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Principal Engineer, R&D
$70K - $120K / Year
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Job Type:
Full Time
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Our client company, headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of highly –efficient radiation-hard solar cells, Coverglassed Interconnected Cells (CICs), and solar panels for space power applications. Since 2001, our client’s solar cells or panels have supplied primary power to 130 successful space missions with zero on-orbit failures. Their Company’s proven manufacturing capability, technology leadership and unsurpassed reliability makes Them the supplier of choice for demanding space programs.

Our client’s R&D area has an immediate need for a Principal Engineer, R&D (Integration) full-time position.
This position is responsible for developing new processes to integrate solar cells into space solar panels.
Projects will involve process improvement and process automation of interconnection and laydown methods on baseline rigid panels, as well as development of processes for solar cell integration with novel array designs including rollable/flexible configurations and customer-specific smallsat applications that are of current interest in the satellite industry.
Processes utilized include glassing and interconnection of solar cells, dispensing and patterning of silicone adhesives used for cell bonding and encapsulation, subcomponent placement, wiring (including flex wiring options), and use of electrical connectors.
Performing solar panel builds for specific internally and externally funded programs and missions will be needed.
Process development in an R&D environment may be followed by qualification and technology transfer into manufacturing.
This is a multi-faceted job that will require flexibility as well as an ability to learn about and develop new technology.


Development, implementation, and improvement of processes for performing solar cell integration, which may include interconnection by welding/soldering, glassing, pick-and-place methods, laydown, and bonding using a variety of silicones and adhesives onto both rigid and flexible solar panels.
Serve as engineering lead and point-of-contact in manufacture of solar panels for various development efforts, qualification and confidence testing, and customer builds.
Use of computer-aided-design (CAD) and modeling to design, evaluate and prototype subcomponents, tooling and equipment.
Specification, evaluation, procurement of appropriate equipment for process automation.
Evaluation of appropriate materials and designing experiments for integration with the goals of improving performance and manufacturability while maintaining quality and reliability.
Use results of above experiments to drive iterative cycles of process development and maturation.
Transitioning processes and products from a R&D environment to volume manufacturing, assisting with appropriate work instructions (WIs), configuring specifications and routes needed for manufacturing, and troubleshooting issues associated with manufacturing implementation. Work cross-functionally across organization to drive this transition process.
Interface with external customers to understand and define specific requirements for integration of photovoltaic power with their specific designs and applications, generate and implement engineering solutions to meet these requirements. Able to serve as main point of contact with customers.
Interact with a broad cross functional team of individuals from R&D, operations, and program management.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.

Aptitude and interest in mechanical design and process automation
Knowledge/experience with metallic interconnection (welding, soldering, etc.) and polymeric adhesive bonding
Attention to quality and reliability
Versatile, able to operate in a dynamic environment and meet aggressive deadlines when under pressure
Team player with a positive and can-do attitude
Detail-oriented, data-driven and analytical approach to process development and problem solving
Self-motivated, able to work independently with minimal supervision
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Outgoing and willing to be proactive in interfacing with cross-functional teams
Able to train technicians and operators in processing procedures tool sets
Must adhere to and enforce all R&D and EHS safety policies and procedures at all times, keep an efficient/effective work environment.
Proficient in use of MS PowerPoint, excel, project
Proficient in use of computer-aided-design (CAD), SolidWorks preferred


At least BS in an engineering discipline, MS or higher preferred
Mechanical/Aerospace/Materials Engineering degrees or similar training most applicable


5+ yr with BS, 3+ yr with MS preferred
Other combinations of degrees and experience considered

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to
race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

WorkStaff USA Staffing Agency, LLC
P.O Box 177
Farmingville, NY 11738
Fax: 2534989854
Phone: 6318803659

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