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.
Job Title: Technician, Development Engineer II
Reports To: Development Engineer or Development Manager
FLSA Job Status: Non-Exempt
Basic Job Functions:
Will conduct developmental tests, including sample fabrication and testing.
Will compile and analyze test data from performed testing and review results with engineering personnel to improve efficiency and stability of solar modules.
Experience and Education:
AS degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, electronics or materials science required with 5+ years of experience in a similar role OR
BS degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, electronics or materials science required with 1-2 years of experience OR
MS degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, electronics or materials science required with 0-1 years of experience
1 year experience in a DET I position at First Solar
Proven competency in powder handling/ processing, Materials Synthesis and Characterization
Ability to learn the operation, calibration, and preventative maintenance of lab and testing equipment and systems
Intermediate knowledge of MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access)
Some knowledge of SQL, SPC, ISO 9000 standards as well as JMP or other statistical software
Ability to use analytical skills to read charts and graphs to find trends
Ability to apply statistical methods to analyze data
Ability to communicate on a regular basis with all levels of Associates.
Excellent problem solving ability
General electrical/electronic knowledge
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Self-directed, proactive approach to problem solving.
Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
Applies some advanced skills to the position or specialization. May adapt procedures, processes, tools, equipment and techniques to meet the more complex requirements of the position.
Duties and tasks are frequently non-routine. Resolves most questions and problems, and refers only the most complex issues to higher levels.
Has ownership of all laboratory equipment. Oversees maintenance and trains others in this process.
Familiarizes with all safety protocols, MSDS, protocols for handling of toxic materials, toxic gases/sensors, and has a continuous improvement mentality for safety.
Executes planned process experiments. Collects and analyzes data and reports experimental results.
Works under minimal supervision. May assist in orienting and training lower level employees.
Conduct milling, mixing, weighing, of materials by following procedures presented by supervisor
Operation of laboratory and pilot scale high temperature furnaces
Maintain updated work instructions
Assess/install new equipment.
Experience with powder metallurgy and materials synthesis
Knowledge of basic reaction thermodynamics.
Prepare samples for submission to ACT, MAD, EAG and other labs for materials analysis, and prepare detailed summaries.
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 accurate inventory of chemicals and lab supplies
Handling of hazardous materials and periodic purging lab inventory. Needs to be familiar with disposal process.
Maintenance of gas monitoring, alarms, dust collection, HEPA filters.
Disposal of waste per EHS rules.
Maintenance, setup, repair and calibration of lab equipment
Perform cutting and crushing of scrapped PV modules
Keep and maintain a clean work environment
Hybrid Physical Requirements:
Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to the entire duration of a shift
Will climb stairs 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)
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.