Manager- Engineering Manufacturing Solution Development Process Rollout USA

First Solar

First Solar

Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2024

Job Description

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

Basic Job Functions:

The incumbent under limited supervision is responsible for the management of ramping new technologies from R&D to High Volume Manufacturing. The engineering solution development will ensure the processes ramps and is able to demonstrate defined goals for Efficiency, Stability, manufacturing yield, and throughput in a defined timeline. This person will be responsible for managing a group of engineers and technicians (and as needed, overseeing training content for engineers and operators), on new process introduction, implementation, and documentation.

The incumbent is expected to provide strong leadership to the team, training personnel on all aspects of the semiconductor deposition process and coaching when changes or improvements are necessary. The position will manage the task of the solution development department workload, tasks, and priorities. This person will be responsible for defining and documenting the requirements of the new technology process books (includes control plan, WI, OCAP, FMEA….).

At all times, the incumbent will maintain effective team interaction with Manufacturing Integration, New Process/ Product Introduction, Development Engineering, and Quality and Reliability Engineering. The incumbent will involve all needed parties in the successful qualification and implementation of new process changes. This person will lead/participate in global process and equipment fingerprinting and alignment activities. This person will be expected to define, set-up, and lead cross-functional forums to meet objectives detailed above.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Discipline or Physical Science Field or the equivalent required.
  2. Masters degree in Engineering Discipline or Physical Science Field or the equivalent preferred.
  3. 5+ years of strong process engineering experience in a manufacturing environment.
  4. Experience sustaining or developing thin-film deposition processes (Sputtering, CVD, Roll-Coating etc.), Thermal Annealing Processes in a high-volume manufacturing environment.
  5. Demonstrated experience with using appropriate Materials Characterization tools like SEM, TEM, XRF, SIMS for troubleshooting process and equipment issues.
  6. Demonstrated experience with optical metrology tools for thin-film measurements and process feedback.
  7. Fluent with Microsoft Office Suite and Data Analysis platforms like JMP or Minitab
  8. Knowledge of ISO 9000 standards, statistical methods and SPC tools.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Proven Leadership skills.
  • Proven project management skills.
  • Knowledge of Manufacturing Processes.
  • Knowledge of Engineering Techniques and Practices.
  • Knowledge of ISO 9000 standards and SPC tools.
  • Robust Engineering/design of experiments, Six Sigma and FMEA.
  • Proven quality Skills.
  • Proven Technical problem-solving skills to include interpersonal applications.
  • Possess excellent data analysis and collection skills,
  • Knowledge of MS Office suite and statistical software.
  • Good communications skills.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Fills the requirements of the Manufacturing Process Qualification.
  • Ramps new processes from Product Qual to Implementation.
  • Performs regular performance reviews of Manufacturing Engineers and Manufacturing Engineering Technicians.
  • Prioritizes personnel resources as directed.
  • Provides strong leadership to the Engineering team, training personnel on all aspects of the deposition process, and coaching when changes or improvements are necessary.
  • Responsible to interface with other Company, customer, and supplier representatives.
  • Evaluates new proposed equipment according to process standards.
  • Reviews process experiment proposals and subsequent results.
  • Develops new operating procedures and accurate process description.
  • Maintains effective communications levels and fosters Team Building. Removes roadblocks to the team’s success.
  • Defines and implements corrective/preventive actions and continuous improvement activities as assigned.
  • Adheres to all safety procedures and good housekeeping standards.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

This position will have direct reports.


5% - 10%

Estimated Salary Range:

$122,800-$175,000 annually.

US 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).

Office Physical Requirements:

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. To best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

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 are a driving force in the success of our company.