**Performance Engineering Intern (Summer)

Date: Nov 11, 2023

Location: Davis, CA, US

Company: Maxeon

Powering Positive Change™  


In a world of constant change, the only way to make a meaningful impact is to stay ahead of the curve. That’s why at Maxeon Solar Technologies we’ve been pushing the boundaries of solar innovation every day for 35 years – from the very edge of outer space to countless rooftops below.  


Our highly advanced solar products are powering the fight against climate change in more than 100 countries around the globe. And our brilliant, passionate, and driven team of more than 5,000 people globally are Powering Positive Change™ every day.  


Are you ready to power positive change?  


Summary of the Role:

Are you a university student with a passion for cutting-edge technology and sustainable solutions? Maxeon Solar is thrilled to be hiring for our 2024 Summer Interns. Join us as an Engineering Intern and become part of our dynamic team working on groundbreaking photovoltaic technology projects. As an intern, you'll collaborate with experts in various engineering fields and gain hands-on experience in experimental design, data analysis, and problem-solving.


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, 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.


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
  • Typically 10-15 hours/week, with the option to work up to 20 hours/week. This role is designed to be compatible with a university student schedule.  
  • 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



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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