Engineer- Facilities I

First Solar

  • Tamil Nadu, India
Engineer- Facilities I
Job Posted : Jul 18th, 2023

Job Description

The Facility Engineer I will oversee building maintenance, housekeeping, landscaping, contractor work administration, and safety management. This role will receive input from various internal and external sources, working with Plant Replication, Manufacturing and Development Engineering to modify facility systems ensuring project budget and timing is met.  The successful individual will have a broad knowledge of the existing facilities, production equipment and manufacturing processes.


  • Demonstrates experience with commercial building utility power, air compressors, emergency generators, plumbing, fire detection and facility systems. Able to detect and resolve problems using professional knowledge and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of Facilities Engineering Techniques and Practices.
  • Knowledge of computer applications including CAD a plus.


  • High School diploma and at least 5 years as a Facility Engineering Technician in a Manufacturing setting or:
  • Skilled Trade Electrical or Mechanical Journeyman with 3 years in a Manufacturing setting or:
  • Associates Degree in a technical discipline with 3 years as a Facility Engineering Technician in a manufacturing setting or:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical discipline with 1-3 years as a Facility Engineering Technician in a manufacturing setting.

Required Skills/Competencies:-

  • Knowledge of building electrical, mechanical and HVAC with a strong emphasis on electrical systems.
  • Knowledge of OSHA 70E Arc Flash programs.
  • Knowledge of facility BMS systems, access control, security, life safety, and fire systems.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • A team player with the ability to work well with internal and external teams.

Essential Responsibilities:-

  • Ensures that all contractors and on-site vendors procured by the Facilities Manager are aware of and adhere to all Company Safety Procedures and that they signify by signing the proper documentation.
  • Interfaces with other departments, contractor, and supplier personnel.
  • Assists in the department budget process and audits the same to ensure that goals are met.
  • Responsible for effective communications levels and fosters team building.
  • Responsible for adherence to all safety procedures and good housekeeping standards.
  • Identifies and recommends opportunities for cost savings.
  • Maintains Perrysburg building and grounds facilities using applicable resources and equipment.
  • Evaluates and recommends all facility-related contractors including janitorial, security, grounds/building maintenance, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Administers contracts, ensuring that the building is receiving quality service & prices according to the contract. Resolves any discrepancies with contractor.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates activities concerned with design, construction, modification, and maintenance of equipment and machinery within the plant.
  • Establishes standards and policies, maintains OSHA 70-E electrical standards.
  • Recommends equipment and services purchased to improve operating efficiencies and provides justification required. Conducts comprehensive studies to analyze and improve utility and departmental effectiveness.
  • Provides leadership in achieving safety goals. Ensures on-going safety awareness for facilities department and ensures that various environmental and safety regulatory requirements are met.
  • Maintains facility engineering drawings.
  • Oversees new construction projects. Ensures that contractors are performing work that is timely and meets specifications. Ensures that invoices for work and materials are in accordance with the contract. Resolves any problems with contractor or material supplier.
  • Performs other assignments as required.

Reporting Relationships:-

  • This position will report to the Manager, Facilities Plant


  • Less than 10% 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).


  • Tamil Nadu, India.

Company Overview:-

First Solar is leading the world’s sustainable energy future. We are an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries of the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants. Our cost-advantaged solar technology boasts the smallest carbon footprint, lowest life cycle water use, and fastest energy payback in the industry. We are delivering solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges including climate change, energy security, water scarcity, and the unsustainable growing consumption of natural resources. At First Solar, you will feel valued, appreciated and challenged, working side-by-side with some of the top minds in the industry. You will be regularly updated on the company’s goals, progress and achievements. First Solar maintains a culture where all associates work together to lead the world’s sustainable energy future. We believe in employee engagement, collaboration, well-being and productivity for all generations and emerging work styles. We’re changing the world. Now, let us start with yours. First Solar is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. First Solar’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by application country, federal, state or local laws; the company prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.