Engineer - EHS III

First Solar, Inc. San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 7 days ago

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 environmental, health and safety (EHS) department 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 EHS team works together to improve First Solar's environmental and safety performance.

The EHS team looks for individuals who are driven to ensure the safety and health of our associates and the communities in which we operate to help us lead the world's sustainable energy future.

Basic Job Functions:

Implement and lead the Environmental Health and Safety program ensuring compliance with EH&S and applicable regulatory standards.


  • 7-10 years experience in the Environmental, Safety or Industrial Hygiene fields required. Preferable to have substantial experience in EHS policy, procedure and system development, technical program writing and exposure to international regulatory research and application.


  • 4 year degree in an EHS related field preferred, other degrees considered with direct EHS work experience. Similar Masters Degree preferred. CSP or CIH certification a plus.

Required Skills:

  • Proven EH&S skills in a industrial setting

  • Proven problem-solving skills, and ability to teach / support others how to develop this skill.

  • Knowledge of internal quality audit procedures (ISO and OHSAS), and ability to apply this knowledge in driving continuous improvement efforts by influencing key business leaders.

  • Proven communication skills across all levels of the organization.

  • Proven knowledge of EH&S regulations, standards and procedures, and ability to apply this knowledge to Continuous Improvement efforts by influencing key business leaders.

  • Subject matter strength with industrial hygiene fundamentals including air sampling and ventilation systems.

  • EH&S project management skills with proficiency to manage several projects at a time and having the communication skills to provide technically sound updates

  • Strong leadership skills across all EH&S discplines; Ability to provide leadership to key leaders inside and outside EH&S is necessary

  • Ability to gather IH/Safety/Env data, analyze it, formulate recommendations, and prepare an executive summary in a self sufficient manner

  • Ability to represent the EH&S function on Cross Functional teams

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Responsible to implement the EH&SManagement System in accordance with Federal, State and Local Regulations and ISO/OHSAS standards, and further ability teach others this system.

  • Responsible to provide customers with necessary support to prevent incidents impacting EH & S

  • Oversees the development, management, implementation and sustainability of a variety of EH&S programs to ensure regulatory compliance as mandated by local, state, and federal agencies including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • Assists and oversees all EH&S Related training of personnel.

  • Defines and implements corrective/preventive actions and continuous improvement activities as directed.

  • Interfaces with other department personnel

  • Responsible for effective communications levels and fosters team building.

  • Performs other assignments as required.

  • Takes lead role in training all new personnel hired into First Solar from Safety Programs and activities.

  • Provide EH&S leadership & support to Development Engineering including ensuring that EH&S principles are integrated into the design of equipment and processes

Physical 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)

  • 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)

Please note: 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) 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.

  • Language Requirements

  • Experience

Enviromental, Health, and Safety, Environmental, Safety or Industrial Hygiene

  • Education

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Required), Master of Environmental and Engineering

  • 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.
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