Panasonic Human Factors Engineer (PENA) in Sparks, Nevada

Human Factors Engineer

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.

Job Purpose

The Human Factors Engineer is responsible for integrating human factors engineering concepts in the development, implementation, management, and maintenance of EHS program elements in support of the company’s ISO-45001 Safety Management System (SMS) and ISO-14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). The Human Factors Engineer provides subject matter expertise in applying human factors engineering principles and standards to production systems design, operation, and maintenance to reduce the probability and severity of mishaps due to human error.

Primary Role and Responsibilities


  • Provide human factors subject matter expertise for the development, implementation, management, and maintenance of program elements for the company’s safety management system (SMS) based on integration and adaptation of recognized and generally accepted industry practices in accordance with ISO-45001 as far as practicable to company operations.

  • Provide human factors subject matter expertise for the development, implementation, management, and maintenance of program elements for the company’s environmental management system (EMS) based on integration and adaptation of recognized and generally accepted industry practices in accordance with ISO-14001 as far as practicable to company operations.

  • Apply knowledge of human cognition and psychophysical capabilities and limitations to optimize human performance in systems operation.

  • Perform integrated and comprehensive human factors analyses including human-machine interfacing (HMI), hierarchical task analysis, manpower analysis and determination, personnel and workforce management, training requirements and efficacy, training and job aid development, system safety, life safety, and human error proofing to optimize systems usability, cost, quality, performance, and safety.

  • Promote a culture of quality, safety, compliance and continuous improvement throughout the PENA organization.

  • Assist with the design, implementation and maintenance of plans, policies, procedures and training programs that ensure compliance with regulations and standards promulgated by NVOSHA, EPA, NDEP, and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) over PENA operations.

  • Maintain professional awareness of human factors standards, procedures, and research.

  • Maintain professional awareness of all regulatory and standards changes with respect EHS requirements, as well as recognized and generally accepted good industry practices.

  • Develop and implement training programs, policies, workplace instructions, and guidance documents to reduce human error in operations and maintenance.

  • Conduct EHS audits, inspections, and assurance programs.

  • Serve on company and Gigafactory safety councils.

  • Conduct root cause analyses (RCA), devise practical solutions, recommend containment and corrective actions, and develop and implement time-bound action plans to resolve internal and external EHS non-conformance issues related to human factors.

  • Collect data and conduct analyses for continuous improvement in reduction of mishaps due to human error causal factors.

  • Serve as a subject matter expert to senior management, departmental managers and supervisors, other company employees, suppliers, contractors, and customers to provide guidance, direction, and advice on assigned human factors issues and EHS program elements.

  • Interact and support a broad spectrum of personnel internal and external to the company. Work effectively and efficiently in both team-based and independent working environments to reduce costs and add value to the organization.

  • Perform any other tasks that may be assigned by the Senior EHS Manager.


  • Human factors-related hazards are identified and mitigated to reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable.

  • The safety metrics meet or exceed established KPIs.

  • Containment and corrective actions concerning EHS program non-conformances related to human factors are implemented or escalated in a timely manner.

  • The number of nonconformance findings attributable to human factors from internal and external audits of the Safety Management System (SMS) are reduced to an acceptable level.

  • Satisfactorily performs any other tasks assigned by the Senior EHS Manager.


Work is performed individually and subject to periodic review and consultation by the Sen to ensure the quality and quantity of work performed meet expectations. Reports directly to the Senior EHS Manager on ongoing activities and will consult with the EHS Supervisor on major problem areas or deviations from EHS program element objectives or metrics.


Supervises EHS team personnel in the design, implementation, and management of programmatic elements as assigned by the Senior EHS Manager. Advises EHS team members, operational, and contractor personnel on EHS requirements.


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Individuals must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed or are able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential responsibilities of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations, to safely perform the essential responsibilities of the job.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must be capable of verbal communication, hearing, and have adequate vision for reading small print and diagrams. Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and an ability to adjust focus.

  • Must be able to frequently stand for prolonged periods, walk (5 miles per day), sit, climb or balance, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and frequently negotiate stairs and ladders.

  • Must have sufficient manual dexterity to be able to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to: computers, copy machines, and telephones, in addition to small hand tools and measuring devices.

  • Must be able to occasionally lift and move up to 40 pounds unaided.


Must be able to reason abstractly, analyze, conceptualize, make sound judgments, and solve problems. Must be able to effectively task-switch and prioritize workload to meet deadlines.


The general work environment is an air conditioned and heated indoor spaces which includes office areas, production areas, and mechanical spaces. May also include external areas including chemical processing and storage facilities. May include exposure to extreme temperatures.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Factors, Systems Safety, Psychology, Industrial or other branch of Engineering, or related science or technical field from an accredited four-year college or university, or 10 or more years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience;

  • Two (2) or more years experience human factors engineering or human error prevention in a manufacturing or technological environment;

  • Working knowledge of occupational safety and health regulations, policies, or procedures;

  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office applications software.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Factors Engineering, Industrial Psychology, Systems Safety, Industrial or other branch of engineering, , or related science or technical field from an accredited university graduate program; or

  • Five (5) or more years experience in human factors engineering or human error prevention in aerospace or process manufacturing or nuclear power generation; or

  • Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP) credential from the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE).

Supplemental Information

In addition to an environment that is 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.