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Field Technician II at First Solar Electric LLC in San Miguel, California

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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:

We’re changing the world. Let us start with yours.

First Solar’s Energy Services unit seeks candidates who believe in our mission of providing cost-advantaged solar services through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership and operational excellence. Members of the Energy Services team have a direct hand in offsetting carbon emissions from traditional energy sources by ensuring that our customers’ power plants are available and performing at optimal levels. Every year, power plants managed by First Solar produced over 11 terawatt hours of clean, renewable energy. This is equivalent to powering 1.2 million homes and removing 1.7 million cars from the road.

The Energy Services 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.


  • 2-4 years of experience in a related position.

  • Experience in operating and maintaining power plant electrical systems, SCADA and controls systems operation, troubleshooting advanced electrical components, and using procedures to perform equipment preventative and corrective maintenance preferred.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.

  • College or technical degree preferred.

  • Electrical certifications, state, journeyman, etc. a plus.

  • Equivalent electrical and practical training in military, utility, or power industry a plus.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Knowledge in electrical safety and arc flash standards.

  • Understanding of and ability to follow operating, switching, maintenance, safety and environmental procedures.

  • Must have a safety background with experience in Lockout Tag Out and Job Hazard Analysis

  • Working knowledge of industrial or power facility operation and maintenance

  • Understanding of local and national electrical codes.

  • Ability to read and understand Electrical schematics and prints.

  • Experienced with medium & high voltage switching.

  • Basic ability to perform testing and troubleshooting of medium voltage and high voltage equipment, including transformers, potential transformers, current transformers, breakers, relays, contactors, motors and inverters.

  • Capable of retrieving relay files and documentation.

  • Familiar with CMMS systems for maintenance tracking.

  • Proven computer skills in a Windows environment (Microsoft Office Products) is required.

  • Must possess good English oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects.

  • Self-directed and accountable, able to think critically about processes and issues.

  • Highest level of Integrity

  • Valid Driver’s License.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Ensure a safe work environment by promoting strict adherence to company protocols

  • Oversee personnel in the field and ensure safety, quality and schedule adherence.

  • Perform and document training on and ensure compliance to Job Hazard Analysis, Pre-Job Brief and Lock-Out-Tag-Out procedures.

  • Train personnel in safety, environmental and procedural requirements.

  • Communicate effectively with remote operators

  • Assist in planning and executing on-site projects, installations, commissioning, quality inspections, and performance testing.

  • Assist with writing and enforcing work and equipment testing instructions and procedures, including normal and maintenance operating procedures.

  • Ensure work orders are complete per requirements

  • Ensure all documentation and required reports are reviewed, complete, submitted and filed.

  • Communicate cross-functionally across all necessary parts of the organization to achieve resolution to plant issues.

  • Attend, participate in and pass all assigned training in safety, environmental and other areas as assigned

  • Maintain work area and site housecleaning to 5S standards

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Job description subject to change at any time

Reporting Relationships:

  • Will report to most senior site manager or supervisor depending on site organizational structure.

  • May lead work groups and supervise plant evolutions.

  • May have tasks assigned by advanced technical staff – Technician III and above


  • Travel will be required depending on the needs of the region

US Physical Requirements:

Project Site (non-craft) Requirements:

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

  • Will climb stairs and/or ladders on an occasional basis

  • Will lift, push or pull up to 50 pounds 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, 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)