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First Solar’s manufacturing operations seeks candidates who believe in our mission of providing cost-advantaged solar technology through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership and operational excellence. First Solar’s manufacturing engineering team works together to continuously improve product performance and yield, equipment performance and cost reduction in the manufacturing plants. They are responsible for installing and qualifying equipment and processes for plant expansions and implementing new technology across our global manufacturing plants.
The manufacturing engineering team looks for individuals who enjoy contributing to an innovative, forward-thinking team, are effective problem solvers, data and results driven and continuously look for ways to improve processes to help us lead the world’s sustainable energy future.
Manufacturing Engineering Technician I - Deposition
Manager, Manufacturing Engineering
Basic Job Functions:
Assist in the installation and qualification of manufacturing equipment, troubleshoot day-to-day manufacturing issues, identify and/or implement system improvements that contribute to the achievement of throughput, yield and product performance goals.
Experience & Education:
High School Diploma or equivalent is required
Candidates must meet one of the following criteria to qualify:
Associates degree in a technical discipline
Two or more years machine or mechanic experience as a primary job function
One year First Solar technical experience
Six months experience as Temporary Manufacturing Engineering Technician at First Solar
Safety first mindset.
General electrical/electronic and mechanical knowledge
Self-directed, ability to work with minimal supervision
Good written and oral communications skills in English.
Able to trouble shoot and solve problems on the manufacturing line
Ability to deal with administrative as well as technical tasks.
Comprehension of vacuum technology fundamentals
Understanding of deposition principles.
Develop a complete understanding of Deposition processes, equipment, and support systems.
Solve day-to-day production, equipment, and process problems.
Identify and implement yield and product performance improvements. Develop methods to assign causes to yield excursions.
Set up and maintain gauges
Ensure all processes are running on target as defined by the Process Control Plan.
Respond to SPC process control alarms, bringing processes back into control
Execute planned process experiments, collect and analyze data and report experimental results.
Collect data relating to daily tool performance and associated product performance.
Provide training to production associates.
Develop and update internal documentation including drawings, standard operating procedures, and process specifications.
Interface with internal associates and supplier representatives, as required, to complete assigned projects.
Develop a complete understanding of area processes, equipment, and support systems.
Provide training to production associates.
Maintain effective communication with production associates and manufacturing engineers.
Disposition non-conforming product according to established criteria (NCP).
Adhere to all safety procedures and good housekeeping standards.
Ensure waste materials are discarded in their designated containers
Ensure hazardous waste containers stay closed except when adding or removing waste
Ensure satellite accumulation containers stay in their designated locations.
US Physical Requirements:
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)
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.