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Controls Engineer I (Day crew) at First Solar Inc in Perrysburg, Ohio

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

First Solar is leading the world’s sustainable energy future. We are an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries of 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. Our cost-advantaged solar technology boasts the smallest carbon footprint, lowest life cycle water use, and fastest energy payback in the industry. We are delivering solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges including climate change, energy security, water scarcity, and the unsustainable growing consumption of natural resources. At First Solar, you will feel valued, appreciated and challenged, working side-by-side with some of the top minds in the industry. You will be regularly updated on the company’s goals, progress and achievements. First Solar maintains a culture where all associates work together to lead the world’s sustainable energy future. We believe in employee engagement, collaboration, well-being and productivity for all generations and emerging work styles.We’re changing the world. Now, let us start with yours. First Solar is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. First Solar’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by application country, federal, state or local laws; the company prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.

The following is an entry level corporate controls position were a successful candidate will be required to assist with the global implementation and development of electrical controls systems/designs, PLC/HMI programing, perform vendor equipment check-out, equipment/system start-ups, data collection and optimization of control systems.


  • This position will primarily report to one of the three manufacturing sites in the Perrysburg area. Specific site preferences are not guaranteed. Must be willing to work at PGT1, PGT2, or PGT3. All three plants are within a two-mile radius.


  • Minimum 1 – 5 years of manufacturing equipment controls engineering experience.


  • Associates/Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field; or equivalent years of work experience

Required Skills:

  • Good understanding/knowledge and experience in controls engineering techniques and practices which would be required for global facilities including North America, Asian, and European countries.

  • Proven understanding/knowledge and ability to trouble-shoot electrical/electronic control systems.

  • Good understanding/knowledge of global manufacturing processes and safety requirements.

  • Proficient using Auto Desk AutoCad drafting software to create electrical schematic and panel layouts.

  • Good understanding/knowledge programming of Rockwell Automation Logix platform PLC’s, including ladder and function block diagram.

  • Good understanding/knowledge programming Rockwell Automation Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) including PanelView Plus, PanelView Plus CE, and RSView SE.

  • Good understanding/knowledge designing, programming, and commissioning at least two control network including ControlNet, DeviceNet, Profibus and/or Ethernet.

  • Good understanding/knowledge of robotic systems including programming, safety requirements, and design/implementation practices.

  • Good understanding of computer hardware/applications and the Microsoft Office family.

  • Good understanding/knowledge of Corporate Ethernet architectures and systems.

  • Basic understanding of corporate server architecture and

  • Good communications skills both oral and written.

  • Proven problem solving skills.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for global support of manufacturing facilities.

  • Responsible to assist with global coordination of new equipment installation and implementation.

  • Responsible for maintaining and updating of manufacturing process tool electrical drawings globally, ensuring the tracking of equipment changes is documented and drawings are kept current.

  • Responsible for the successful design and theory behind manufacturing control systems, ensuring new process tools adhere to corporate controls standards and best practices.

  • Responsible for globally troubleshooting and problem solving equipment controls related issues.

  • Responsible to interface with multiple departments within the organization and external suppliers to ensure corporate controls policies/standards are understood and being adhered to.

  • Responsible to assist senior engineers on large projects.

  • Maintain effective global communications levels and fosters team building.

  • Ensures adherence to all safety procedures and good housekeeping standards.

  • Responsible for designing, programming, and coordination of small scale control systems and projects.

Key Competencies:

  • Takes responsibility for understanding client requirements, collecting data, delivering analysis and problem resolution. Identifies, evaluates and recommends options, implementing if required. Collaborates with, and facilitates stakeholder groups, as part of formal or informal consultancy agreements. Seeks to fully address client needs, enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of client personnel, by ensuring that proposed solutions are properly understood and appropriately exploited.

  • Contributes to research goals and builds on and refines appropriate outline ideas for the evaluation, development, demonstration and implementation of research. Uses available resources to gain an up-to-date knowledge of any relevant IT field. Reports on work carried out and may contribute significant sections of material of publication quality. Contributes to research plans and identifies appropriate opportunities for publication and dissemination of research findings.

  • Maintains awareness of opportunities provided by new technology to address challenges or to enable new ways of working. Within own sphere of influence, works to further organizational goals, by the use of emerging technologies and products. Contributes to briefings and presentations about their relevance and potential value to the organization.

  • Specifies user/system interfaces, and translates logical designs into physical designs taking account of target environment, performance requirements and existing systems. Produces detailed designs and documents all work using required standards, methods and tools, including prototyping tools where appropriate.

  • Designs, codes, tests, corrects, and documents moderately complex programs and program modifications from supplied specifications, using agreed standards and tools. Conducts reviews of supplied specifications, with others as appropriate.

  • Assists with the collection of safety assurance evidence, undertaking all work in accordance with agreed safety, technical and quality standards, using appropriate methods and tools. Documents the results of hazard and risk analysis activities.

  • Investigates and recommends components and subsystems that meet sustainability criteria.

  • Reviews requirements and specifications, and defines test conditions. Designs test cases and test scripts under own direction, mapping back to pre-determined criteria, recording and reporting outcomes. Analyses and reports test activities and results. Identifies and reports issues and risks associated with own work.

  • Performs, analyses and documents evaluations according to a plan, excluding expert reviews.

  • Defines the integration build and produces a build definition for generation of the software. Accepts software modules from software developers, and produces software builds for loading onto the target hardware from software source code. Configures the hardware environment, produces integration test specifications, conducts tests and records the details of any failures. Carries out and reports fault diagnosis relating to moderately complex problems.

  • Configures software and equipment and tests platform-specific versions of one or more software products. Reports the outcome of testing and identifies potential improvements to the process and to the software products according to agreed designs and standards.

  • Installs or removes hardware and/or software, using supplied installation instructions and tools including, where appropriate, handover to the client. Conducts tests, corrects malfunctions, and documents results in accordance with agreed procedures. Reports details of all hardware/software items that have been installed and removed so that configuration management records can be updated. Provides assistance to users in a professional manner following agreed procedures for further help or escalation. Maintains accurate records of user requests, contact details and outcomes. Contributes to the development of installation procedures and standards.

  • Uses system management software and tools to collect agreed performance statistics. Carries out agreed system software maintenance tasks.

  • Identifies and resolves issues with applications, following agreed procedures. Uses application management software and tools to collect agreed performance statistics. Carries out agreed applications maintenance tasks.

  • Carries out agreed operational procedures of a routine nature. Contributes to maintenance, installation and problem resolution.

  • Identifies and resolves network problems following agreed procedures. Uses network management software and tools to collect agreed performance statistics. Carries out agreed network maintenance tasks.

  • Initiates and monitors actions to investigate and resolve problems in systems and services. Assists with the implementation of agreed remedies and preventative measures.

  • Receives and handles requests for support following agreed procedures. Responds to requests for support by providing information to enable incident resolution and promptly allocates unresolved calls as appropriate. Maintains records and advises relevant persons of actions taken.

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.

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