Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hiring Office Manager

We are seeking an office manager with strong computer skills who can grow into a more robust position in our fast growing company. This person will be essential in managing operations while the founders are out of the office. Pay is $25-$35k DOE with rapid growth potential.

Answering phones from 8-5 M-F
Assisting in telephone-based sales calls
Assisting with marketing materials & other document preparation
Managing office supplies & materials
Entering data into our ERP system (sales & purchase orders, HR, billing)
Light bookkeeping
Managing some human resources functions
Reception, filing and other office duties as necessary

Must be comfortable with all MS Office applications and internet use. Must be organized and efficient.

Ability to work independently is important and experience in supervision is a plus. Entrepreneurial attitude is critical. We are willing to train and invest in the right person, and we are very generous with individuals who show strong commitment.

Send text-based resumes with introduction through our contact form, referencing the position. Please do not call. No recruiters.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Office Space & Sales Reps

Last Tuesday, May 4th, we officially took keys to our new office space at 511 W. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ 85233! It needs a little work still, but we're finishing up that build out this week with some plumbing and electrical work, plus a little clean up. Wednesday we had phones and internet installed, and today we received most of our furniture and began adding office equipment to get this baby humming. We two founders leave for Europe in just a few days to meet with some important customers and vendors, but we'll have friends tending the office for us.

On the same day we took office space we also obtained a verbal agreement for a sales rep that will cover the countries of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Philippines and Singapore. Things are moving very quickly, and we expect to be in full production at the Gilbert facility by June 1!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Now Hiring

Hiring begins at Colnatec in Gilbert. Looking for qualified production technicians who want to grow with us. Current position available:

Manufacturing Technician
Technical production worker for startup electronic sensor company. Will be responsible initially for piece work manufacture of quartz crystal sensors using high vacuum thin film deposition. Processing includes wet chemical cleaning, electronic measurements, loading fixtures, packaging and operation of automatic coating equipment.

Requirements: Able to work with a minimum of supervision, basic knowledge of electronics, chemistry, statistical process control and manufacturing practices. Ability to write technical documents, use computers with proficiency, and understand international shipping/receiving practices. Two-year technical degree and entrepreneurial spirit highly desired. Background check required. Salary $25k - $35k DOE.

Position will likely grow into production management in less than 1 year; supervisory skills are a plus. Send resumes to No phone calls and no recruiters, please.

Colnatec Wins Phase I SBIR for "Self-Cleaning Process Control Sensor for Thin Film Solar Cell Manufacturing"

Firm will develop a new breed of industrial sensors for solar cells
GILBERT, Ariz. (May 11, 2010) – Gilbert-based ColnaTec LLC, a designer, developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art sensors and electronic instrumentation used in the production of thin film solar cells, has been awarded a $100,000 U.S. Department of Energy research grant to develop a new breed of industrial sensor specifically designed for thin film solar cell manufacturing.

ColnaTec was awarded the grant in late April and notes the technology under development is also applicable in such diverse environments as furnace processing, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), atomic layer deposition (ALD) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) manufacturing.

Thin film solar cells, or thin film photovoltaic (PV) cells, are one of the most promising and cost-effective means of generating solar electricity from sunlight. However, the manufacturing of these cells often requires critical, careful process controls in order to produce efficient and economically viable devices.

Current process control sensors that monitor the thickness of the thin film layers are not reliable enough to meet these demands and often fail as a result of high heat and/or excessive layer build-up.

ColnaTec will develop a “quartz crystal microbalance” (QCM) based process control sensor that incorporates uniquely engineered materials capable of operating in a hot process environment. This methodology offers more robust performance under all operating conditions and is 100 percent compatible with current control systems and instrumentation.

The ColnaTec sensor system will improve manufacturing efficiency and lower overall costs by eliminating the need for multiple back-up systems, ensuring reliable coating thickness, extending production run times and reducing castoffs. The ability to reduce costs – and reduce end-user prices – will enable wider adoption of solar cell use in energy production, ultimately contributing to a greener, cleaner environment.

“This is a very promising technology and we are proud to have received this significant grant from the U.S. Department of Energy,” said ColnaTec CEO Wendy Jameson. “As Arizona and the Southwest continue to embrace alternative energy sources and applications, it is vital we continue to be on the forefront of the technology to ensure it is cost efficient and practical from the manufacturing side of the business.”

About ColnaTec LLC
ColnaTec designs, develops and manufactures state-of-the-art sensors and electronic instrumentation used in the production of thin film solar cells, OLED displays (cameras, cell phones, monitors), optics, high speed electrical devices and semiconductor wafers. Through the use of our patented and patent-pending technologies, researchers and manufacturers are able to increase the conversion efficiency of photovoltaic films, increase production run times, lower costs, improve overall performance, and ultimately increase yield. ColnaTec sensor systems lead to a greener world, one atom at a time. For more information, please visit or contact Wendy Jameson,

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