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CLIP Integration Intern at First Solar Inc in Perrysburg, Ohio

Posted in Science 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world’s energy mix.


Primary Job Functions:

First Solar is offering co-op/internship experiences to bright and talented students, with a passion for learning. The positions will allow students to gain a valuable blend of technical and business experience in the field of solar energy, and allow them to demonstrate their skills for future career opportunities at First Solar. A mentor will coach students through assignments that are designed to integrate classroom theory with practical work.

Job Overview:

Leading the world’s sustainable energy future, First Solar interns work around the globe/country in research and development, marketing, project development, information technology, engineering, energy services and much more. When you work at First Solar, you will be challenged every day and provided real world experience. You will be given the opportunity to find new solutions and develop new skills to further advance your skillset.  At First Solar we strive to foster a culture that encourages innovation through collaboration, urging colleagues to take smart risks, learning from failures and course correcting, and owning personal accountability for contributing to our mission.

Expected Length of Internship:

3 months, Winter 2020 and/or Spring 2020

  • As an internship company, we allow flexibility to enroll in classes while working as an intern, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the essential functions of the position.


  • 2+ years collaboration in a team setting, at school or work.

  • Course work in mathematics and statistics.

  • Course work in computer programming and/or computer science.  (JMP scripting language and SQL preferred)


  • Must be pursuing an Engineering, Mathematics or Computer Science degree. 

  • Must currently be enrolled in a Bachelors (3rd year or later), Master’s or PhD program who is fulfilling a graduation requirement for their degree.

  • First Solar encourages all interns to register with their University.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Ability to review coding manuals to learn new syntax independently.

  • Ability to review and understand the purpose of existing scripts.

  • Understanding of creating a chart, plot or visualization to convey data.

  • Can perform basic statistical analysis, calculate Mean/Median/Std Dev, and compare statistics across sample sets.

  • Has basic electrical knowledge, understanding current, voltage, resistance as well as diode operation.

  • Clear and concise communication skills, verbal and written.

  • Experience with fundamental technologies in a Microsoft environment: Windows OS, Office 365, etc.

Basic Internship Scope (Project):

  • Continue development of existing trends and metrics script to change and improve aggregation and analytical methods, update charts to better convey performance, and validate existing methods.

  • Manage and contribute to the development of an electrical failure analysis program.

    • Collect and organize data for easy display.

    • Perform electrical data analysis.

    • Use a microscope and electrical measurement equipment to diagnose electrical failure modes.

  • Upon the completion of this internship, the intern is required to present their accomplishments and project summary to the leadership team.

US Physical Requirements:

  • Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to the entire duration of a shift.

  • Will climb stairs on an occasional basis.

  • Will lift up to 51 pounds on a seldom basis, according to work instruction.

  • Will push or pull up to 27 pounds of force on an occasional basis.

  • Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis.

  • 20/40 vision in each eye, (with or without correction) and the ability to distinguish between red, yellow and green is required.

  • Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures.

  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis.

  • May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis.

  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron and arm guards).

  • All associates working on the production floor may be required to wear a respirator at any given time and thus, the ability to wear a respirator is a condition of employment and continued employment (requires little or no facial hair).

Office Physical Requirements:

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role.   All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check band any other tests that may be required.      

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.