SolarCity: bringing jobs to Buffalo

Did you hear that SolarCity plans to create 1,460 jobs in Buffalo Niagara?

As the SolarCity factory continues to grow, area educators and training providers are working with SolarCity and the Department of Labor to host job fairs and recruitment sessions.

While most of the hiring is planned for 2016, the company will start to fill the first 100 to 200 jobs this fall.

The jobs being created by SolarCity are expected to have varying educational requirements.

solarcity logoAbout 70 percent of the jobs, especially for the plant’s technicians and operators, are expected to require a two-year degree or a high school diploma or the equivalent.

The majority of the jobs have a focus on math and analytical skills, including:

  • Engineers (Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical)
  • Operations/Production Mangers
  • Quality/Safety Managers
  • Process Operators/Technicians
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Procurement/Supply Chain
  • Logistics/Material Handlers
  • Management/HR/Accounting/Admin

To streamline the application process, the NYS Department of Labor (NYSDOL) will be pre-screening candidates.

solar city rendering
solar city rendering

After candidates apply online, they will be given TABE (a basic literary and math test used for placement,) manual dexterity screening as well as a clean room* overview.
[*SolarCity has a clean room environment which requires employees to wear sterile suits and prohibits employees from smoking in the area.]

Some candidates may be referred to area training providers for pre-literacy/pre-manufacturing training.

These training providers will act as pipeline suppliers for up skilled workers for manufacturing companies throughout Western New York.

NYSDOL will be hosting information sessions at career centers throughout Western New York, and community and faith based organizations are strongly encouraged to attend.

Candidates are encouraged to start applying online, as pre-screenings will begin in August 2015; the majority of hiring will begin in the last quarter of the year.

If you are interested in a career at SolarCity, I encourage you to visit their website

You can also search for manufacturing jobs on the New York State Department of Labor Jobs Express Website.