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Senior Reliability Engineer

Req ID:  85241

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 Phillipines. 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:

This position will be responsible for the reliability engineering program related to Balance-of-Systems (BOS) electrical components and inverters.  This person will design reliability qualification and ongoing reliability test plans, conduct reliability lab and field studies, analyze data and clearly communicate test results and conclusions to internal cross-functional technical teams.  As necessary, the person will also take the lead on investigations on laboratory and field reliability failures and propose initiatives that will continue to improve the reliability performance of electronic products. 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • In charge of reliability activities for a wide variety of auxiliary electronic products within the Residential business unit, from new product reliability qualification to ongoing monitoring of production-released products. 
  • Take the lead in conducting Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA) together with design, product and field applications engineering teams. 
  • Work with development engineering to define quality and reliability qualification test plans based on field failure risk assessments and in compliance with international product and test standards such as UL, IEC, ASTM, etc. 
  • Internally conduct reliability tests using laboratory environmental chambers and/or actual solar field exposure alpha test sites; analyze test results and provide technical recommendations to internal cross-functional teams.
  • As necessary, coordinate with external test providers and ensure the tests will be conducted according to specified test and/or electrical conditions. 
  • Drive root cause analysis investigations in the event of reliability qualification and/or ongoing reliability test failures.
  • Develop reliability program policies and procedures that will align reliability qualification milestones to the over-all product development lifecycle from design concept up to approval for mass production.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Engineering and 5+ years of related experience or M.S. Degree and 3+ years or Ph.D. 2+ years
  • OR equivalent combination of education and years of related experience
  • Intensive experience in high-volume electronics manufacturing, preferably dealing with inverter and/or electric or solar products.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as a Reliability Engineer in an electronics production environment. 
  • Deep knowledge of electronics industry reliability standards, product certification or test standards (UL, IEC, ASTM, etc), reliability test methods and acceleration models for life prediction.


Essential Qualifications:

  • Intensive experience in Statistical Analysis (sampling statistics, confidence levels,  SPC, DOE, etc) and software (JMP, Minitab, etc).
  • Well-versed in the internal setup and operation of reliability and electrical test equipment, including environmental chambers, power source, etc; 2 years of experience dealing with external laboratories, preferred. 
  • Proficient in the usage of data acquisition and analysis software (Weibull++, Matlab, Labview, etc).
  • Diverse knowledge of multiple manufacturing processes (Surface Mount Technology, semiconductor assembly,  electro-mechanical assembly,  wiring, etc); 


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Able to travel up to 10%
  • Able to work in a test laboratory setting and/or field exposure test site.

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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Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation
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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.




SunPower Values

  • Put Customers First
  • Win Together
  • Lead Decisively
  • Innovate Relentlessly
  • Do the Right Thing

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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