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Engineer- Development II (Rotation) USA at First Solar Inc in Perrysburg, Ohio

Posted in Engineering 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.

Basic Job Functions:

First Solar’s Development Engineering Rotation Program is designed to provide recent graduates with MS or Ph.D. degrees in science and engineering the opportunity to start a career in solar-photovoltaic R&D. The Program has a targeted duration of 12 months, during which successful participants spend six months each in three different R&D teams in our Development-Engineering organization in Perrysburg, OH. Program participants have the opportunity to provide technical support or manage projects in the areas of advanced research, manufacturing process development, controls, startup, and continuous improvement. After all rotations are complete, successful participants are placed into a full-time Development Engineer position. Each of the assignments (and final post-program Development Engineer placements) will be determined by leadership based on each participant’s individual skillsets, academic areas of study, business needs, and individual interests.

Rotation program participants are offered employment up to six months in advance of starting the program. We are currently seeking rotation program candidates to be hired in November 2022.


  • No experience outside normal graduate-level lab work is required


  • Recent graduate with MS or Ph.D. degree, optional Postdoc

  • Target disciplines are, but are not limited to electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Solid writing, presentation, and verbal skills

  • Proficient use of all Microsoft Office suite programs

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Participation in on-boarding and training programs (safety, statistical process control/design of experiments, specialized software training, business-case justification, CdTe device physics, etc.)

  • Participation in cross-functional project teams

  • Design of effective experiments, coordination of efforts to perform experiments, evaluation of results through statistical methods

  • Frequent presentations and written reports that allow for development of leadership and communication skills

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Job description subject to change at any time

Reporting Relationships:

  • In addition to their direct supervisor, all participants will be mentored by a small group of experienced managers

Focused Performance Management:

One fundamental element of the Rotation Program is the hiring of new graduates.  By nature, the ideal candidates are bright, ambitious scholars with successful academic track records with the possibility of limited to no industry experience.  First Solar is committed to ensuring these associates have the most positive “first job” experience possible.  Contrary to traditional onboarding of experienced engineers, rotation program associates are more closely managed and coached to ensure successful integration into the company.  The Development Engineering Rotation Program includes an introductory period within the first Rotation.  First Solar uses this period to more closely evaluate capabilities, work habits, and overall performance to ensure candidates begin employment with a trajectory of success. Similarly, the introductory period is intended to give new program participants the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to achieve a satisfactory level of performance and to determine whether the new position meets their expectations.


  • Limited, project-based travel is required

US Physical Requirements:

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 and 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.

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