Job ref no.: CT3114386-01#6228

Hardware Operations Engineer


The Hardware Operations team is responsible for monitoring, maintaining and deploying the state-of-the-art physical infrastructure behind Google's powerful search technology. As an Operations Engineer, you'll deploy and maintain Google's advanced Data Center Server and Network Infrastructure. You'll also participate in or lead local project teams on larger installations and develop project contingency plans.

In this role, duties range from the physical deployment of data center-related technology to working closely with the various stakeholders. It will fall to you to ensure that our goals, missions and projects are successfully delivered, and, more importantly, that they are repeatable across our global array of data centers. This position offers a great introduction to the wider engineering world at Google. Depending of your area of interest, capabilities, and geographical mobility, you will have the opportunity to develop either within Hardware Operations or move towards software development, engineering, networking operations or our project management groups.

Behind everything our users see online is the architecture built by the Technical Infrastructure team to keep it running. From developing and maintaining our data centers to building the next generation of Google platforms, we make Google's product portfolio possible. We're proud to be our engineers' engineers and love voiding warranties by taking things apart so we can rebuild them. We're always on call to keep our networks up and running, ensuring our users have the best and fastest experience possible.

  • Install new servers, switches, routers and other networking gear physically as our Linux cluster grows.
  • Help to test and troubleshoot new server/network hardware components.
  • Configure and troubleshoot Linux OS-related issues.
  • Resolve issues with broken equipment with little-to-no-escalation.
  • Cover on-call responsibilities as required.
Minimum qualifications:
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • 5 years of experience working with and troubleshooting hardware/network related issues using Linux based tools. Technical experience in network and/or Linux system administration, web or software development.
  • Experience working in a data center or server room.
  • Ability to speak and write in English and Cantonese fluently and idiomatically. Ability to lift/move 50 lbs of equipment as required. Ability to work non-standard work hours as needed including working weekends, holidays and shift-based schedules with the ability travel as required (50% of the time).
Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience in end-to-end ownership of issues and execution of small/medium size projects. Very good understanding of PC hardware, comfortable in troubleshooting and repairing servers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Linux environment and experience as administrator.
  • Demonstrated networking knowledge, and comfortable in troubleshooting network issues. Familiar with main protocols and common types of devices and data transmission media.
  • Ability to self manage and accomplish tasks with minimal supervision.
At Google, we don’t just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. Google is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
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Job ref no. CT3114386-01#6228
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Job Function
Employment Term
  • Full-time
  • 5 years - 10 years
Career Level
  • Non-management level
  • Degree