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:
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First Solar’s manufacturing operations seeks candidates who believe in our mission of providing cost-advantaged solar technology through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership and operational excellence. First Solar’s manufacturing engineering team works together to continuously improve product performance and yield, equipment performance and cost reduction in the manufacturing plants. They are responsible for installing and qualifying equipment and processes for plant expansions and implementing new technology across our global manufacturing plants.
The manufacturing engineering team looks for individuals who enjoy contributing to an innovative, forward-thinking team, are effective problem solvers, data and results driven and continuously look for ways to improve processes to help us lead the world’s sustainable energy future.
Basic Job Functions:
Assist in the installation and qualification of manufacturing equipment, troubleshoot day-to-day manufacturing issues, identify and/or implement system improvements that contribute to the achievement of throughput, yield and product performance goals.
Education & Experience:
High School Diploma or equivalent with 1 year experience as First Solar Manufacturing Engineering Technician I or 3 years First Solar Technical experience or 10 years technical experience in a manufacturing, military, electrical, mechanical, or chemical industrial setting or
Associate’s degree in a technical discipline with at least 1 year as First Solar Manufacturing Engineering Technician I or 2 years First Solar Technical Experience or at least 3 years technical experience in a manufacturing, military, electrical, mechanical, or chemical industrial setting or
Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline with 0-2 years technical experience in a manufacturing, military, electrical, mechanical, or chemical industrial setting
Safety first mindset.
Demonstrated proficiency in troubleshooting and problem solving on the manufacturing line
Demonstrated proficiency in electrical/electronic and mechanical systems
Demonstrated proficiency in responding to SPC alarms to bring processes back in control
Self-directed, ability to work with minimal supervision
Able to apply statistical tools to analyze data and provide conclusions
Good written and oral communications skills in English
Ability to deal with administrative as well as technical tasks
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
Solve day-to-day production, equipment, and process problems
Identify and implement yield and product performance improvements. Develop methods to assign causes to yield excursions
Set up and maintain gauges
Ensure all processes are running on target as defined by the Process Control Plan
Respond to SPC process control alarms, bringing processes back into control
Execute planned process experiments, collect and analyze data and report experimental results
Collect data relating to daily tool performance and associated product performance
Support the operation of pilot-line equipment to define a new process
Transition new equipment and processes through start-up, qualification, and implementation
Provide training to production associates
Develop and update internal documentation including drawings, standard operating procedures, and process specifications
Interface with internal associates and supplier representatives, as required, to complete assigned projects
Develop a complete understanding of area processes, equipment, and support systems
Provide training to production associates
Maintain effective communication with production associates and manufacturing engineers
Disposition non-conforming product according to established criteria (NCP)
Adhere to all safety procedures and good housekeeping standards
Ensure waste materials are discarded in their designated containers
Ensure hazardous waste containers stay closed except when adding or removing waste
Ensure satellite accumulation containers stay in their designated locations
Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to 12 hours per day
Will climb stairs on an occasional basis
Will exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, push or pull on a seldom basis
Will lift, push or pull up to 27 pounds on a frequent basis
Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects repetitively on a frequent basis
20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction, 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)
Please note: 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, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) 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.