Panasonic Equipment Technician (Electrical Controls) 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:

Designs and develops Li-ion battery manufacturing processes by performing following duties:

  • Install, diagnose & repair electrical systems, apparatus, and electrical components of industrial machinery and equipment.

  • Install power supply wiring and conduit for newly installed machines and equipment such as extruders, process tanks, conveyors, saws, programmable controllers, support equipment, etc.

  • Working knowledge of motor controls, VFD's, DC drives, etc.

  • Diagnoses malfunctioning apparatus such as PLCs, transformers, motors, and lighting fixtures and replaces damaged or broken wires and cables.

  • Tests malfunctioning machinery and discusses malfunction with other team members; repair the problem either by self or with other team members.

  • Replaces faulty electrical components of machine such as relays, switches, and motors, and positions sensing devices.

  • Knowledge of single and 3-phase up to 480 volts

  • Hands on experience in designing, modifying, installing, commissioning and documentation of industrial control systems and sub-systems.

  • Plans layout of wiring and installs wiring, conduit, and electrical apparatus in buildings.

  • Tests electronic components and circuits to locate defects. Replaces defective components and wiring and adjusts mechanical parts. Aligns, adjusts, and calibrates equipment according to specifications.

  • Maintains records of repairs, calibrations, and tests. Enters information into computer to copy program from one electronic component to another, or to draw, modify or to store schematics.

  • Other duties may be assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

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.

  • Associate’s Degree in Electric Technology or equivalent experience

  • Experience with manufacturing image vision systems such as Keyence or Cognex

  • Experience programming and troubleshooting PLC systems such as Mitsubishi, Omron, or Allen Bradley

  • Understands electrical hardware

  • Understands drawings, sequence control and software design

  • Ability to cooperate and work with related departments including overseas

  • Flexibility to solve the issues with first-principles thinking

  • Strong computer skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint to put together proposals, project planning, and status updates and executive presentations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with one or more of the following programming software

  • Omron CX-Programmer

  • Mitsubishi GX Developer

  • Mitsubishi GX Works 3

  • Keyence KV Studio

  • Familiarity with wiring/cabling size/terminations and load/temperature requirements

  • Knowledge regarding electrical requirements in hazardous locations (Class I, Div 2)

  • Experience with 480 V panel installations

  • Control system troubleshooting

  • Control wiring design

  • Electrical troubleshooting & diagnostics

  • Experience with energy usage/optimization

  • Knowledge and handling about American environmental laws and UL (Underwriters Laboratories)

Physical Demands:

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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.