FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) About The Engineering New Grad Programs

How does Solar’s Recruiting Process Work?

How do I know what departments I should rotate to?

How many hours can I expect to work while in the Rotation Program?

Will all my rotation assignments be located in San Diego?

Will I have to do any traveling?

What happens after I complete the program?

Does this position pay more or less than a non-rotation position?

What if I want to pursue a master degree?

Does Solar pay for me to relocate to San Diego?

How does Solar’s Recruiting Process Work?

Solar visits various universities and attends several career fairs to recruit new employees.  Check with your school’s career services department to see if Solar recruits at your campus.  You may apply online for a New Graduate Rotation position. We will review all the candidates and select those whose education and experience matches with our position for an interview. After the interviews, we will select the final canidates who will each be offered a position.

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How do I know what departments I should rotate to?

Your first assignment is usually assigned to you based on past experiences, emphasis of academic study and company needs.  While completing your first assignment you will be exposed to many of the other departments.  You will also meet engineers who have are currently in the program or who have recently completed it.  Your personal exposure to the other departments, networking with the other participants, and guidance from management will allow you to chose the rotation assignments that best prepare you for your long term career goals.

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How many hours can I expect to work while in the Rotation Program?

While on rotation you are working on the same projects our permanent engineers work on.  The time commitment should be similar.   Our engineers typically work between 40-50 hours per week.  Additional time commitments may be required depending on job assignment.

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Will all my rotation assignments be located in San Diego?

Yes.  All of your assignments will be based from one of Solar’s two San Diego locations.  Most participants will spend more time at the Harbor Drive location than the Kearny Mesa location.

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Will I have to do any traveling?

Most rotation assignments do not require any traveling.  If you join the customer services group as one of your rotations, you will have to travel.  Engineers in that group may make numerous trips to customer sites across the country.  Some international travel may also be required.

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What happens after I complete the program?

After completing the rotation program you will permanently join one of the engineering or manufacturing departments, depending on which program you are in.  Which department you join will be mutually agreed upon between you and management.  Graduates of the rotation program are usually highly sought after and have their choice of departments to work for.

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Does this position pay more or less than a non-rotation position?

Participants in the rotation program will receive the same starting salary as if they were hired directly into one department.  Merit increases are given once a year and are based on performance.

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What if I want to pursue a master degree?

Solar's tuition reimbursement plan is available to assist you in paying the cost of certain courses or programs that you take after working hours. To qualify for the program, you and your manager will work together to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP). This plan will help you identify your educational and professional goals. Tuition and compulsory fees will be reimbursed at 90% if you receive the grade of "A", 80% for the grade of "B", and 70% for the grade of "C", up to a $4,000 annual maximum and a $40,000 lifetime maximum. Above these, reimbursement will be at 70%, regardless of grade. The tuition reimbursement plan will reimburse eligible employees for 50% of the cost of required textbooks.

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Does Solar pay for me to relocate to San Diego?

Solar will provide financial assistance to relocate to San Diego. We have a comprehensive relocation package that includes homefinding and temporary living expenses as well as relocation allowance.

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