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Sr. Process & Manufacturing Engineering Specialist

Silfab Solar

Silfab Solar

Burlington, WA, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Company Description

Making a difference in the world by reducing carbon emissions and improving access to clean energy with every module we make.

Our purpose is to make a difference in the world by reducing carbon emissions and improving access to clean energy with every module we make.

At Silfab Solar, the energy of our people is the power behind our success. Our employees actively shape the solar innovations of tomorrow, while adhering to the highest ethical operating standards and promoting a respectful and safe workplace for our diverse workforce.

Our state-of-the art facilities in the US and Canada engineer and design the latest generation of solar products and utilize advanced manufacturing technology to produce high-efficiency PV cells and modules intended to outperform the market. As a profitable and rapidly expanding company in one of the fastest-growing sectors in the renewable energy industry, Silfab provides you with an incredible opportunity to build your career and contribute to a sustainable future. We are committed to investing in our employees, providing a dynamic and supportive environment for learning and professional growth. We offer competitive pay, generous benefits, and opportunities for advancement, but more importantly, we offer you the ability to make a real difference in the world.

Together we can create a brighter, cleaner future for generations to come.

Job Description

Summary of Position

The Sr. Process and Manufacturing Engineering Specialist is responsible for obtaining machinery quotations, implementing productivity-enhancing projects, troubleshooting production issues, and leading continuous improvement initiatives. Responsibilities also include overseeing projects, collaborating on program deliverables, and ensuring compliance with standards. The individual also coaches and trains team members and develops SOPs, SWIs, and PFMEA for new production lines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the quotation of machinery or equipment required for the processes.
  • Identify and implement kaizen projects to improve productivity & efficiency.
  • Support the production team with data and analysis toward resolving other issues including those outside of engineering scope
  • Hands-on root cause analysis on production, engineering, equipment, and maintenance issues.
  • Projects and process improvements (implementation, analysis, and process improvements)
  • Process Control Specification.
  • Process Control Flow Chart.
  • Support Equipment Runoff @ OEM
  • Collaborate with the Operations Team on Program Deliverables
  • PFMEAs Review / Simulation Review / Control Plans / Launch Deliverables
  • Support Plant Equipment Install / Debug / Launch / Continuous Improvement
  • Actively participate in meetings with the plants to support and meet the project deliverables.
  • Support all sites with troubleshooting activities, provide solutions and support for process concerns or improvement
  • Automation troubleshooting, new equipment installation and modifications
  • Process equipment evaluation to implementation
  • Ensure equipment and systems comply with relevant standards and legislation.
  • Establishes equipment installation board and review weekly/daily with OEM and contractors.
  • Develop and lead trial runs at all sites.
  • Coaching / Mentoring / Training of newer / less experienced team members
  • Lead the Development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Standard Work Instructions (SWI)
  • Lead the development of VSM (Value Stream Map) for Production lines across all sites
  • Responsible for the PFMEA for New production lines


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Familiarity with design standards In Canada and US (i.e. CSA, NEC, etc.)6Solid understanding of safety systems design
  • Experience working with and troubleshooting robotics / controls systems, Control Logix PLCs and plant application controls and automation
  • Good oral and written communication skills. Must exhibit professional and courteous communication / interaction under pressure.
  • Strong organizational skills and a high level of self-motivation
  • Demonstrated technical project management experience.
  • Strong logical and methodical reasoning capabilities
  • Ability to work overtime and weekends when required.
  • Familiarity with Variable Frequency Drives and HMIs
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple issues in a fast-paced work environment
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to resolve complex issues.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office applications and AutoCAD software
  • Able to effectively work with external machine builders and system integrators for detail design, build and integration of later stages of machine system implementation.
  • Must be able to travel up to 50% of the time.

Education and Experience:

  • University or College degree/diploma in Mechatronics, Electromechanical, Controls Technology or equivalent experience.
  • 5-10 years of experience in automation within the solar industry.
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of Statistical Process Control is preferred.
  • Familiarity with design standards In Canada and US (i.e. CSA, NEC, etc.)
  • Solid understanding of safety systems design

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits

  • $110,000 - $130,000/Annually
  • Annual bonus eligibility
  • Paid Time Off (vacation, sick, and holiday)
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance Plans
  • Health Savings Account option
  • Supplemental/Voluntary Insurance Plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Employee Recognition Programs

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.