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Equipment Development Engineer - Software

Date: Feb 8, 2019

Location: San Jose, CA, US

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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:

Job Description: Equipment Development Engineer - Software

SunPower Corporation, a leader in the solar industry and provider of the world’s highest efficiency solar panel, is searching for a talented and highly motivated Equipment Development Engineer for Laser Technology.  The position is based in San Jose and reports directly to the Director of Equipment Development. The Equipment Development Group is responsible for designing and developing SunPower’s state of the art solar cell and module manufacturing platforms and supporting the initial deployments into manufacturing operations.


The Equipment Software Engineer will work closely with SunPower’s Process R&D group and the High Volume Manufacturing team to develop unique software based manufacturing solutions for SunPower’s Next Generation Technology (NGT).





Essential Duties and Responsibilities.

  • Own and lead development of the next generation of automation technologies for solar manufacturing
  • Debug issues while sustaining existing designs by developing robust solutions to problems
  • Implement design decisions around new feature requests
  • Design contingency plans for critical machine updates
  • Analyze technical requirements with the team to gauge level of effort
  • Write technical documentation for new features that can be easily understood by peers
  • Test new features before large scale implementation to minimize bugs and downtime
  • Keep abreast of new technologies
  • Communicate with and drive vendors/partners for component procurement.
  • Enhance overall ability of SunPower to succeed in cost reduction projects, including opportunity identification, cost analysis, project planning, execution, and reporting
  • Work across department boundaries to form cross-functional teams per the requirements of individual projects
  • Support deployment of new concepts, tools, and processes in high volume global manufacturing


Minimum Requirements:

  • B.S. in Mechanical, Electrical, Software Engineering or related field.
  • 5 years of experience in automation, mechatronics, robotics, or related field.
  • 2 years’ experience working on controls for industrial automated systems
  • Deep knowledge in one (or more) of the following software languages C#, C, C++, Java
  • Extended experience with various industrial device communication protocols and languages
  • Experience with data collection and storage
  • High ability to read and understand coded logic and debug issues
  • Ability to recognize impact / risks of adding new features in applications
  • Strong understanding of electro-mechanical principles and interaction between electrical and mechanical components
  • Hands-on experience in lab and production environments
  • Track record of successful delivery of software solutions for automation related projects
  • Ability to read and create electrical schematics
  • Ability to apply scientific problem-solving techniques
  • Quickly learns new technologies
  • Self-driven, motivated, with ability to work both independently and with diverse teams
  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Strong customer focused attitude
  • Willing to travel to and work at SunPower manufacturing sites and/or suppliers up to 15% of the time

Preferred Requirements:

  • Expert in C#, ASP, .NET, MVC
  • Familiarity with Programmable Logic Controllers in an automation environment
  • Experience in image processing
  • Understanding of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence principles
  • Demonstrated knowledge of IT and networking systems
  • Demonstrated track record for project management and ability to expedite new project introduction in a global environment
  • Strong communication, goal-setting, and project management skills
  • Ability to quickly process large amounts of information, assess critical path issues and drive timely to resolution

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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Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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