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Data Center IT Operations Technician


  • Mainland Europe
  • Not disclosed
  • Permanent full-time
  • Updated 28/12/2012
  • HR Operations
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Data Center IT Operations Technician


This position is based in Frankfurt, Germany.

The area: Technical Infrastructure

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.

The role: Data Center IT Operations Technician

Google isn't just a software company. The Hardware Operations team is responsible for monitoring the state-of-the-art physical infrastructure behind Google's powerful search technology. As an Operations Technician, you'll install, configure, test, troubleshoot and maintain hardware (like servers and its components) and server software (like Google's Linux cluster). You'll also tackle the configuration of more complex components such as networks, routers, hubs, bridges, switches and networking protocols. You'll participate in or lead small project teams on larger installations and develop project contingency plans. A typical day involves manual movement and installation of racks, and while it can sometimes be physically demanding, you are excited to work with infrastructure that is at the cutting-edge of computer technology.

You install, configure, test and troubleshoot hardware (servers and components) and server software. You also manually move and install racks and servers.


  • Contribute to the team in the deployment, projects and support of new data center infrastructure as our Linux cluster grows.
  • Fix broken servers: replace hard drives, replace bad sticks of RAM, etc.
  • Configure and troubleshoot Linux OS related issues on our servers.
  • Install and maintain switches, routers, and other large scale networking gear.
  • Help test and troubleshoot new server hardware components and designs.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree. (In lieu of degree, relevant skills or equivalent experience).

Preferred qualifications:

  • Good understanding of basic OS, PC hardware and networking concepts, tools and protocols.
  • Hands on experience working with and troubleshooting of HW/network related issues using Linux based tools.
  • Experience working with Linux (Red Hat, Slackware, Fedora, SUSE, Ubuntu, Debian, Gentoo) or Unix (Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, BSD).
  • High level of English fluency.
  • Ability to lift/move 50 lbs (25kg) equipment on a daily basis.
  • This position requires shift work that may include after hours, weekends and holidays.

Ref: IJ-9528
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