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:
Conduct laboratory studies for the extraction, refining, and processing of metals and semiconductor materials under the direction of an engineer. Be knowledgeable in laboratory procedures including safety and chemical handling.
Education & Experience
Two-year college (Associate degree) with emphasis in engineering or the natural sciences, OR a B.S. with emphasis in engineering or the natural sciences, OR other bachelor’s degree plus 1 year work experience in relevant lab or processing environment.
Experience of handling mineral acids, sodium hydroxide and common lab reagents is desired.
Strong mechanical aptitude, including equipment calibration, assembly and minor repair work
General electrical/electronic knowledge
Ability to enter data, perform calculations, and generate plots and tables using Microsoft Excel
Fluent with Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Self-directed, proactive approach to problem solving.
Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
Excellent problem solving skills.
Ability to deal with administrative as well as technical tasks.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
Conduct milling, mixing, weighing, leaching, flotation, metal separation, and filtration tests of materials by following procedures presented by supervisor
Operation of laboratory and pilot scale high temperature furnaces
Prepare standard solutions
Prepare samples for analytical testing
Collect data, record results, and perform basic analysis
Deliver written and verbal reports of experiment results and observations to supervising engineer
Communicate effectively with engineers and supervisors
Keep inventory of chemicals and lab supplies
Handling of hazardous materials
Maintenance, setup, repair and calibration of lab equipment
Perform cutting and crushing of scrapped PV modules
Keep and maintain a clean work environment
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.