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Power Generation Lead PV Technician

Date: Mar 20, 2020

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:




SunPower is seeking a Lead PV Technician to manage all operations functions at the 136MW Rosamond PV Projects and surrounding PV projects in the vicinity. It is a supervisory position of multiple employees who perform tasks as specified in an executed O&M service agreement between SunPower Corporation and the Customer/Operator. The Lead PV Technician is responsible for scheduling, performance monitoring, reporting requirements, and snow removal, etc.  The Lead PV Technician will select contractors/vendors, initiate contracts and supervise contractors/vendors and SunPower PV technicians in the performance of their assigned duties. The Lead PV Technician reports to the Region Manager. The site is located in the vicinity of Rosamond, CA.


Some travel may be required for this position.     


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for implementation of an OSHA compliant safety program at the plant.

Create and manage an annual budget.

Using the SunPower work management system, ensure work is planned and scheduled to meet warranty and service contract commitments/requirements.

Develop, implement and report metrics for measuring plant performance, work progress, and work backlog.

Develop and follow written procedures for plant operations and maintenance.

Establish and maintain spare parts inventories, tools and equipment needed to meet requirements of the O&M service agreement.

As specified in an executed O&M service agreement between SunPower Corporation and a Customer, perform: scheduling, performance monitoring, preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance, vegetation management, module cleaning, snow removal, etc.

Select contractors/vendors, initiate contracts and supervise contractors/vendors or SunPower PV technicians as needed to fulfill O&M service agreement obligations.

Conduct or supervise customer training.

Coach PV Technicians in the performance of maintenance tasks.

Perform duties associated with requirements of managing teams as outlined by Human Resources

Program Management of;

  • Management of Change
  • NERC Compliance
  • PPA Contract
  • Maximo Training
  • Develop and maintain Preventive and Corrective Maintenance Programs incorporating Reliability Centered Maintenance.

Manage Contractors in the performance of Plant Maintenance Tasks.

Develop and administer the Continuous Improvement Program (CIP)

Assist in Root Cause Analysis to ensure continuous improvement.




Minimum requirements –


Strong technical and supervisory skills.

Proven ability to successfully procure, monitor, and assess subcontracted functions such as electrical contractors.

Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills.

Well-developed and professional interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with people at all levels of the organization, as well as outside customers and vendors.

Ability to work with minimal or no supervision with a customer service focus.

Ability to work in high-pressure situations.

Organizational skills needed to manage time well, prioritize effectively, and handle multiple deadlines.

Experience using and/or implementing Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) Prefer MAXIMO.

Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

Strong knowledge and use of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).




Two years of formal technical training with at least one year of electronics or medium/high voltage systems training.

5+ years Supervisory Experience with increasing levels of responsibility.

2+ years experience maintaining and troubleshooting electronic and electrical power distribution systems similar or more complex than SunPower systems.

1+ years contract and budget management experience preferred.

Experience using computer work management and scheduling tools.

Experience reading and interpreting electrical, I&C, and mechanical drawings and technical manuals.




Provide information and training to customers.

Customer service skills are essential for this role as the customer will be on-site during the contract term.

Create written reports/memos/emails to communicate findings internally and externally.

Communicate with customers about their system operation and performance.

Communicate with vendors about the performance of their products.

Communicate with Quality/Product Development/Purchasing departments about field and remote data findings.

Communicate with technicians.





Ability to analyze operating data and identify anomalies.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as percentages, lengths, and electrical values.

Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, geometry, and statistical analysis.







Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization may exist. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, architectural or electrical drawing, or schedule form.

Ability to analyze and respond to organizational and personnel issues.





Regularly required to see, talk, and hear.

Be able to inspect and work maintenance activities in outdoor construction type areas without handicap access.

Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands to dexterously maneuver small parts in confined spaces, such as wires, screws, and various components within electrical equipment.

Regularly required to kneel, crawl, climb ladders and stairs, use scissor lifts and cherry picker.

Lift 50 pounds unassisted.




The Lead PV Technician’s work will be performed in both an office and fieldwork environment; however, the environment for field inspections exposes the Supervisor to the risk of electric shock, heights, moving mechanical parts, fumes, and airborne particles.  Additionally while working outdoors, the employee is exposed to heat, cold, inclement weather, and ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The noise levels may require hearing protection.


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.

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