State of Washington
DATA CENTER HARDWARE MANAGER
Within the Department of Information Services (DIS), serves as an assistant manager responsible for managing the electrical and mechanical systems, as well as the hardware installation/de-installation needed to effectively operate a large multi-mainframe computer data center. Reports to the Computer Installation Manager, and serves as a technical advisor to senior management on the installation and support systems.
Manages the electrical systems needed to maintain computer operations; assures sufficient power is available and that all equipment is adequately maintained according to manufacturer requirements and maintenance agreements;
Manages the mechanical systems required to maintain approved temperatures and humidity within the computer centers; maintains an environmental monitoring system complete with appropriate alarms; corrects air flow as needed to adjust temperature and humidity; maintains preventative maintenance programs on air conditioners, chillers, cooling towers, etc.;
Assists in the installation and removal of all computer equipment from the data centers; assures the availability of needed cabling, power, etc, required to add new equipment; supervises the removal of unused cables from computer raised floor; coordinates the positioning of computer equipment on the raised floor space to assure vendor required clearances are maintained and that temperatures and humidities in the centers are maintained; maintains inventories of cabling and equipment within the data centers;
Maintains processes and schedules to periodically check the emergency systems within the data centers; tests the adequacy of uninterruptible power supply systems, fire control systems, battery backup systems, alternate power systems, alarms, etc.;
Supervises and evaluates the work of staff for adherence to and accomplishment of agency and program policies;
Prepares project schedules, manpower requirements and cost estimates for system installation and maintenance;
Arranges and coordinates implementation of approved space plans of data center planning projects; schedules, coordinates and directs the work of project personnel; schedules and coordinates the incorporation of material resources into projects;
Performs necessary research and investigation to assure the most current techniques in space planning, programming, engineering, construction, etc., are utilized and considered in planning projects;
Completes special assignments and planning projects as requested by management;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: computer center operations; theory, principles and practices of electrical and mechanical engineering particularly as related to electrical, mechanical, and computer emergency and backup systems; inventory systems; computer hardware requirements; cabling schema.
Ability to: plan, organize and coordinate complex installation and maintenance activities within the data center without adversely affecting computer availability; communicate complex issues to agency management; establish and maintain effective working relationships with state and department officials, the public and contractors/lessors.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
A Bachelor's degree
Three years of experience managing installation support systems for a large multi-mainframe data center complex, two years of which must have been as a supervisor.
A Master's degree will substitute for one year of experience.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
Class Specification History
New class: 2-14-92
New class code: (formerly 03242) effective July 1, 2007