Engineer- Manufacturing

First Solar

  • Tamil Nadu, India
Engineer- Manufacturing
Job Posted : Apr 9th, 2024

Job Description

Install and qualify new process equipment.  Troubleshoot day-to-day manufacturing issues on the production line in a timely manner.  These include; tool down issues, yield, quality issues and identify actions to prevent repeat issues.  Identify and/or implement system improvements that contribute to the achievement of throughput, yield and product performance goals.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:-

  • Develop, continuously improve, and document robust solar module manufacturing processes to achieve the highest product performance in a cost efficient manner
  • Inject manufacturing requirements to new process development by working with development team
  • Design and execute experiments to establish manufacturing process window
  • Responsible for solving day-to-day production, equipment, and process problems
  • Evaluate, Install and Qualify new equipment
  • Design and execute planned process experiments, collect and analyze data and report experimental results
  • Responsible for data collection relating to daily equipment performance and associated product performance
  • Responsible to interface with internal associates and supplier representatives as required to complete assigned projects
  • Maintain effective communication with production associates and manufacturing engineers
  • Set up new gauges and perform Gauge maintenance
  • Develop and provide training to other engineers, engineering technicians, and production associates
  • Champion continuous improvement activities using six-sigma and other statistical problem-solving methods
  • Provide mentorship to Jr. engineers and Technicians
  • Develop Process Control Plans and Preventive Maintenance Plans
  • Develop and maintain drawings, process specifications, develop and enforce standard operating procedures
  • Perform data collection relating to daily equipment performance and associated product performance
  • Works with minimal supervision
  • Adhere to all safety procedures and good housekeeping standards and 5S
  • Domestic and International travel as required

Required Skills:-

  • Process or equipment engineering experience in the areas of thin-film deposition processes (Magnetron Sputtering, CVD, evaporation) OR thermal processing in semiconductor/ glass industry (continuous or batch ovens) is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of PLC and Controls
  • Demonstrated knowledgement of Vision system knowledge
  • Demonstrated Proficiency in Statistical Data Analysis
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated Proficiency Metrology and measurement best practices
  • Demonstrated Proficiency in writing complete manufacturing documentation
  • Understands and can apply Design of Experiments
  • Demonstrated Proficiency in applying Statistical Process Control
  • Structured Problem Solving Method (such as DMAIC, 5-Why, fishbone)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of manufacturing processes
  • Demonstrated proficiency in generating and maintaining FMEAs
  • Demonstrated capability to train operators, technicians, and new engineers
  • Ability to work autonomously to achieve goals
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

Education and Experience:-

  • Engineering degree in a technical discipline with 3 years Engineering experience in a manufacturing setting

Desired Skills:-

  • Knowledge of General Electronics
  • Knowledge in General Mechanical Systems
  • Demonstrated proficiency with applying Robust Engineering principles to develop and implementing processes

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.