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Engineer - PV Plant Perform II

Tempe AZ

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:

We’re changing the world. Let us start with yours.

First Solar’s Energy Services unit seeks candidates who believe in our mission of providing cost-advantaged solar services through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership and operational excellence. Members of the Energy Services team have a direct hand in offsetting carbon emissions from traditional energy sources by ensuring that our customers’ power plants are available and performing at optimal levels. Every year, power plants managed by First Solar produced over 11 terawatt hours of clean, renewable energy. This is equivalent to powering 1.2 million homes and removing 1.7 million cars from the road.

The Energy Services team looks for individuals who enjoy contributing to an innovative, forward-thinking team, are effective problem solvers, data and results driven and continuously look for ways to improve processes to help us lead the world’s sustainable energy future.


Basic Job Functions:

Responsible for conducting performance analysis of PV power plants.



At least three (3) years of experience with power generation or similar systems including systems analysis and troubleshooting

Substantive experience conducting root cause analysis, working with large data sets, visualizing data in a variety of graphical formats, identifying trends and outliers

Practical knowledge of data mining techniques and application of basic statistical principles



Four (4) year engineering degree, required


Required Skills:

Superior analytical ability including ability to accurately describe the relationship between physical events and trends in measured data for systems of moderate complexity

Ability to take direction, identify problems, develop solutions, conduct analysis independently and in collaboration with others

Willingness to take responsibility for completion of projects to professional standards and a set schedule

Proficiency with database query language such as SQL required

Proficiency with JMP or MatLab or Python desirable

Superior verbal and written communication skills

Ability to demonstrate a high level of commitment to the team’s success.

Ability to share technical expertise with team members.

Ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects and tasks

Good work habits including appropriate documentation of analysis and ability to follow procedures and processes

Ability to collaborate with regionally dispersed team members via email, instant messaging and phone

Significant hands on experience operating, maintaining, and repairing any physical system (electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, etc).

Ability to lead a team of peers to efficiently accomplish medium complexity projects over a medium to short length time frame

Proficient use of all Microsoft Office Suite programs

Available to travel periodically to remote PV Plant and Owner/Customer locations in US and Canada, not to exceed 10%


Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

Use existing analytical tools to generate periodic internal and external performance reports independently (little to no oversight)

Use existing analytical tools to generate ad-hoc reports independently (little to no oversight)

Independently identify performance problems or data anomalies from existing reports and using analysis methods, plant logs, and inquiries to explain and remedy the source of those problems

Investigate specific PV Plant performance questions and concerns independently (little to no oversight)

Independently troubleshoot common problems with plant measurement equipment and remedy those problems by working with site technicians or traveling to the site to address the problem in person

Drive continuous improvements by identifying deficiencies in existing tools and methods

Suggest new techniques for PV Plant and Fleet analysis and communicating the advantage of these techniques

Lead a team to complete specific project efforts such as root cause investigations, software development efforts, or other projects with little oversight

With little to no oversight, communicating efficiently and accurately with customers while conveying a sense of professionalism, courtesy, and competency

With significant involvement of contract manager, negotiating with customers over contract terms and testing/reporting requirements

Other duties as assigned

Job Description subject to change at any time


Office Physical Requirements:

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Please note: 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.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.


Language Requirements


Power Generation



Bachelor of Engineering (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.



Posted November 26, 2018

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