Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla Motors, Inc. in a large-scale advanced battery manufacturing facility known as the Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. Panasonic manufactures and supplies cylindrical lithium-ion cells for the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla Motors, Inc. Based on the battery demand from Tesla, the Gigafactory plans to produce cells which will double the world’s current production.
Our mission at PENA is to make the vision of affordable Electric Vehicles a reality by production of the world’s safest, highest-quality, and lowest-cost batteries. Through this effort we will create a clean energy society and our products will change society’s use of and perceptions of electric power.
This position offers you the opportunity to expand your skills and experience in critical infrastructure and facilities operations with a factory that is the only one of its kind. On a daily basis you will be involved with operations, project management, construction management and more. If you are a demonstrated “hands on” Facilities Engineer who understands critical infrastructure, this is a great opportunity to stand up a one of a kind facility and showcase your technical skills.
A Facilities Engineer is an individual contributor in a multidisciplinary field of engineering concerned with the physical infrastructure of an industrial facility. Facilities Engineers are responsible for the design, installation, operation, maintenance, modification, construction, modernization, and protection of physical facilities and equipment (building, power, water, sewer, chemical, piping, ventilation, lighting, space utilization, furniture, etc.) used to produce quality products at PENA.
Design, Install, Modify and Construction of Equipment and Systems
- Develop conceptual designs for equipment and system expansion and/or upgrades
- Manage and implement all phases of new construction and renovation/upgrade projects including planning, design, construction and commissioning
- Prepare written project plans and presentations which may include budgets, staffing, schedules, coordination and other pertinent project information
- Conduct technical project review and prepare written comments, analyses and recommendations
- Modify existing equipment and systems for the purpose of improving efficiency, safety, reliability, capacity and cost effectiveness
- Contract with and oversee the activities of various contractors and consultants for the fulfillment of facilities engineering responsibilities
- Prepare designs, layouts, drawings, and bills of material for major maintenance, facility improvements, and other projects
- Interpret regulatory codes for compliance (local, state, and federal)
Operation & Maintenance
- Provide standard operating procedures and specifications governing the operation and maintenance of facility systems and equipment
- Evaluate equipment and system performance and identify improvement plans
- Troubleshoot problems with facility systems
- Develop corrective action proposals and recommendations
- Establish energy management and building control programs
- Continually review and evaluate utilities, buildings, and structural requirements and preparation of projects as required
- Assess the need for equipment replacement and expansion
- Continually and actively investigate methods, operation changes, process materials, and machine components to minimize operating costs
- Approve outside contactors to carry out specific maintenance and repair assignments (e.g. work request approvals)
- Generate necessary documents for new equipment (e.g. PM check lists, manuals, spare part inventories, etc.)
- Provide guidance and training to less experienced staff and others as required
- Audit existing systems for non-conformance
- Develop installation packages for the hook-up, demolition or relocation of production equipment
- In conjunction with other engineering teams, design equipment floor layout for new equipment
- Provide project management services for all construction work and approval after completion such as hook-up, demolition or relocation of production equipment
- Perform preliminary engineering necessary to confirm plans and programs
- Provide engineering consulting services, surveys, and recommendations to all departments
- Conduct feasibility studies on system improvements and expansions
- Support production equipment in extremely complex problem situations
- Shutdown facilities equipment safely and properly during plant shutdown
- Coordinate facility projects with other project groups within PENA
- Maintain data on compliance of installations to environmental statutes and regulations
- Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, statutes, and codes; securing all required permits; and coordinating with appropriate local authorities
- DC and AC Circuits
- Test and Measurement Equipment
- High, Medium and Low Voltage Systems and Equipment
- Programmable Logic Control
- Power Distribution
- Power Monitoring Systems and Equipment
- Electrical & Fire Codes
- Arc Flash
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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an accredited university or equivalent.
- To be a good fit for this opportunity you will be “hands on” and have 5 plus years of experience in operation/engineering of mission critical facilities and infrastructure (electrical design, installation, commissioning, inspection, fire/life safety systems).
- Ideal candidates will have supported and constructed large facilities, preferably in advanced manufacturing environments.
- Demonstrated experience with energy conservation programs.
- Demonstrated experience in electrical systems and competence in areas of non-expertise.
- The ability to:
- Comprehend, analyze and interpret complex project documents, including AutoCAD, Visio and PDF documents.
- Manage projects effectively.
- Develop installation standards and project tracking/management documents.
- Respond effectively, verbally and in writing, to sensitive issues, complex inquiries or complaints.
- A high level of commitment to customer service to both co-workers and clients.
- Must be approachable and adaptable, this is a fast-moving environment where priorities are constantly changing. Must be comfortable communicating/troubleshooting with all levels of the organization.
- Utilize strong computer skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint to put together proposals, project planning, status updates, and executive presentations.
- Ability to speak Japanese a plus.
In addition to an environment that’s as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits. Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Pre-employment drug testing is required. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Energy of North America.
Panasonic Energy of North America will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.