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Manufacturing Engineer

Date: Dec 3, 2019

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 7,000 in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. 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:

Adhear to all safety policies and drive the highest level of safety for yourself, others, the product and the equipment.

  • Responsible for sustaining engineering, troubleshooting, training and documentation of all aspects of a high-volume line. 
  • Maintain and improve robotic automation systems for high-speed, high-volume, automated and semi-automated production of solar modules or cells in 24/7 operation.
  • Drive and execute improvements in the areas of safety, quality, and productivity using data-driven approach.
  • Working closely with Maintenance and Production personnel to support efforts which will improve the performance of manufacturing systems in respect to yield, productivity, predictability and OEE.
  • Troubleshoot, repair and maintain electro-mechanical problems for all manufacturing equipment. Find and eliminate root cause of tool malfunctions, using knowledge of programmable controllers, electronics, mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics with rigorous problem solving (Cause and Effect, Root Cause Analysis) methodology.
  • Perform and drive safe behaviors in all tasks and areas. Initiate and drive safety improvements in the methods, machines, processes and areas.
  • Establish work instructions and procedures for operation and for minor/major equipment maintenance tasks.
  • Program and teach robot for series of manipulator (arm-hand) moves (movements) manually or by electronic instructions to a microprocessor or by setting up and adjusting sequence by hand-held teach pendant.
  • Develop and deploy training and certification programs for staff including material used and on-the-job 1:1 training
  • Work cooperatively, cross-functionally and independently to achieve factory goals.
  • Review equipment effectiveness (OEE) data to initiate and manage continuous improvement projects of tool performance and overall manufacturing systems
  • Establish equipment benchmarks/comparisons.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline (or equivalent work experience).  Advance degree preferred. 
  • 5+ years experience in a similar engineering role
  • Experience editing/debugging programs for PLCs and soft-PLC controls along with hardware & software development, digital/analog IO, interface to motion controller, TCP/IP interface or MES communication.
  • Experience integrating and maintaining robotics into new or existing production sites. Reis, Fanuc, Kuka experience a plus.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in CAD, AutoCAD or similar software.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in developing, operating and troubleshooting a wide range of electro-mechanical tools such as conveyors, robots, fluid dispensing, presses, furnaces, vacuum laminators, testers, palletizers, product handling/indexing/positioning, stepper/servo drive systems and man-machine interfaces.
  • Willingness to work off-hours and overtime when factory needs arise.
  • Strong critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills. Multi-task abilities with
  • Ability to correlate tool and quality problems with material, personnel, equipment and process changes.
  • Demonstrated use of statistics and trend analysis
  • Familiarity with OCAPS, DOE, SPC, Six Sigma, LEAN manufacturing, 5S
  • Must be able to travel to other sites domestically and internationally, as required, for knowledge transfer and problem solving. Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid passport.
  • Ability to wear necessary personal protection equipment (PPE).
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) as you will be working in a team environment that is very data-driven.

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.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

SunPower Supports EEO

Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation
SunPower Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may use the following alternative email address to contact us about your interest in employment at SunPower Corporation: Please indicate in the subject that line of your email that you are requesting accommodation. Only candidates being considered for a position who require an accommodation will receive a follow-up response.



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.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

Job Segment: Industrial, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Manufacturing, Management

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