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Data Center Construction Projects – Experienced Pros in High Demand!!

by Peter Kazella on 11/06/17

Data Center Construction Projects – Experienced Pros in High Demand!!

Anyone with their pulse on the data center market knows not a week goes by without an announcement about some new data center building project. The titans of tech continue their hyper scale site buildouts all across the country as well as Data Center Co-lo’s in primary and secondary markets that need to answer the demands of edge computing.

Data Center Construction is a very niche space and most companies have a prerequisite that candidates have previous experience with multiple data center build projects, typically in the $25-200MM range. While many of these projects are new build facilities, there are also many projects that involve building additional space to existing facilities and the newer trend of building pre-fabricated modular data centers.

If you are a data center construction professional reading this you already know the travel schedule for a data center project manager is not for the faint of heart.  Be prepared to spend as much as three consecutive weeks on the job site with one week working from home or a four day week with three days back home.  Many clients offer a generous travel stipend and many will work with your schedule if they feel you’re a top level candidate.

With the record number of data centers being built, there’s lots of areas to consider when making a career change within this field.

If you have data center build experience, it is highly recommended that you create a project list sheet as an addendum to your resume. Keep it basic but include the following information - name of the client, (as long as you don’t have an NDA), date of projects, brief description of the project, its overall budget, and any cost savings or accomplishments regarding that project.  This will go a long way in helping hiring managers determine if you are qualified.  

Peter Kazella & Associates, Inc dba Pkaza- Critical Facilities Recruiting  works with many Data Center Construction clients which include End Users, GC’s and Owner’s Rep firms.  They have hiring needs in the following areas - Estimators, Project Managers, Project Engineers, MEP Superintendents and Owner’s Reps.  

Let’s have an exploratory conversation if you are on the market or just want to test the waters to see the opportunities that are out there.  Please email Peter@pkaza.com.  You can also visit our website www.pkaza.com to search our data center construction jobs.

Career Progression for a Field Service Technician in the Data Center Space

by Peter Kazella on 05/26/17

 

Field Service Technicians serve as a vital component to the sustenance of Data Center Facilities. As rewarding as a career in field service can be, it can also open a lot of doors to other career opportunities in the data center space. 

As the Leading Recruiting and Staffing firm in the Data Center space for over 10 years, Pkaza has developed a keen understanding of the critical facilities field service sector. This domain comprises those field service technicians, or as we like to refer to them, “road warriors”, who service the critical power and cooling infrastructure so vital to the 24x7 uptime of data centers. These positions call for specialized, detail-driven individuals. These technicians like to work independently, don’t mind the windshield time of traveling between customer accounts, and perhaps most importantly, take pride in being a subject matter expert on the equipment they have spent hours learning to service. Ultimately, this experience lends itself to a realm of career-growth opportunities.

3 Paths of a Field Tech

Field Service Manager: Field Service Managers serve a supervisory role to the team of technicians performing installation and maintenance of the various data center equipment. As a manager, you will serve as an authority for your team and be responsible for scheduling site visits, hiring and training staff, serving as the point of contact for your client, as well as creating and modifying installation and maintenance operational procedures. Given your background and experience, managers also support the sales team by serving as the technical subject matter expert. Ultimately, a managerial position will provide you with various benefits, including a compensation package that reflects your increased responsibilities.

Commissioning Agent: Data Center Commissioning is a discipline that involves testing equipment, writing scripts, and ensuring proper functionality of the equipment prior to the data center going live. Currently, there is a high demand for commissioning agents which is propelled by a boom in data center construction. These positions require sound technical writing as well as the ability to provide intense attention to detail. Becoming a commissioning agent will also give you the freedom to travel (for those with road warrior left in their blood), albeit on a more scheduled basis.

Data Center Facilities Operations: Critical Facility Technicians utilize many of the same skills learned in the field, only with a centralized focused on the entire data center system. Your many years in the data center environment coupled with your expertise in the area of either power or cooling equipment will make you an excellent candidate for this type of role. Furthermore, a background in following SOPs and MOPs will be a huge asset as you learn the process of monitoring and servicing the many components of critical equipment.  Less travel time will allow for more personal time for family, friends, and other interests. Facility Technician roles also offer the opportunity to cross-train on unfamiliar systems. UPS and Power Technicians are able to get up to speed on all the cooling systems from a hands-on perspective, and vice versa for HVAC Technicians.

Overall, if you feel like you are at a point in your field service career where you are interested in exploring other options, get in touch with a Pkaza recruiter and see if we can offer guidance to better evaluate your skill set and ultimately qualify you for these roles.

On behalf of Pkaza, we wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day Weekend, especially for those who have served and for their families - THANK YOU!

Importance of Professional Networking

by Peter Kazella on 05/11/17

Its a tight job market, but the market is also in transition with many colo consolidations. Best way to network in these times are through Professional Organizations when they meet both locally (which is obviously cheaper to attend), or you can go to national events. I find peers asking about which events to attend, so what better way to start out with my blog.... here are some useful links of conferences that I have attended or plan on attending this year, see you there!


http://www.afcomnycnj.com
http://7x24metrony.org/events/
http://www.7x24exchangedelval.org 
http://mcdcexpo.com/
https://www.capremedia.com
http://www.dcdconverged.com/conferences
http://www.criticalpowerexpo.com/conference
http://www.criticalfacilitiessummit.com/
http://www.gartner.com/events/na/data-center#section_whyattend
https://www.7x24exchange.org/conferences/future-national-conferences/
www.DCAC-Live.com
https://www.imn.org/real-estate/conference/Data-Centers-Cloud-Services-East-17/