Controls Engineer III


SunPower is seeking a bright, self-driven, independent thinking engineer to be part of the world class Modules R&D group at SunPower Corporation.  As part of the team, he/she will be responsible for the engineering design and sustaining of the P-Series Stringer toolset.  The P-Series Stringer consists of a series of automation machines which use new manufacturing techniques to make solar modules.  In your role, you will drive new innovation in cutting edge robotic, mechatronic, and machine vision techniques.  This position will work closely with System R&D, Cell R&D, Reliability, New Product Integration and Global Manufacturing to implement new features and keep existing tools online in a fast paced environment

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned)


  • Own and lead development of the next generation of automation technologies for solar manufacturing
  • Debug issues with  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:

  • Minimum B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering or related field.
  • 5 years of experience in automation, mechatronics, robotics, or related field.
  • Deep knowledge in one (or more) of the following software languages C#, C, C++, Java
  • Extended experience with various industrial device communication protocols
  • 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
  • Min 2 years’ experience working on controls for industrial automated systems
  • 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
Application Deadline:

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Corporate / senior

77 Rio Robles, San Jose, CA 95134

San Jose , United States


United States

San Jose


Corporate / senior

Application Deadline:

Expired help