Materials Engineer II
Monday – Friday
The Materials Engineer designs, develops and modifies processes and methods for the manufacture, molding, and utilization of materials in the production of hardware, electronic components and/or structures. In addition, the Engineer analyzes materials and material components to establish operating data, conducts experimental tests and evaluates results.
- Develop methods and trains select engineers on the operation and fundamentals of SEM, FIB/SEM, EDS, and WDS
- Utilizing knowledge of Panasonic’s manufacturing process to support improvements of supplied components
- Collaborating with Supplier Quality team in their communication with material suppliers related to the development and validation of detailed material specifications for new materials and the resolution of quality issues
- Developing imaging and analysis methods using FIB, SEM, EDS, or WDS to evaluate performance and failure origins
- Work with process engineering and supplier quality teams to develop standard operating procedures for routine analysis that will be conducted by those respective groups
- Using manufacturing data such as defect rate and alert rate to evaluate supplied materials. Drawing conclusions that lead to improved manufacturability and cell performance
- Other duties may be assigned
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements:
- To ensure the health and safety in the workplace and for the protection of our employees, wearing PPE is a possibility and may include equipment such as a full Tyvek suit, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, face mask, bump cap, and a full hazmat suit that includes a respirator.
The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.
Qualifications: Requirements - Required and/or Preferred
- Basic/Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or similar discipline
- Preferred: Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or similar discipline
- Panasonic Energy of North America does not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.
- Evidence of exceptional ability. Panasonic follows a culture of full-cycle engineering where members will have full responsibility and accountability for their projects from start to finish. We are looking for the best of the best.
- 5+ years of engineering experience in areas such as manufacturing, product development, design, or other area.
- Strong analytic and decision-making abilities. Able to influence others to move towards a common goal.
- Self-motivation and resourcefulness are required.
- Able to manage multiple concurrent tasks in a fast-paced environment, effectively prioritize work, and deliver quality results.
- Intuitive, adaptable, creative, and collaborative with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- A background in high-volume manufacturing is strongly desired
- Able to work independently and in a team environment, as well as with cross-functional groups
- Fundamental understanding of electron microscopy operation
- Knowledge of commonly used materials in battery manufacturing, particularly parts associated with cell assembly
- Ability to use statistical analysis to derive conclusions and provide direction in investigations, new parts integration, defect reduction, and productivity improvements
- Experience using Design of Experiments concepts to develop better assembly conditions and part applications
- Familiarity with analytical chemistry techniques such as GC, ICP, and UV-Vis
Physical Activities: (Percentage of time (equaling 100%) during the normal workday the employee is required to)
- Sit: 20%
- Walk: 50%
- Stand: 20%
- Lift: 10%
Required Lifting and Carrying: (Required frequency is: Not required (0%), Occasional (1-33%), Frequent (34-66%, Continuous (67-100%)
- Up to 10 lbs.: Frequent
- Up to 20 lbs.: Frequent
- Up to 35 lbs.: Frequent
- Team-lift only (over 35 lbs.): Frequent
Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla at a massive battery factory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. Panasonic's role at the Gigafactory is to manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells to Tesla for their electric vehicles and energy storage systems.
Over the past few years, the Gigafactory has grown to the largest lithium-ion battery factory in the world. Together with our partner Tesla, we continue to revolutionize the lithium-ion battery space and accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and transportation.
Our mission at PENA is to make the vision of affordable Electric Vehicles a reality by producing the world’s safest, high 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.
In addition to an environment that is as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits.
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. without restriction.
Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Energy of North America.