Senior Reliability Engineer

June 11, 2021
San Jose, CA
Job Type


Do you want to change the world? We do, too.
The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%.  But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we’re looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.
SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.
SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 2,000 in North America and the Phillipines. In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than SunPower.
We believe that our employees create our brand – with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is:


SunPower is seeking a senior reliability engineer to be part of the world R+D group at SunPower Corporation.  This person should be an independent thinker and a self-driven individual with demonstrated ability to deliver results under a demanding environment and timeline.  In this role, he/she will be responsible for proactive solar module reliability research for new product and new technology reliability.  


The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and carrying out reliability test plans, developing new testing methods and data analysis, and determining root cause of any test failures.  They should have a good understanding of existing standard solar module test procedures as well as the skillset to design and analyze new tests, including a firm background in statistics for design of experiments, comparisons of groups, and model creation.  The candidate should be familiar with FMEA and FMEA-based test design. Other responsibilities include analysis of historical data to improve future test plans for accuracy improvement and resource reduction. 

Education and Experience  

  • BS+4 years experience/MS + 2 years experience/PhD in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical or related engineering fields.  

  • Experience in data management and analysis, including real time data visualization, correlation, and analysis.  

  • Experience testing and analyzing solar module components and designs 

  • Fundamental understanding of solar module degradation mechanisms and descriptive mathematical models for such is preferred 

  • Experience in Photovoltaics module and/or cell testing preferred  

  • Hands-on approach to challenges with good problem solving skills 

  • Experience in product reliability testing 

  • Familiar with photovoltaics device and their electrical performance, including analyzing IV curves and relating parameters to physical characteristics of the solar module 

  • Familiar with standard PV module reliability testing (IEC, UL, etc.) 

  • Familiar with solar module materials and processes 

  • Familiar with FMEA, DOE, 8D, Root Cause Analysis 

  • Experience determining acceleration factors for accelerated lifetime testing is a plus 

Other Qualifications 

  • Excellent communication, written and presentation skills.   

  • Writes concise and precise reports and presentations that include critical information. 

  • Expresses inputs and opinions clearly in meetings 

  • Computer/software knowledge. Knowledge of MS Office tools, statistical analysis of data (e.g. JMP) and Excel. 

  • Project management skills.  

  • Results oriented.  

  • Keeps to the objectives unless necessary to change, then communicates changes to all involved. 

  • Able to work on a timeline and manage multiple aspects of a project or multiple projects effectively 

  • Self-management skills.  

  • Elevates issues when appropriate. Ensures that stakeholders are aware of critical and potential problems.  

  • Anticipates what might go wrong when planning implementations. Finds ways to improve the process.  

  • Assumes responsibility; not just for own area, but upstream and downstream areas too. Appropriately accepts responsibilities for failures. Follows up with key partners to ensure clear priorities. Documents and shares findings and key learnings to the group.  

  • Be willing to travel (international) up to 50% for business trips with short notice. 

Others: Displays passion to learn/discover new things and knows how to bring positive energy into the team. Always seeking improvements (technical, personal, or soft skills) in oneself and welcomes challenges by setting higher goals. 


  • Can work flexible hours if needed and with short notice 

  • Background in material science is a plus 

Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

SunPower Supports EEO

Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation
SunPower Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may use the following alternative email address to contact us about your interest in employment at SunPower Corporation: [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]. Please indicate in the subject that line of your email that you are requesting accommodation. Only candidates being considered for a position who require an accommodation will receive a follow-up response.


Availability of Affirmative Action Plan for Review

SunPower is a federal government contractor. As a part of the Company’s obligations under law, it must develop a written Affirmative Action Program (AAP) for the Disabled, Recently Separated Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Active Duty Wartime Or Campaign Badge Veterans and for Women and Minorities as specified by law. Non-confidential and non-proprietary aspects of the AAP are available for inspection by applicants and employees, consistent with applicable law, which will be made available during office hours by contacting the EEO Officer.

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