Specialist- Manufacturing Shift (D Crew/PM Shift)

First Solar

First Solar

Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2023

Job Description

First Solar reserves the right to offer you a role most applicable to your experience and skillset.

Basic Job Functions:

  1. Coordinate, schedule and prioritize solar module manufacturing operations for coater, submodule or finishing operations and activities related to this outcome.


  • High School Diploma or the equivalent from an accredited high school or institution required.
  • Associate degree in technical discipline preferred.
  • 3 years First Solar manufacturing experience required.
  • 2 years manufacturing supervision or engineering experience preferred.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Safety First mindset.
  • Basic math skills.
  • Thorough understanding of all production processes and equipment.
  • Must be able to work in a team environment.
  • Basic problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of electrical, mechanical, or chemical systems preferred.
  • Basic troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Words and Outlook).
  • Proficient in data mining systems, such as: Report Manager, SAS and JMP.
  • Understanding of production control systems, equipment run-rate, Theory of Constraints, WIP management and floor layout interaction.
  • Understanding of direct and indirect material list, consumption POR, replenishment, storage and tracking system.
  • Proven ability to train and develop associates.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • The ideal candidate should have the ability to think outside the box and to develop unique and timely solutions.
  • Experience and working knowledge of continuous improvement tools.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Adheres to all safety procedures and 5S standards.
  • Ability to take strategy and convert into actionable deliverables to meet daily, weekly and monthly P90.
  • Responsible for effective communication, fostering teamwork and cross functional management.
  • Monitors KPI’s for respective areas and takes necessary actions, as needed, to identify potential risks to safety, throughput or quality and help define and implement mitigation strategies.
  • Coordinates, schedules and prioritizes production related activities, personnel, projects, planning and other functions within various crews and support departments.
  • Leads and drives plant operations action items to closure with functional owners to remove constraints for 24X7 operations. Provide assessment for operation recovery and assignment of headcount, WIP.
  • Coordinates with functional managers for creation of new change request throughout the 24X7 operation with emphasis on standardized practices to minimize capacity lost.
  • Contributes to continuous improvement in safety, quality and operations.
  • Contents expert and point of contact for coater, submodule or finishing operations.
  • Coordinates and drive respective area tools utilization, availability or cycle time improvement projects or related issues with regards to coater, submodule or finishing operations such as headcount planning and development, material allocation, upgrade activities, ETA execution and yield improvement.
  • Drives and owns coater pitstop, HPVD & Metallizer target change, working scrap management or module palletizing execution consistency and quality across 4 crews.
  • Drives manufacturing execution team and support groups to meet desired Operational Efficiency (OE = MU/MA) target versus Machine Availability (MA).
  • Effectively utilize support teams to find root cause and resolve issues to improve safety, quality and throughput.
  • Reviews and approves respective area process change work instructions to ensure manufacturing viability.
  • Provides technical support to operations training team for development of training plans and reinforcement of existing procedure.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

  • This position will not have direct reports.


  • 5% - 10%

Estimated Salary Range:

  • $65,300-$93,000 Annually

US Physical Requirements:

Manufacturing & Maintenance Physical Requirements:

  • Will sit, stand, or walk short distances for up to 12 hours per day.
  • Will climb stairs on a frequent basis.
  • Will lift up to 58 pounds on an occasional basis, according to work instruction.
  • Will lift up to 37 pounds on a frequent basis.
  • Will push or pull up to 27 pounds of force on an occasional basis.
  • Will push or pull up to 10 pounds of force 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) and the ability to distinguish between red, yellow, and green is required.
  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis.
  • May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis.
  • Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including, but not limited to; steel toed shoes, cut resistant gloves, jackets, aprons &/or arm guards, safety glasses, hearing protection).

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 and 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.