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How to Become an Electrical Engineer Within Data Centres

Nathan Mann our consultant managing the role
Posted by Nathan Mann
Published on 23 August 2023

The world is undergoing a technological revolution with technology increasingly immersing itself into our lives – as an example, 5.19 billion people around the world are now regularly using the internet. Parallel to this increasing growth is the need for data centres. Organisations have adapted to this growth through catering to the online world. Data Centres play a critical role in storing an organisations critical applications and data securely. Globally, there are around 8,000 data centres and they are forecast to grow by 10% each year until 2030. This means the demand for data centre electrical engineers is high and will continue to grow. For further information about data centre predictions check out our Data Centre predictions for the future. 

What is Expected of an Electrical Engineer in Data Centres

The main responsibilities of an electrical engineer in a data centre are to design, install, and maintain the electrical systems that power and support the data centre’s operations. This could include tasks like:


  • Designing power distribution systems
  • Ensuring proper grounding and electrical safety
  •  Commissioning and quality assurance
  • Compliance checking
  • Managing backup power systems like generators and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
  • Optimising energy and efficiency


Electrical Engineers in data centres also play a role in monitoring and responding to electrical issues to ensure uninterrupted functioning of servers and equipment. For a further breakdown of a data centre engineer’s day, here’swhat a day in the life of a Data Centre Engineer looks like.



Preparing for Success

If you are considering, or have decided, that electrical engineering in data centres is the career for you, we have gathered a wealth of insights from our extensive recruitment experience to guide you towards achieving greatness in this field. For CV advice, here’s some tips on how to write a CV for a Data Centre Engineer job.



To lay a solid foundation for your career, consider acquiring a Level 6/7/8 qualification in engineering which will equip you with knowledge which is widely recognised as important for this role. Compliment this with a Level 3/4/5 qualification in commissioning, showcasing your commitment to excellence in data centres. A Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card is also useful to demonstrate your dedication to safety and competence.


While every journey starts with a single step, having experience in a data centre environment can significantly accelerate your progress. Particularly valuable is experience in roles such as trainee or project engineering, as these positions provide a first hand understanding of the intricate workings of data centres.


Technical Skills

In this digital age, technical prowess is non-negotiable. Develop proficiency in computer systems, including utilisation of commissioning software such as Compass, BIM 360, and Facility Grid. Mastering Microsoft Office is essential, as it is a universal tool for communication and documentation.

Soft Skills

Beyond technical skills, your success hinges on your soft skills. Cultivate your problem-solving and analytical abilities, as they will empower you to tackle challenges with finesse.  Effective communication and collaboration are the cornerstones of a harmonious work environment. Independent work is also important as well as the capability of building robust relationships with clients.

Taking Strategic Steps

Staying ahead of the curve requires a proactive approach. Stay on top of industry trends and emerging technologies to remain relevant and competitive. Create a standout portfolio that showcases your accomplishments and projects, illustrating your expertise visually. Master the art of interviews and technical assessments to leave a lasting impression. Networking and mentorship lead to opportunities and professional development. Remember, setbacks are part of the journey – learn from them and seek advice to overcome challenges.

Find Your Next Role with Quanta

At Quanta we specialise in recruiting skilled professionals across the globe for some of the world’s biggest Data Centre companies and projects. So, if you’re looking for your next Data Centre job check out our vacancies or send us your resume today. Also, check out our article on the top in-demand skills for data centre jobs.