Equipment Development Engineer
San Jose, CA
Job Description

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 7,000 in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. 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:

SunPower Corporation, a leader in the solar industry and provider of the world's highest efficiency solar panel, is searching for a talented and highly motivated Sr. Equipment Development Engineer. The position is based in San Jose. The Equipment Development Group is responsible for designing and developing SunPower's state of the art solar cell and module manufacturing platforms and supporting the initial deployments into manufacturing operations.

The Sr. Equipment Development Engineer will work closely with SunPower's Process R&D

group and the High Volume Manufacturing team to develop unique manufacturing solutions

for SunPower's Next Generation Technology (NGT).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities.

  • Develop new equipment solutions to support SunPower's cell and module assembly processes. Typically, these equipment platforms combine wafer handling and sorting, vision alignment and inspection, and Laser processing modules into a single production tool.
  • Evaluate and develop OEM equipment suppliers to support SunPower manufacturing expansion plans and strategic sourcing requirements.
  • Develop and evolve a laser technology roadmap to support SunPower's current and future product and manufacturing requirements.
  • Achieve cost, performance, and sourcing objectives for laser based solar cell and module equipment.
  • Travel requirements vary and may be extensive at times.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or Engineering Physics.
  • Ability to work in cross functional teams that span research and development, manufacturing and capital procurement.
  • Excellent problem solving, project management and team leadership skills.


All the following experience is highly desired, but not required:

  • Developing hardware technology from a concept stage, through prototyping to deployment in high volume manufacturing.
  • Developing Laser based processing equipment including related optics, beam shaping, and scanner technology.
  • Developing and/or qualifying computer vision alignment and inspection systems.
  • Software/firmware development for mechatronics or machines control/communication applications.
  • Knowledge of Python or other programming languages is a benefit
  • Mechanical design and precision engineering.
  • Assessing the capability of OEM equipment suppliers and forging partnerships.
  • Assessing the total cost of ownership of different manufacturing technologies or concepts.


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or Engineering Physics.
  • Graduate degree in Engineering or Physics is a benefit.


  • Demonstrated ability in mechanical design and analysis. Knowledge of SolidWorks and associated FEA tools is a significant asset.
  • Demonstrated ability in software or firmware development. Knowledge of python, C#, C++ or visualbasic is an asset.
  • Strong analytical skills (i.e. modeling with Matlab or Mathematica, cost modeling, statistical analysis)
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot hardware and software systems and work under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems both individually and in a team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication/presentation skills. Fluent in English. Additional language capability is a significant asset.

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.

Job Type Full-time