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Wastewater/Recycling Technician I (D Crew)
at First Solar
Perrysburg, OH

Wastewater/Recycling Technician I (D Crew)
at First Solar
Perrysburg, OH

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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:

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First Solar's manufacturing operations seeks candidates who believe in our mission of providing cost-advantaged solar technology through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership and operational excellence. First Solar's manufacturing team works together to continuously improve product performance and yield, equipment performance and cost reduction in the manufacturing plants. They are responsible for operating equipment used in the manufacturing of First Solar's photovoltaic solar modules. They conduct shop floor activities necessary to maintain safety, quality and throughput of all aspects of the module manufacturing operation.

The manufacturing team looks for individuals who enjoy contributing to an innovative, forward-thinking team, are effective problem solvers, safety oriented and continuously look for ways to improve processes to help us lead the world's sustainable energy future.

Basic Job Functions:

Operate Recycling and Wastewater/UPW processes as per the work instructions.


  • Minimum 1-3 years previous experience in wastewater treatment, wet chemical processes or closely related field OR;
  • Associates degree in a science and technical discipline.


  • High School diploma or GED is required; associates degree preferred.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • General understanding of wet chemical processes is essential.
  • General understanding of chemical compatibilities.
  • Industrial liquid chemical handling experience, (preferably strong acids, strong bases, and concentrated hydrogen peroxide).
  • Solid mechanical aptitude with emphasis on hands-on experience.
  • Two years forklift experience is required in the past five years.
  • Ability to operate computerized (PLC controlled) and mechanical equipment.
  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel).
  • Solid problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Responsible for ensuring safe operations and escalate up if needed.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Perform standard tests to ensure proper operation of recycling, wastewater and related systems while troubleshooting components when there are problems.
  • Perform minor maintenance and repair of equipment, including rebuilding pumps; coordinate standard PMs with maintenance department.
  • Calibrate instrumentation per ISO work instructions.
  • Perform routine analysis on samples using laboratory equipment.
  • Maintain accurate records using databases, spreadsheets and other computer based programs.
  • Properly collect, label, and store hazardous waste within the manufacturing plant and assist with shipment of hazardous waste from the plant per documented hazardous waste work instructions.
  • Participation in the HAZMAT Response team.
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean and orderly work environment following the 5S standard guidelines.
  • Able to work other tasks as assigned.
  • Use powered industrial equipment (fork trucks, e.g.) for moving various materials and chemicals.
  • Responsible for verbal and written shift pass-down communications.
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

  • This position will report to the Manager- Recycling.
  • This position will have no direct reports.


  • No regular travel is required outside the First Solar work site.

US Physical Requirements:

  • Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to 12 hours per day.
  • Will climb stairs on an occasional basis.
  • Will lift up to 51 pounds on an occasional basis, according to work instruction.
  • Will lift up to 37 pounds on a frequent basis
  • Will push or pull up to 27 pounds of force on an occasional basis.
  • Will push or pull up to 10 pounds of force on a frequent basis.
  • Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects repetitively on a frequent basis.
  • 20/40 vision in each eye (with or without correction) and the ability to distinguish between red, yellow and green is required.
  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis.
  • May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis.
  • Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, cut resistant gloves, jackets, aprons &/or arm guards, safety glasses, hearing protection).
  • All associates working on the production floor may be required to wear a respirator at any given time and thus, the ability to wear a respirator is a condition of employment and continued employment (requires little or no facial hair).

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 band any other tests that may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

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