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Engineering Test Support II at First Solar Inc

Posted in Architecture 13 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Santa Clara, California

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:

  • 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 photovoltaic devices.


  • None required, however, experience working in a technical laboratory setting or on a job that requires handy work for at least 1 year desired


  • High School Diploma or GED

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Proven communication skills and attention to details

  • Ability to follow verbal and/or written instructions/test plans

  • Average to excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, outlook)

  • Good team player

  • Average ability to use tools and operating equipment is required (micrometers, multimeters, power supplies and data logger)

  • Ability to repetitively handle small glass coupons and large glass plates

  • Can learn quickly to operate a large variety of process equipment and metrology tools

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Responsible to ensure that all the tests are complete as per the schedule including sample acquiring, testing and data entry for all Development tests

  • Responsible to communicate immediately any abnormal finding on the product or testing equipment

  • Willing to work long hours and weekends (as needed) to support any testing or measurement

  • Able to work independently with little supervision

  • Ability to handle production plates and pilot line coupons repetitively for testing and randomization of samples

  • Sample preparation for development tests including cutting of glass plates

  • Preparation of thermal profile plates

  • Ability to support pilot and production line activities and measurements as needed

  • Responsible to perform any baseline or post-test measurement whenever needed

  • Responsible to support Engineer on any improvement project.

  • Adheres to all safety procedures and good housekeeping standards. 

  • Responsible to assist in any other task or job assigned by supervisor

  • Consistently demonstrates efficient and effective methods to deliver quality test results.

  • Responsible to train new technicians in module testing, handling, loading, and unloading from production and lab equipment

US 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 27 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)

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 band any other tests that may be required.  First Solar reserves the right to offer you a role most applicable to your experience and skillset.

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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