Field Reliability Technician Intern (Fall 2024)

First Solar

First Solar

Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024

Job Description

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

Job Overview:

Leading the world’s sustainable energy future, First Solar interns work around the globe/country in research and development, marketing, project development, information technology, engineering, energy services and much more. When you work at First Solar, you will be challenged every day and provided real world experience. You will be given the opportunity to find new solutions and develop new skills to further advance your skillset. At First Solar we strive to foster a culture that encourages innovation through collaboration, urging colleagues to take smart risks, learning from failures and course correcting, and owning personal accountability for contributing to our mission.

Expected Length of Internship:

Fall semester

  • As an internship company, we allow flexibility to enroll in classes while working as an intern, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the essential functions of the position.


  • Basic electrical engineering classroom lab work or at least 1 yr of experience in the electrical field is required.
  • The candidate should be familiar with electronics and/or electrical measurement equipment
  • Safety training (i.e. NFPA70, OSHA) is a plus


  • Someone working towards an electrical engineering degree.
  • First Solar encourages all interns to register their internship with their university.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Must have basic understanding of how solar panels operate and how AC/DC electricity works.
  • Knowledge of Data Acquisition Systems (DAS)
  • Basic experience using electrical test and measurement equipment (i.e. DMM, clamp-on current meters, IR camera, power supplies, etc.)
  • Basic ability using tools and operating equipment required.
  • Adheres to all safety procedures and good housekeeping standards.
  • Must have the ability to follow directions and use work instructions.
  • Must be motivated to work independently.
  • Must be able to work outdoors.
  • Must be able to demonstrate problem solving ability.
  • Basic machine shop skills a plus.
  • Must be organized and keep a clean and orderly work area at all times.
  • Basic experience using electrical test and measurement equipment.
  • Proven communications skills and attention to detail.
  • Intermediate computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, SQL is a plus).
  • Good team player.
  • Possess basic knowledge of databases and data processing (JMP and SQL experience desirable).
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision, pay attention to detail and be results oriented.
  • Consistently demonstrates efficient and effective methods to deliver quality test results.

Basic Internship Scope (Project):

  • The intern will be expected to calibrate instrumentation that is part of a Data Acquisition System (i.e. ADAM 4117/4118, voltage transducers, etc).
  • Inspection of combiner boxes with an IR camera to determine if there are any hot spots due to loose connections
  • Work with team to remove and test solar panels from the field. Testing in the lab will consist of running tests on equipment such as; Solar Simulator, Eletroluminescence (EL) machine, Reflectometer (X/Y mapper), etc.
  • Perform data entry for Reliability testing.
  • Responsible to ensure that all the tests and measurements are complete per the schedule.
  • Responsible to communicate immediately any abnormal findings on the product or testing equipment.
  • Responsible to assist in any other task or job assign by supervisor.
  • Upon the completion of this internship, the intern is required to present their accomplishments and project summary to the leadership team.


  • No travel is required.

Estimated Hourly Range:

  • $17.00 - $25.00 per hour

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 an occasional basis.
  • Will lift up to 51 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).
  • 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 band 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.