Maintenance Technician

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Ambient Photonics

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Scotts Valley, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

Headquartered in Scotts Valley, CA, Ambient Photonics’ mission is to enable our customers to offer best-in-class products, features, and user experience with our unparalleled low-light photovoltaic technology. Ambient has solved both the low power density and high-cost problems of legacy low-light PV technologies and has created the world’s most powerful low-light energy harvesting photovoltaic cells- making endless power for loT electronics a reality for the first time.

Position overview & purpose

We are seeking a skilled production Maintenance Technician to join our team of experts in the Photovoltaic cell manufacturing industry. The production Maintenance Technician will be responsible for performing routine maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs on machinery used in the production of high-quality photovoltaic cells. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented and possess a strong work ethic to ensure the timely and efficient completion of all tasks.

Essential duties & responsibilities

  • Perform routine maintenance on machinery used in the production of photovoltaic cells.
  • Troubleshoot and repair equipment and process issues to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate with production machine operators and other technicians to ensure efficient operation of equipment and minimal downtime.
  • Install, modify, and upgrade equipment to improve performance and efficiency.
  • Maintain accurate records of maintenance activities, equipment performance, and repairs. Including all preventative maintenance, weekly, monthly & quarterly requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with safety procedures and protocols to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Collaborate with other team members, including engineers, quality, and technicians, to identify opportunities for process improvement and implement solutions.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

  • Knowledge of mechanical systems, wet process equipment, machinery, and manufacturing processes.
  • Familiarity with pumps and valves, electrical and electronic systems is desirable.
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings, schematics, and specifications.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work accurately and efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and overtime as needed.

Basic qualifications & competencies

  • High school diploma or equivalent; associate's degree or certification in a related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a maintenance or mechanical role in a manufacturing environment.
  • Proficient in the use of hand and power tools.
  • Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. Ambient does not provide any sponsorship.

Preferred qualifications & competencies

  • Familiarity with photovoltaic cell manufacturing processes and equipment.
  • Experience with statistical process control and lean manufacturing principles.
  • Experience in PCB, solar, or semiconductor fab is highly desirable.

Physical demands and working environment

  • Stand, walk, and/or sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to use hands and arms to manipulate tools and equipment.
  • Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment, including safety glasses and hearing protection.
  • Exposure to loud noises, & vibrations.
  • Ability to work in both hot and cold environments.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced production environment with tight deadlines.


The qualification requirements, physical demands, and work environment characteristics described in this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job successfully.

This job description in no way states or implies that the essential duties described are the only responsibilities involved in the position. The employee is required to follow any other instruction and to perform any other duties by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

This job description in no way states or implies a contract of employment. Ambient Photonics reserves the right to modify this job description at its discretion at any time and will notify the employee of the change.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties and responsibilities.

We are an equal opportunity employer. At Ambient Photonics, we are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to promote inclusiveness in everything we do. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Ambient Photonics is also committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and see. We will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.