Development Engineer I - Sputter

First Solar

First Solar

Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Job Description

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

Basic Job Functions:

  • Sustain sputter deposition equipment and process for R&D coupon line.
  • Drive improvements in throughput, yield, uptime, and process capability within functional area.
  • Perform focused material and device research to enhance thin film solar cell performance/stability and to reduce process variation.
  • Primary/secondary ownership of projects or functional areas within the group.

Education/Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and 20 years of relevant technical experience or 2 years of experience as an Associate Engineer or Development Engineer Technician III 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 an Associate Engineer or Development Engineer Technician III at First Solar.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering discipline or similar technical discipline and 3 years of relevant technical experience or 1 year of experience as an Associate Engineer or Development Engineer Technician III at First Solar.
  • Master’s Degree in an engineering discipline or similar technical discipline and 1 year of relevant technical experience or 1 year of experience as an Associate Engineer at First Solar.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Comprehensive and applied knowledge of plasma sputtering, vacuum systems, thin film photovoltaics, and/or material science.
  • Ability to make and execute detailed plans to achieve objectives with strong sense of ownership.
  • Understands and can apply statistical process controls techniques such as Six Sigma.
  • Skills and hands-on experience in design and execution of experiments in laboratory or manufacturing environment.
  • Statistical and analytical skills to interpret data and derive conclusions.
  • Good communication skills across organizations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the capability of collaborating with and developing others.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision to achieve goals.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain process specifications, work instructions, maintenance plans, and tool fingerprints.
  • Apply statistical process control (SPC) techniques to ensure low process variation and identify opportunities to further improve process capability.
  • Work with maintenance and sputter teams to ensure sputter tools are well maintained and maintenance plans/schedules are being followed.
  • Perform process space mapping to understand how key process inputs are related to key process outputs. Utilize learnings to optimize solar cell performance and define healthy process window.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in solar cell efficiency, material selection and process/equipment design through engineering, scientific or empirical methods.
  • Apply state of the art techniques for material analysis, statistical analysis of data or execution/planning of experiments. Develop a work plan that can address problems with well understood solution paths.
  • May be responsible to determine and evaluate material specification for improved performance. May be responsible to determine and evaluate tool/equipment specifications.
  • Effective communicator and coordinator within the organization. Effective team member that can support cross-functional project and take ownership of sub-deliverables.
  • May direct work of hourly associates and coach them.
  • Complies with Company's Environmental, Quality, Safety or any other policies that have been enforced.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to Development Engineer or Development Manager.
  • May have direct reports.

Travel:

  • 0% - 5% (On occasion/as needed for training, etc.)

Estimated Salary Range:

  • $63,900 - $90,000/Annually

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 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.