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R&D Engineer (Service & Support)

Req ID:  83797

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:

The selected candidate will be responsible for the maintenance, support and upgrade of R&D lab equipment and facilities in SunPower’s advanced solar cell and module development labs.

The successful candidate must demonstrate broad expertise in multiple photovoltaic/semiconductor equipment technologies, such as wet processing, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), plasma-enhanced CVD, atmospheric CVD, laser processing, high vacuum semiconductor processing, etc.



Primary duties will include:

  • Maintain lab equipment in good operable condition at all times.
  • Oversee the installation, modification, upgrade & maintenance of prototype, lab & manufacturing equipment.
  • Maintain vendor networks to stay updated on trends & developments in the equipment industry.
  • Establish programs and solutions for increasing uptime and correcting/avoiding equipment problems that affect the manufacturing process.
  • Provide direct support to the process development, process engineering and manufacturing equipment maintenance engineering organizations in order to assure proper operation of equipment for efficient execution of experiments.
  • Design experiments, compile & evaluate test data to determine appropriate limits & variables for equipment design specifications.
  • Plan projects involving the definition & selection of new concepts, equipment technology & approaches.


Additional skills and traits:

  • Contributes to the development of company principles and objectives.
  • Achieves goals in creative and effective ways.
  • Provides technical guidance and reviews process/equipment qualifications and development.
  • Broad knowledge in technical areas outside designated assignment areas (e.g. customer requirements, other technical fields).
  • Remains current on relevant technologies, emerging business and industry trends and competitive technical direction.
  • Detail-oriented with a focus on root cause analysis


Job Complexity:

  • Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria.
  • Creates networks involving coordination among groups.
  • Recommends solutions to problems requiring complex and broad-reaching technical trade-offs (e.g. schedule, reliability, manufacturability, process stability, performance).
  • Proficient at vendor technical management.


Teamwork, Collaboration and Influence:

  • Delivers difficult messages diplomatically.
  • Mediates and resolves conflict.
  • Openly shares successes and promotes teamwork and collaboration.
  • Collaborates broadly and effectively across the organization as well as with external suppliers/vendors/ organizations.



  • Self-starter. Assignments are often self-initiated.
  • Determine course of action to achieve results.


Creative Thinking and Innovation:

  • Apply creative thinking and leadership in terms of product, technology, infrastructure, and efficiency across multiple teams.


Impact and Results Focus:

  • Demonstrated ability to produce results and meet economic goals and customer needs.
  • Apply specialized knowledge in the effective completion of major projects that have significant operational and financial implications.
  • Make economic recommendations that have a positive financial impact to project(s), department or discipline.


Minimum Education and Experience:

  • B.S. degree in Engineering and 8+ years of related experience or M.S. Degree and 6+ years
  • OR equivalent combination of education and years of related experience
  • Field service and/or manufacturing engineering experience a strong plus

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.




SunPower Values

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

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

Job Segment: Field Service, Manufacturing

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