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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.
Install and qualify new process equipment. Troubleshoot day-to-day manufacturing issues on the production line in a timely manner. These include; tool down issues, yield, quality issues and identify actions to prevent repeat issues. Identify and/or implement system improvements that contribute to the achievement of throughput, yield and product performance goals.
Basic Job Functions
Primary accountability of the Process Integration Engineer is to sustain the product performance for key manufacturing metrics (Yield, Module Efficiency, Reliability and Durability, Cost), and transfer new technology from pilot line to satellite sites.
Education & Experience:
Associates Degree in a technical discipline with 2 years’ experience as First Solar Manufacturing Engineer I or 3 years Engineering experience in desired areas, or 2 years Engineering experience and 6 years Technical experience in desired areas
Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline with 2 years’ experience as First Solar Manufacturing Engineer I or 3 years Engineering experience in desired areas or 2 years Engineering experience and 3 years Technical experience in desired areas or
MS Degree in a technical discipline with 2-4 years Engineering experience in desired areas or
PhD Degree in a technical discipline with 0-3 years Engineering experience in desired areas
Desired Areas - One or more of following: Process Development, Integration, Process Engineering, Manufacturing System, Product and Yield engineering
Background in Semiconductor, PV or electronic process technology, characterization and device physics
Demonstrated proficiency in Statistical Data Analysis and Design of Experiments (DOE)
Experience in high volume ramp and/or new tech transfer is desired
Experience leading cross functional technical teams to solve problems and implement new processes and products
Prior experience with thin film deposition, thermal and wet processing preferred
Understanding of manufacturing engineering systems (FMEA, SPC) and structured problem solving methods (such as DMAIC)
Understanding and ability to apply process characterization and robust engineering principles
Strong track record of effective problem-solving, and root-cause analysis
Project management experience preferred
Experience using statistical software (JMP preferred)
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Essential Functions & Responsibilities
Participate/lead in technology start-up, transfer, and ramp activities from development site to meet yield, reliability, cost, and device performance goals
Design statistical experiments and analyze results to characterize key process metrics and optimize process modules
Take leadership role to establish relationships between departments and satellite sites to ensure timely communication and effective problem solving
Provide engineering support for high volume manufacturing across multiple engineering departments in a global organization, working with international teams in cross functional environment
Analyze data using sound statistical methodology to drive improvements and recommendations to operations of process engineering
Understanding of and ability to interpret the results from physical and electrical failure analytical techniques and various compositional analysis measurements
Ability to identify and implement creative solutions
Ensure adherence to all safety/environmental procedures
Responsible for all equipment within the stated area which includes configuration control, maintenance documents, and training
Will lead vendor discussions as needed for improvement projects, and issue resolution
May have a small team of technicians reporting directly to this position
Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to 12 hours per day
Will climb stairs on an occasional basis
Will lift, push or pull up to 27 pounds on a 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.