Senior Application Engineer

First Solar - Perrysburg, OH (30+ days ago)4.1

5+ years professional experience in PV Module/Systems

3+ years of customer-facing experience (PV Module/Systems experience strongly preferred).

10+ years professional experience preferably in renewables, utility or construction-related fields.

Demonstrated knowledge of the detailed design and performance analysis of PV Modules, PV systems, and Grid Integration.

Expertise in CdTe Solar module technology, Silicon solar module technology, and industry trends thereof.

Experience/knowledge of design and permitting process/activities for construction projects, including detailed understanding in Balance of System components (structures, wiring harnesses, and inverters.

Strong organizational skills and experience managing multiple projects in parallel

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (or related

Masters/MBA (a plus)

Required Skills


Excellent interpersonal skills and demeanor

Good written and oral communication skills

Ability to simplify complex business and technical arguments and deliver to diverse audiences

Ability to assist with the engineering, and cost estimation of the procurement and construction of First Solar and customer PV power plants

Proficiency in MS Office and AutoCAD with a strong capability in Excel

Proficiency in PV simulation programs

Proficiency in Statistical Data Analysis techniques

Multi-lingual (a plus)

Up to 50% travel at times, including frequent international travel

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

Support clients with technical application support including Module and Balance of System design and support. This includes understanding the diverse ecosystem of PV solutions for First Solar and competitive module types.

Identifies and develops technical sales collateral to promote bankability and value creation of product and solution offerings; Educates and trains internal teams on use in support of sales efforts and new market development

Integrates the regional customer voice associated with technical product requirements and solutions into globally prioritized product and system requirements. Contribute to development and refinement of FS product advances and roadmaps.

Support business development efforts on the conceptual design and cost estimating of large commercial and utility scale PV plants

Perform technical due diligence on RFPs and new project opportunities and coordinate the generation of required responses and documents. Lead cross-functional response development and resolution of open issues as required.

Interact with customer technical and commercial staff during the project development process and interpret technical solution requirements and collateral requirements to support engagements.

Show expertise in PV plant output performance predictions and utilize programs such as PVSyst and PlantPredict to simulate energy production

Fluent in the technical aspects of interconnecting PV power plants to the utility grid as required by the sales process

Be technically proficient with FS modules, system designs and technical performance.

Remain current on all customer and industry related news and events

Detailed understanding of competitive technologies, and capability to differentiate FS products and offering from them

Lead customer meetings, knowledge workshops, and site visits for demonstrating strength of product/solution offering

Develop, manage, and distribute technical sales collateral in support of internal and external technical education/training in support of new product launch, new market entry, and new customer acquisition

Assist with new business development activities including leading customer technical presentations and maintaining primary customer technical relationships.

Physical Requirements:
Will sit and stand periodically during the day.

Required to lift up to 25 lbs.

Will walk and climb stairs.

Will reach over shoulder heights and below waist.

Required to use hands to lift, handle, carry or feel.

May be required to kneel, bend, talk and hear.

Specific vision abilities are required.


Language Requirements



Customer-Facing, PV Module/Systems



Bachelors: 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.