QTS Critical Environment Technician (CE Technician) - Data Center in Chicago, Illinois

The IT world is evolving. New technologies. New infrastructures. New and more complex customer needs. Every day feels like a shift. There’s a sense of excitement surrounding the future, but also uncertainty. That’s where QTS comes in. We’re fearlessly leading the way by redefining what it means to be a data center. We house next-generation cloud and hybrid solutions. We deliver a fully-integrated platform from top to bottom – one enabled by technology and world-class infrastructure. Simply put, we’re evolving to stay ahead of the curve.

At QTS our people power us to provide expertise, technology and infrastructure for IT decision makers in complex, high-pressure environments. As one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing data center companies we help manage and protect critical data during a time of unprecedented change. The power of QTS' innovation happens when smart, creative people with a unified vision collaborate to break new ground, solve a problem, or create a solution to improve lives.

At QTS, we know where IT is going. And we’d like to invite you to join us.

The Critical Environment Technician (CE Technician) is responsible for the installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing/piping equipment, machinery and controls located in the interior and exterior of building. This role monitors operations and conducts a routine and ongoing assessment of the building systems operations and performance. This role performs tests, rounds and analyzes data to ensure the proper functioning of departmental equipment.

Level of CET I or CET II will be determined at time of offer dependent on experience and competency level.

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  • Lead, maintains, monitors, and performs preventive maintenance on all equipment including, but not limited to, standby diesel generators, heat exchanger, HVAC, electrical systems & distribution, emergency backup systems and hot water systems; monitors operation, adjusts, and maintains chilled water, and air conditioning equipment; ventilation and hot water heaters; pumps, valves, piping and filters; other mechanical and electrical equipment; record readings and make adjustments where necessary to ensure proper operation of equipment

  • Install and repair plumbing/piping/tubing; wire single and three phase motors (single & two speed); run conduit; pull wiring to machinery, motors, operating parts, etc.; install and rebuild pumps and motors; install and rebuild air/nitrogen compressors; heat exchangers; replace bearings in all types of motors; replace seals on pumps; install and repair piping, valves, filters, hot water systems and associated controls; assist other mechanics and engineers with major repairs and maintenance of building and equipment. Install, repair, test and maintain electrical controls, switching and motor controls

  • Receives work order for Preventative and Corrective maintenance on critical systems and building physical structure. Consult with supervisor to order necessary materials to complete all maintenance and perform necessary work

  • Finalize work orders by completing necessary documentation

  • Operates and monitors critical and non-critical system equipment and components. Oversees work efforts (including 3rd party contractors) for the safe and compliant operation, maintenance (corrective and preventive), and modification of critical equipment. Disables and enables fire alarm control panels and systems

  • Respond immediately to emergency situations (fire, evacuation, equipment failure, etc.) and customer concerns

  • As qualified, perform Building Management System Console operations

  • Comply with departmental policy for the safe storage, usage, and disposal of hazardous materials

  • Maintain a clean and safe workplace

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES (not an all-inclusive list)

  • Mechanical Theory - Central plant, centrifugal, chilled water, boilers

  • Air Distribution equipment, including air handlers, CAHU, CRAC, and Package units, heat pumps

  • Skills - Chiller systems 100 to 2500 tons, CRAC’S 20-60 tons and package split systems 2-100 tons

  • Skills - valves, variable speed equipment, dehumidification, compressors, condensers, coils, bearings, drives, gears

  • Skills - refrigeration, pressure gauges, vacuum pumps, reclaim units, piping

  • Water Systems Infrastructure - thermal storage, pumps, valves

  • Skills - water treatment, cooling towers, water filtration systems

  • Control Systems - BMS, VAVs, controllers

  • CFD modeling, sensor and SLA understanding

  • Emergency System Infrastructure

  • Emergency Operating Procedures (EOP), mock drills and adherence

  • Change Management Process

  • Computerize Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

  • Inventory management - including shop maintenance, inventory controls

  • Provisioning Process

  • BAS/BMS Product Software

  • Procurement Process - Reqlogic

  • Method of Procedures (MOPs)

  • Technical college degree, Military, or workplace equivalency (2+ years)

  • One or more years' of experience in a data center or similar critical facility (Navy Nuclear, hospital etc.)

  • Currently involved in apprenticeship subject area: Electrical, Mechanical, CPR, AED.

  • CE Technician I or II Certifications to be completed within six to twelve months upon hire


  • Three or more years of experience in a data center or similar critical facility (Navy Nuclear, hospital etc.)


  • Team Oriented

  • Problem solving

  • Priority setting

  • Results oriented

  • Personal Accountability - Integrity, Character, Trust

  • Client focused - Premium Customer Experience driven

ID: 2018-2156

External Company Name: QTS Data Centers

Street: 2800 S. Ashland Ave.