Automation Engineer - Cell Fab

6 days ago(1/10/2018 6:16 PM)
Job ID
Solar Manufacturing - Engineers

Company/Position Overview

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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


About the Position:

This position reports to the Senior Engineering Manager. The principle function of this position is to provide daily operations support to the wafer and cell handling systems in the SolarWorld’s PERC cell factory with respect to efficiency, yields, quality, productivity and cost. The Automation Engineer leads the introduction, maintenance and development of equipment for manufacturing silicon wafers and solar cells. The successful candidate assumes ownership of particular equipment, sub-systems or processes, and provides content expertise. He/she collaborates with production and maintenance personnel, manages specific projects and coordinates cross-functional activities with vendors, engineers, facilities, and the IT department.


Primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Optimizing and maintaining equipment functionality of the CTS, ABL, SEL systems to achieve the best possible throughput, yield, quality and solar cell power.
  • Own the ABL and SEL process, process control, documentation, improvement and development work in cooperation with cell fab engineering and technician team.
  • Work closely with the CTS process engineer to develop, sustain, and improve overall solar cell efficiency and factory performance.
  • Daily monitoring of CTS and ABL/SEL production systems and responding to problems resulting in yield loss, cell tester alignment, calibration mismatch, quality excursions and low solar cell efficiency through self-driven, comprehensive troubleshooting down to root cause.
  • Partner with Purchasing to ensure proper auxiliary and consumable material flow assigned areas.
  • Implement and ensure execution of reliable operation routines to achieve best repeatability and reproducibility across multiple solar cell print lines.
  • In coordination with the operations team and the quality engineer, ensure the proper execution of quality metrics.
  • Ownership over out of control action plan to enable operations to trouble shoot and resolve problems in a controlled manner.
  • Develop operational procedures and train production technicians and equipment operator on proper and safe execution and verify compliance
  • Documenting changes, gathering experimental data, reporting quality results, comparing wafer/cell defects of different natures.
  • Maintain and search equipment logs and production database, consolidate data for reporting line yield and monitor crucial process parameters to ensure highest quality and efficiencies of solar cells
  • Communicate with production supervisors and personnel to gather data, coordinate daily activities and training.
  • Train maintenance and process integration technicians.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will possess the following combination of experience, knowledge, and skills:

  • A minimum of a 4-year degree in a technical discipline or equivalent work experience
  • 4 years minimum experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience in the processing of crystalline silicon solar cells and in laser system maintenance
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and technical specifications and literature.
  • Hands-on experience in running, maintaining and modifying equipment as well as machine shop and power tools.
  • Experience in training and mentoring technical and operational staff.
  • Solid skills in PC and Windows applications.
  • SQL proficiency and knowledge of statistical data analysis is beneficial
  • Must have demonstrated problem solving skills, and must be willing to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to prioritize deliverables in an often-competing environment.
  • Must be able to work under time constraints and be flexible in regard to work hours in order to support 24x7 coverage.
  • Must have the ability to work inside a clean room environment and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


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