce, to headquarters and workplaces for NASA, Unilever, Sony Music, DirecTV, Box, Inc., and many Fortune 500 companies.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering plus eight (8) years of relevant experience in mechanical design and/or mechanical engineering, with a focus on data center infrastructure, or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Professional Engineer License (P.E.)

  • U.S. Citizenship is required for this position

Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering plus ten (10) years of relevant experience in mechanical design and/or mechanical engineering, with a focus on data center infrastructure, or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Extensive experience in mechanical engineering for data centers or other critical facilities.

  • Strong knowledge of HVAC, piping, and fire suppression systems design and construction.

  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with clients

  • Ability to think creatively and identify opportunities to enhance the client experience.

  • Experience working with computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) software

  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills

  • Experience with data center design and construction, including design criteria and industry standards

Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Relocation is not available for this position

  • U.S. Citizenship is required for this position

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10084408

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid