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Performance Engineering Intern

Date: Jan 12, 2023

Location: Davis, CA, CA, US, 95618

Company: Maxeon

Maxeon Solar Technologies is a global leader in solar innovation. Built from 35 years of boundary-pushing solar innovation, Maxeon designs, manufactures, and sells industry-leading Maxeon branded solar products. Maxeon is Powering Positive Change every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 5,000 people globally.


We push the boundaries, taking solar technology higher, faster, and farther than before.

We hold ourselves to a higher standard, striving for the highest integrity, safety, and quality.

We thrive together as a global team, embracing our diverse backgrounds to make a positive impact on the world. 



Location: Davis, CA, US, 95618


Summary of the Role:

This role is in the Module R&D Group at Maxeon Solar. The Performance Engineering Intern will help support outdoor testing of PV module products at Maxeon’s Outdoor Test Facility in Davis, CA. The position involves work within a dynamic, cross-departmental team of engineers, technicians, and internal customers to understand research needs, develop and execute test plans, assist with data analysis, and communicate experimental results to contribute to the development of new PV module products. This is a very hands-on role, including indoor and outdoor field work at our test facility. 


In this role you will have the opportunity to gain experience with photovoltaic technology, materials, instrumentation, metrology, experimental design, data analysis, and hands-on lab and field testing skills. You will also have the opportunity to deliver a project report or presentation to the broader R&D engineering group.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • This role involves a mix of work at the desk/computer, in the lab, and in the field
  • Assist with outdoor PV test installation, maintenance, and execution 
  • Operate indoor and outdoor PV test equipment
  • Perform data quality control
  • Assist with test facility operation & maintenance
  • Support R&D Engineers with performance analysis and report generation
  • Work closely with other engineers, including on cross-functional teams
  • Innovate, and solve challenging technical problems with a positive, solution-oriented approach
  • Field work requires ability to perform light construction, including handling PV modules up to ~50 lbs


Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Upper division student in Engineering or related field
  • Should be comfortable with hands-on technical or experimental work (mechanical and electrical)
  • Programming experience a plus, especially Python
  • Creative, self-motivated, and self-directed
  • Candidates should be local to the Davis/Sacramento area. After the summer, there may be an opportunity to continue work on a part-time basis.



Safety Compliance

Your safety is our number one priority at Maxeon. All our employees must complete regular workplace safety training and comply with our mandatory safety standards.

Safety Compliance

Your safety is our number one priority at Maxeon. All our employees must complete regular workplace safety training and comply with our mandatory safety standards.


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is Maxeon’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees. Maxeon will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against any applicant or employee because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, age, religion, disability, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by national, local, state or federal laws or regulations.

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento

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