**New Grad Engineer

Date: Nov 15, 2023

Location: San Jose, CA, US, 95134

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 recent or upcoming graduate with a passion for cutting-edge technology and sustainable solutions? Maxeon Solar is thrilled to introduce our premier Graduate Trainee Program in the United States, specifically tailored to cultivate your potential. We are actively seeking graduates who are ready to start their journey with us in January 2024. As a member of our inaugural class, you'll embark on an 18-month journey blending immersive classroom learning with hands-on experience that includes international travel to our manufacturing sites in Mexico, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Get ready to build strong relationships with our global operations teams and gain invaluable insights into high-volume manufacturing production processes.


As a Graduate Trainee, your growth knows no bounds. Engage in interactive workshops, collaborate on exciting projects, and network with seasoned industry experts, all while expanding your horizons. At Maxeon, we cherish innovation as the driving force of progress. As a Trainee, you'll be empowered to champion fresh ideas, offer unique perspectives, and develop groundbreaking solutions. We're dedicated to unleashing the leader within you. Our commitment to identifying and nurturing future leaders means you'll receive tailored mentorship, leadership training, and chances to excel in leadership roles.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Throughout the program, you will actively:

  • Engage in dynamic training curriculum
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams
  • Innovate and tackle challenging technical problems with a solution-oriented mindset
  • Integrate new processes into upstream and downstream operations
  • Optimize processes using statistical design of experiments (DOE)
  • Implement Statistical Process Control (SPC) strategies for new processes
  • Coordinate and execute experiments across laboratories, production sites, and vendor locations
  • Analyze and present data succinctly, providing actionable recommendations
  • Take ownership of projects from conception to high-volume manufacturing


Qualifications and Experience

  • Graduated by December 2023 or received a degree within the past year in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related fields
  • A passion for innovation and sustainable technology
  • A proactive and flexible approach to problem-solving
  • Strong teamwork skills and a positive attitude towards diverse groups
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time (potentially higher during the training program)



Preferred Requirements:


  • Experience with process or equipment development in industrial semiconductor R&D environment.
  • Solar cell or semiconductor device physics background
  • Proficiency in problem-solving methodologies and root cause analysis
  • Familiarity with engineering statistics and statistical software (e.g., JMP)
  • Exposure to statistical process control (SPC) in a production environment


Roles are available within the following engineering functions:

  • The IBC Process Group is responsible for developing and demonstrating the process steps required to fabricate IBC cell technologies. We have sub-teams focused on specific process technologies including wet chemical, diffusion, thin films, patterning and metrology. We work closely with the Architecture Team and Metallization Group to develop the process steps they need. Our work spans from Lab-based ideation through to Pilot-line demonstration of a first-scalable unit capable of high-volume manufacturing.
  • The IBC metallization group works to increase efficiency and cut the cost of the world’s best solar cells through innovative approaches to cell and module metallization.  We are a cross-functional team of process, equipment, and reliability engineers who produce solutions using rapid prototyping, robust process development, failure analysis, modeling, and accelerated stress tests in the lab to design and deploy processes and equipment at pilot scale in our high-volume factories.
  • The architecture team is responsible for developing the next solar cell technologies and maintaining Maxeon’s product leadership.  Our goals in the next few years are to set the standard in solar cell efficiency reliability and energy yield and then make sure it all happens on a process that is run in manufacturing successfully.


The pay range for this role is $80,000-120,000k. Actual compensation packages are based on several factors that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to job-related skills, depth of experience, relevant certifications and training, and specific work location.



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: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto