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Project Development Engineer I

Company name

San Francisco, CA


Job Description:

Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world’s energy mix.

Primary Job Functions:


0-4 years project engineering experience in the design/build, EPC or electric utility generation field.

Prior experience in the solar PV industry desirable.

Project experience to include project development and permitting, conceptual and detailed design, project engineering, scheduling, cost estimating, procurement, and contracts.

Construction, testing, and commissioning experience a plus.

Professional Engineer Registration is a plus.


Must have a BS degree in an engineering discipline, (i.e. BSEE, BSME, BSCE, BSChE)

Business or environmental engineering degree or training a plus

Required Skills

Must possess technical knowledge of related engineering systems, equipment, engineering calculations, and construction methods/materials.

Must be a proven team player and contributor.

Practical knowledge of project development and permitting processes

Proficient knowledge of engineering economics and optimization process

Proficient knowledge of project engineering, procurement, and construction processes/procedures

Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills required.

Strong computing skills including MS Office Suite and engineering programs

Proficient use of all Microsoft Office Suite programs

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

Assists in defining the functional and spatial requirements of a project with guidance from senior staff

Responds to defined deliverable needs, maintains budget and schedule

Supports the assembled project engineering team in execution of development engineering deliverables.

Provides engineering/technical input to site evaluation, characterization, and permitting

Assists in the transition of projects from Project Development to EPC

Analyzes options to optimize cost and scheduling

Represent First Solar in permitting and marketing meetings on engineering and technical issues, including meetings with the public and regulatory authorities.

Acts as liaison with project management on matters relating to development engineering progress, quality, scope and schedule

Conducts site visits, including occasional domestic and international travel

Other duties as assigned

Job Description subject to change at any time

Project Site (non-craft) Requirements:

•     Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to the entire duration of a shift

•     Will climb stairs on an occasional basis

•     Will lift, push or pull up to 27 pounds on an occasional basis

•     Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis

•     20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required

•     Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures

•     May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis

•     May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis

•     Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron and arm guards)

Office Physical Requirements

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Language Requirements


Project Engineering


Bachelor of Engineering (Required)

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role.  All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role.  All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.

Company Profile
we believe that clean affordable solar electricity is an essential part of the worldwide energy mix. Our proven energy solutions have diversified the energy portfolio and reduced the risk of fuel-price volatility, while delivering an LCOE that is cost competitive with fossil fuels.

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