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Microsoft Corporation Principal Mechanical Architect in Redmond, Washington

The Azure Platform Architecture team is looking for a Principal Mechanical Architect to drive the architecture for complex systems ranging from Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) based systems to general purpose compute, High-Peformance Computing (HPC), storage, and other specialized programs. The Principal Mechanical Architect will also collaborate with the System and Thermal Architects on concept proposals, critical evaluations, requirements capture, prototype engineering, and documentation support for design/planning reviews. Once a program is approved from a conceptual level, the Principal Mechanical Architect will partner with the development team to ensure a smooth transition to full product development.

The Azure Platform Architecture team is part of a broader hardware and infrastructure organization known as the Silicon, Cloud Hardware, and Infrastructure Engineering (SCHIE). SCHIE is the team behind Microsofts expanding Cloud Infrastructure and is responsible for powering Microsofts Intelligent Cloud mission. SCHIE delivers the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's 200+ online businesses including Teams, OneDrive, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, Bing, MSN and the Microsoft Azure platform globally. We architect and design the server and data center infrastructure, security and compliance, operations, globalization, and manageability solutions to support these businesses. Our focus is on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide. We are looking for a dedicated, growth-minded engineers to help us achieve that mission. As Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow the ability to deploy new offerings and Hardware infrastructure on time, at hyperscale, with high reliability and the best price/performance level is paramount.

Come join this exciting and growing teamand help driveour monumental evolution ofcloud hardware atAzure and Microsoft!

Open to 100% work from home

Travel up to 25%


  • Drive the high-level mechanical design direction for complex systems ranging from GPU based systems to general purpose compute, HPC, storage, and specialized programs.

  • Create robust, scalable, secure, and extensible architecture solutions that account for current and anticipated industry/competitive needs.

  • Distill and articulate architectural tradeoffs in the mechanical space in terms of key metrics such as feasibility, cost, risk, and schedule.

  • Partner with the platform and thermal architects to drive the design direction.

  • Acquire and share expert knowledge of multiple technical areas within and across teams working on similar products.

  • Look for opportunities to generate intellectual property to help strengthen Microsofts position as a leader in Cloud Computing.

  • Drive and influence technology providers and design partners to develop optimal components and solutions to meet the future requirements for Azure.

  • Partner within the industry and standards bodies to create standards and form factors key to next generation solutions.

  • Collaborate with the hardware development team to ensure seamless transition from architecture to implementation.


Required Qualifications:

  • 9+ years related technical engineering experience

  • OR Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 6+ years related technical engineering experience

  • OR Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 4+ years related technical engineering experience

  • OR Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 3+ years related technical engineering experience

  • OR equivalent experience.

  • 9+ years of experience in computer/server/storage/GPU/Networking mechanical design.

  • Experience with platform level designs.

  • Experience with PTC CREO Elements/Pro Engineer or Solidworks 3D-Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software.

Other Requirements:

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirementsinclude, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud Background Check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with platforms deployed in hyperscale or cloud datacenters.

  • Experience with prototyping and high-volume manufacturing methods.

  • Knowledge of and application experience with sheet-metal and plastic tool design to support design decisions for manufacturing and assembly of new products including Design for Manufacturability (DFM), Design for Assembly (DFA), and Design for Excellence (DFX).

  • Experience working with remote team members and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs)/Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) development partners.

  • Advanced knowledge of analytical tools/processes for heat transfer, fluid flow, material science, and structural analysis.

  • Proficient with FloTHERM, Flow Simulation Computational Fluid Dynamics (FLOEFD), Icepak or equivalent Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis software.

  • Ability to streamline and optimize the product definition during the design phase.

  • Ability to generate and analyze architectural solutions, including directional cost analysis, feasibility and engineering degree of difficulty.

  • Experience in tolerance analysis and the Production Part Approval Process (PPAPA).

Mechanical Engineering IC5 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $133,600 - $256,800 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $173,200 - $282,200 per year.

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