Manufacturing Automation Engineer

2 weeks ago
Job ID
Solar Manufacturing - Engineers

Company/Position Overview


At SolarWorld, each and every one of our employees is helping to save the world by delivering clean energy from sand and sun.  Our vision is simple: We Build the SolarWorld. We are a leader in providing customer-oriented solar energy solutions, striving to make solar energy competitive and affordable for the average consumer.  We have 500 MW of production capacity at our state of the art manufacturing facility in Oregon.  SolarWorld is dedicated to providing a work climate that promotes career growth, open communication and new ideas. 



Job Accountabilities

  • Initiate and drive safety improvements in methods, machines, processes and areas. Perform and drive safe behaviors in all tasks and areas.
  • Support a 24/7 high-volume production facility including off-hours, on-call, and on-site support
  • Work closely with Maintenance and Production personnel to support efforts, which will improve the performance of manufacturing systems, e.g. yield, speed, personnel requirements, and maintenance needs.
  • Become knowledgeable to troubleshoot PLC program glitches, robot malfunctions, manufacturing equipment issues
  • Become knowledgeable to program PLCs and robots
  • Learn how to initiate and drive productivity improvements in a PV module fab.
  • Establish work instructions and procedures for minor and major equipment maintenance tasks.
  • Eventually take fully ownership of production equipment and processes
  • Train and certify maintenance technicians on PM procedures.
  • Conceive, drive, and implement SPC on production tools.
  • Learn how to write technical reports of evaluations
  • Learn how to perform tests and qualifications.
  • Insure complete process documentation and QS9000 compliance (FMEAs, Gage RnR, and operation procedures).
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • Minimum 4-year degree / Bachelors in related technical discipline (BS Mechanical, Industrial, Chemical, or Electrical Engineering, BS Material Science, BS Physics, etc.) and a minimum of one to two years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be willing to learn programming of PLCs and Robots.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) as you will be working in a team environment that is very data-driven.
  • Ability to correlate automation problems with material, personnel, equipment, process changes, DoE/Stat/Six Sigma, etc., data & trend analysis.
  • Must be able to work under time constraints and be flexible in regards to work hours.
  • Must have a "whatever it takes" attitude to get the job done (This may mean working long hours, weekends, nights, etc.)
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Solid skills in MS Office Windows applications.
  • Knowledge of 3D modeling software (Inventor, Solidworks) and/or 3D printing is a plus
  • Skilled in statistical data analysis. SQL proficiency is beneficial
  • Must have the ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and lift up to 30 pounds
  • Previous experience with Siemens PLC control programming and/or robotics (KUKA, Fanuc, 5-6 axis, gantry) is highly beneficial.


SolarWorld is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Veteran/G

All offers of employment are contingent upon a candidate’s successful completion of SolarWorld’s pre-employment drug testing, and background investigation, which includes employment, education and criminal histories. 



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