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Reliability & FA Technician

Req ID:  99409

Do you want to change the world? We do, too.
The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%.  But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we’re looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.
SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.
SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 2,000 in North America and the Philippines. In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than SunPower.
We believe that our employees create our brand – with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is:


Summary of Role:

The Reliability & FA Technician will support the Reliability Engineering group with test scheduling, execution, monitoring and reporting, preliminary troubleshooting and failure analysis along with lab upkeep. Some of the daily tasks will include, but not limited to:

  • Scheduling: Regularly co-ordinate with the reliability engineering group update and maintain the test scheduler with on-going and upcoming projects
  • Test fixture assembly: Participate in test fixture development discussions and assist with test fixture assembly and installation, per inputs from the reliability test engineer
  • Test setup: Assist the Reliability test engineer with test setup per test plan requirements
  • Test monitoring and reporting: Regularly monitor test progress, analyze basic test data and report to the reliability engineering group in a timely manner; start and stop chambers and test profiles as needed; log any anomalous behavior of the DUT (device under test), test peripherals or chambers
  • Failure analysis: Perform optical microscopy, sample prep, grinding/polishing, ICT (in-circuit testing) while consulting with reliability, product engineering and validation groups
  • Lab upkeep: Ensure test equipment and chambers are kept functional and calibrated; schedule chamber maintenance as needed; receive and store DUTs pre and post-test in an organized manner


This position will report to the Reliability Engineer.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Participate in all phases of testing from planning to completion, as needed
  • Build electro-mechanical test fixtures and cabling for new product reliability testing
  • Procure parts, maintain inventory and relevant documentation of equipment and chambers for successful test execution
  • Support lab management to ensure chamber availability
  • Document and report test updates and test results on a regular basis
  • Assist the engineering team in preliminary troubleshooting / failure investigations for problems identified during lab testing or for field returns
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and builds strong working relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Perform LockOut / TagOut procedures


Essential Qualifications:

  • Ability to work in a lab with mechanical and electrical hardware and related test equipment
  • Basic soldering techniques
  • Experience operating environmental chambers or other production/testing equipment
  • Understanding of electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components
  • Ability to comprehend specific instructions from the test plan and build test setups
  • Experience with 120Vac equipment, principles of 120Vac wiring
  • Familiarity with safety practices around high-power equipment and cables
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills
  • Demonstrates a desire to learn and develop technical skills and test processes
  • Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office tools such as Word and Excel
  • Associates Degree or higher in engineering or another technical field, OR 3+ years of work experience in the fields of electronics, mechanical, or electrical OR equivalent experience in an industrial setting along with training courses (e.g., Technical, Safety, Engineering, Electrical contractor), apprenticeship, or similar formal learning


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some use of lab equipment such as power supplies, data loggers, O-scopes and handheld DMM
  • Experience with command line windows operations such as Linux or Powershell
  • Basic experience working in an electronics failure analysis lab, including non-destructive e.g., optical microscopy and destructive physical analysis techniques such as grinding/polishing/milling with careful attention to sample prep is a plus


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Some lifting is required, up to 50 pounds


Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

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Availability of Affirmative Action Plan for Review

SunPower is a federal government contractor. As a part of the Company’s obligations under law, it must develop a written Affirmative Action Program (AAP) for the Disabled, Recently Separated Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Active Duty Wartime Or Campaign Badge Veterans and for Women and Minorities as specified by law. Non-confidential and non-proprietary aspects of the AAP are available for inspection by applicants and employees, consistent with applicable law, which will be made available during office hours by contacting the EEO Officer.




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