Development Engineering Technician III at First Solar Inc

Posted in Architecture 9 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Perrysburg, Ohio





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 lead development tests on factory equipment on 2nd shift. This will involve material staging and prepping, as well as directing the workflow of other technicians and operators. May assist in troubleshooting of conveyor systems and robots to enable test execution.

Education and Experience:    


  • High School Diploma or equivalent and 2 years of experience as a Development Engineer Technician II at First Solar.

  • Associate’s Degree in an engineering discipline or similar technical discipline and 10 years of relevant technical experience or 2 years of experience as a Development Engineer Technician II at First Solar.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering discipline or similar technical discipline and 5 years of relevant technical experience or 2 years of experience as a Development Engineer Technician II at First Solar.

Required Skills/Competencies:


  • Proficient in a wide array of tools/processes/procedures with the ability to train others, develop best practices, and identify safety risks.

  • Experienced in independently resolving moderate process/equipment issues on the production line or the lab.

  • Ability to learn the operation of the production line, and how to most efficiently run tests.

  • Good to excellent knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  • Ability to communicate on a regular basis with all levels of associates and train lower level technicians.

  • Proven competency in sample preparation and measurement.

  • Excellent problem-solving ability.

Essential Responsibilities


  • Plan, coordinate, and execute engineering tests (ETAs) on production line, coupon line, or laboratory, including coordination of other technicians and other teams on 2nd shift.

  • Tracking and logistics of executed tests.

  • Using SQL and/or JMP analytical software to do tracking/logistical work during execution of tests.

  • Works under minimal supervision.  Will assist in orienting, mentoring, and training lower level employees.

  • Duties and tasks are frequently non-routine.  Resolves most questions and problems, and refers only the most complex issues to higher level.

  • Will summarize issues observed during execution of tests in an informal manner to the team for awareness.

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.      

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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