top of page

Controls Engineer




Job Type

Full Time

Digital Realty - sq logo.png


Controls Engineer

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company, operating 240+ data centers across the globe and providing interconnections to all the key clouds and networks. Businesses need one place to simplify and bring together fragmented, complex infrastructure that spans private and public cloud environments. Our global platform allows customers to place infrastructure wherever they need it and connect it to everything they need to succeed.

We are a fast-growing global company with 20 years of continuous growth. Through our innovative portfolio of high-performance products and services, we have created the largest, most active global ecosystem of 10,000+ companies, including 2,100 networks and 3,000+ cloud and IT service providers in 32 countries spanning six continents.

Joining our operations team means that you will be at the forefront of all we do, maintaining critical facilities infrastructure as part of a close-knit team delivering best-in-class service to our data center customers. We embrace diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment. that is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success.

Job Summary

The Senior Staff Controls Engineer performs advanced system maintenance and support. Leads complex projects using internal and external resources. Assists with development and implementation of policies and procedures. Effectively interacts with other internal and external teams, including the design engineering, site engineering, regional operations teams, onsite support vendors and consultants on projects, policies and procedures to resolve complex matters.


System Operation and Work Practices

  • Expert operating knowledge of control systems to include advanced diagnostics and repairs

  • Ability to apply knowledge of Equinix process and procedure and industry standards to resolve complex issues

  • Utilizes safe working practices at an expert level (e.g. can apply procedure for lockout/tagout, can explain MSDS, etc.)

  • Evaluates and assures the safe working practices of others

  • Interacts with other engineering disciplines

Problem Solving

  • Consistently solves complex, cross-functional issues requiring independent action and a high degree of initiative to resolve

  • Implements and makes recommendations for complex system level enhancements to eliminate potential problems

  • Tests suitability of components for deployments on complex assignments

Internal/External Contact

  • Contributes to mentoring junior team members

  • Directs internal and external project team members

  • Directs teams per project or initiative such as General Contractors, design teams, commissioning agents, equipment suppliers, etc

  • Expert level communication to include cross functional SOP development and relevant technical writing

  • Interactions are primarily to exchange information between departments within the organization

  • Includes executive level communications in standardized templates

Technical Expertise

  • Has thorough understanding of advanced electrical, fire protection, and HVAC systems operation including advanced optimization strategies and deficiencies

  • Has expert controls system knowledge sufficient  to rapidly comprehend new systems

  • Is a subject matter expert to others in and outside of the group

  • Extensive knowledge of multiple facets of controls engineering

  • Develops and executes projects

  • Reviews budget and scope, calculates savings pertaining to control system replacement projects

  • Tests suitability of components or action plans for deployments

  • Understands of server operating systems, networks, and cyber security best practices


  • Acquires knowledge by expanding experience with systems, vendor training, participation in industry groups or meetings and shadowing others

  • Is SME with many systems and trains others inside and outside of the group

Develop Policy/Methods

  • Participates in review of and contributes to development of policy and procedure documents

  • Assess Adherence to Policy

  • Assures adherence to developed standards and policy through review of documentation, participation in commissioning activities and data center physicals


  • Degree in Electrical, Electronic or Control Systems Engineering or equivalent qualifications with additional experience

  • Experience of working in a data centre or similar critical environment

  • Experience with one or more brands of control systems including: ABB, Siemens, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Andover or AVEVA (Wonderware),

  • Experience in electrical, electro-mechanical and automation (PLC) engineering is required

  • Ability to resolve solutions and use initiative

  • Must be able to understand control schemes for solving problems and optimizing operations

  • Self-starter with good team working skills

What we Offer

  • Comprehensive and market-competitive remuneration package

  • Permanent Health Insurance (PHI)

  • Excellent growth and advancement opportunities

  • Internal training/development hub with continuous formative plans available to all

  • An inclusive, balanced and friendly culture with our embedded ethos in which to strive on

  • You are entitled to 23 days (for shift worker 16 days (12 Hours) holiday calculated on a pro-rata basis) paid leave in each year in addition to any public holidays. This includes two company days, Good Friday and the day after St Stephen’s day

  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Equinix is committed to ensuring that our employment process is open to all individuals, including those with a disability. If you need assistance in applying for an open position, you may send an email to Please provide your contact information and let us know how we can assist you.

Equinix is an Equal Employment Opportunity and, in the U.S., an Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to unlawful consideration of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, place of birth, citizenship, sex, pregnancy / childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, age, veteran or military status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, political / organizational affiliation, status as a victim or family member of a victim of crime or abuse, or any other status protected by applicable law.

bottom of page