Manufacturing Operations Technician I

First Solar
Dong Nam
21 Apr 2019
21 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for 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, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world's energy mix.
Primary Job Functions:
Education and Experience:
  • High School Diploma or the equivalent from an accredited high school or institution.
  • Six (6) months or more experience as a FSLR Manufacturing Operator.

Required Skills/Competencies:
  • Safety First mindset.
  • Basic mathematic skills.
  • Must be able to work in a team environment.
  • Basic problem solving skills.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and apply Statistical Process Control (SPC) concepts preferred .
  • Certifications on all Series 6 finishing and submodule operations OR all Series 6 coater and HPVD operations.
  • Knowledge of electrical, mechanical, or chemical systems required.
  • Able to troubleshoot and solve problems on the manufacturing line.
  • Ability to deal with administrative as well as technical tasks.
  • Able to perform PM's as required per operation.
  • Familiarity with vacuum systems, lasers, and glass handling required.
  • Fundamental computer application knowledge.
  • Self-directed, ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Basic mechanical aptitude.
  • Operating high-volume manufacturing equipment/process.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain forklift certification and walk behind forklift certification.
  • Most recent GPS rating of Solid Contributor (SC) or better.
  • Must not be on an active level write up at time of promotion.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Adhere to all safety procedures and practice good housekeeping.
  • Perform job duties in accordance to all written work instructions and procedures.
  • Operate equipment used to manufacture solar modules at acceptable quality and throughout levels.
  • Perform various shop floor manufacturing tasks as necessary.
  • Maintain quality control procedures and required documentation.
  • Assure proper inventory levels of materials and parts, where needed.
  • Make improvement suggestions as necessary using the proper format and process.
  • Ensure that the equipment is properly maintained and troubleshoots where necessary.
  • Responsible for effective communication and fostering teamwork.
  • Solve day-today production, equipment, and process problems.
  • Ensure all processes are running on target as defined by the Process Control Plan.
  • Respond to SPC process control alarms, bringing processes back into control.
  • Support the operation of pilot-line equipment to define a new process.
  • Transition new equipment and processes through start-up, qualification, and implementation.
  • Interface with internal associates as required, to complete assigned projects.
  • Develop a complete understanding of area processes, equipment, and support systems.
  • Maintain effective communication with supervision, maintenance, and manufacturing engineers.
  • Disposition non-conforming product according to established criteria (NCP).
  • Ensure waste materials are discarded in their designated containers.
  • Ensure hazardous waste containers stay closed except when adding or removing waste.
  • Ensure satellite accumulation containers stay in their designated locations.
  • Identify and implement yield and product performance improvements.
  • Set-up and maintain gauges.
  • Execute planned process experiments, collect and analyze data and report experimental results.
  • Collect data relating to daily tool performance and associated product performance.
  • In some instances, operate/setup semiconductor and/or sputter coater equipment within specifications defined in the work instructions to optimize output and minimize scrap.
  • Occasionally work with engineering teams to run approved tests ensuring all parameters are set as defined in the approved test plan or in the work instructions.
  • Occasionally work with the manufacturing engineering team to identity deviations and root causes of equipment malfunctions and/or process variation.
  • Train Manufacturing Operator's as needed for Series 6 processes in accordance to approved work instructions.
  • Perform all PM's as assigned on Series 6 operations and support equipment.
  • Respond to SPC process control alarms, bringing processes back into control.
  • Able to act as point of contact for floor operations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Reporting Relationships:
  • No direct reports.

  • No regular travel is required outside the First Solar work site.

DNM Physical Requirements:
  • Able to perform normal physical movements (e.g. standing & sitting for a long period, lifting, carrying and climbing) according to EHS ergonomic guidelines.
  • 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 23 kg on an occasional basis, according to Minister of Health guidelines
  • Will lift up to 17 kg on a frequent basis, according to Minister of Health guidelines
  • Will push or pull up to 13 kg of force on an occasional basis.
  • Will push or pull up to 5 kg of force on a frequent basis.
  • Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis.
  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis.
  • May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis.
  • 20/40 vision in each eye (with or without correction) and the ability to distinguish between red, yellow and green is required.
  • 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, 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).
Language Requirements
First Solar Manufacturing-
Diploma - High School (Required)-
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, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.

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