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Development Engineering Technician I at First Solar Inc in Perrysburg, Ohio

Posted in Engineering 22 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:

Basic Job Functions 


  • Will conduct developmental tests, including sample fabrication and testing.

  • May compile and analyze test data from performed testing and review results with engineering personnel to improve efficiency and stability of solar modules.

Education & Experience


  • Associates degree in a technical discipline (physics, chemistry, or materials science preferred) required with 1-2 years of experience in a similar role OR

  • Bachelors degree in a technical discipline (physics, chemistry, or materials science preferred) with 0-1 years of experience in a similar role

Required Skills:


  • Proven experience in electrical or optical measurement.

  • Ability to learn the operation, calibration, and preventative maintenance of lab and process equipment and systems.

  • Intermediate knowledge of MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access)

  • Ability to use analytical skills to read charts and graphs to find trends

  • Ability to apply statistical methods to analyze data desired

  • Ability to communicate on a regular basis with all levels of associates.

  • Excellent problem solving ability

Essential Functions & Responsibilities


  • Applies basic skills and may develop advanced skills using tools and equipment appropriate for the position or specialization.

  • Duties and tasks are standardized. Resolves routine questions and problems, and refers more complex issues to higher levels.

  • Works under daily supervision and follows standard procedures and written instructions to accomplish assigned tasks.

Physical Requirements:


  • 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 55 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.





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