Panasonic Process Cleanliness Engineer in Sparks, Nevada

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.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage and support the process cleanliness procedures within Panasonic’s lithium-ion battery production lines.

  • Utilize laboratory instruments such as XRF (EA8000), SEM-EDS, FTIR, and 2D/3D X-Ray to analyze quality control samples and particles.

  • Work alongside a team of technicians to ensure any contaminations or quality control issues are addressed and corrective action is taken.

  • Develop proposals to improve production process and procedures when cleanliness issues are encountered.

  • Create reports to present materials analysis data to management and other production team members.

  • Analyze and evaluate process input/output data to reduce defects and improve battery performance.

  • Other duties may be assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or related field) from a four-year College or university.

  • Strong experience with analytical materials analysis instrumentation including but not limited to: XRF, SEM-EDS, FTIR, and 2D/3D X-Ray.

  • Familiarity with quality management tools (control chart, FTA, FMEA, etc.).

  • Excellent Microsoft Office proficiency (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).

  • Problem solving skills and strong attention to details.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of materials analysis and analytical chemistry experience strongly preferred.

  • Experience in a high-volume manufacturing environment is highly desired.

  • Data analysis experience such as statistical process control of production data.

Supplemental Information:

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.