By the end of this decade solar will be cheaper than coal, in part thanks to the new innovative manufacturing process that 1366 Technologies has invented. The silicon wafer is the major building block of 90% of today’s solar panels; we reduce the cost of producing these wafers, which gives 1366 an unstoppable cost advantage in a rapidly growing eight billion dollar market1. The company has strong financial backing and is planning to build its first 100 MW factory of its breakthrough Direct WaferTM technology in 2018. To support ongoing development and rapid growth, we are expanding our team of world-class individuals.
Direct WaferTM is a new manufacturing technology that dramatically lowers the cost of making standard 156x156mm silicon wafers. 1366 does in one step what the industry does in four major steps, so our production has 1/3 the foot print, 1/3 the labor and we have double the silicon yield. Today the wafer represents 60% of the cost of the final solar cell and Direct WaferTM can capture this largest part of the value chain. The demand for silicon photovoltaic wafers has grown steadily the last thirty years.
You will be part of a larger team of R&D and manufacturing engineers, and will have ample opportunity to work closely with process and equipment experts. Collaboration with external parties and equipment vendors may be part of the job as well.
By designing and executing experiments, you will optimize existing processes, and help to transform new ideas into real manufacturing solutions and support daily pilot production. You will also assist in developing Standard Operating Procedures for the process areas and assist in training the manufacturing staff. There is the opportunity to “own” one of more of the processes in our cell production line, being responsible for the quality and for developing and implementing quality tools like SPC and process monitoring tests. You will also be involved in the optimization of our final inspection tool, in which all wafers are qualified before they leave our facility.
This position reports to the Director of Process Engineering under the COO. It is a fantastic opportunity for someone who has a couple of years working experience and would like to learn the ins and outs of manufacturing engineering in an exciting environment.
- Degree in Chemistry is preferred. Alternatively a degree in Engineering or Materials Science with hands-on experience with chemicals for etching.
- 3-5 years’ experience, preferably in the semiconductor or renewable energy industry.
- Has an aptitude for the experimental process and knowledge of the DOE process to quickly obtain results. Eager to be in the lab and work with equipment most of the day.
- Willing to perform some more routine processing to support our pilot-production.
- Knowledge of QC methods is an advantage.
- Proficient in Word, Excel, etc., experience with technical writing (reports, etc.)
- Some travel might be required.
- Must enjoy frequent interactions and open communication with a wide variety of personnel.
1 To meet the 20% renewable energy quotas set by the EU, solar cell production rates must continue to grow by 60% per year for the next decade.