Performance Test Driver, Autopilot

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Engineering & Information Technology

Eatonville, Florida

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What to Expect
We are looking for a highly motivated individual to accelerate our vehicle-level testing for all current and future Autopilot features on the path to Full Self-Driving. The Test Specialist role is a hands-on position, working closely with Test Engineers and Technicians to use prototype vehicles and test equipment to evaluate the performance of our Autopilot system. A strong candidate will be experienced with limit handling maneuvers, objectively focused when making judgments, highly organized with great attention to detail, and an independent achiever. This role requires the flexibility of traveling to domestic and international destinations, to test vehicles on public roads and proving grounds.
What You’ll Do
  • Conduct vehicle-level testing and validation of the Autopilot system including features such as Full Self-Driving, Autosteer, Automatic Emergency Braking, etc.
  • Maintain Tesla’s confidentiality with respect to prototype hardware, software, and unreleased vehicle programs
  • Perform precision driving maneuvers to safely evaluate performance at or above the system limitations
  • Safely execute real-world testing
  • Analyze data to triage issues with vehicle behaviors using proprietary Tesla tools
  • Maintain and document test vehicle condition, coordinate repairs and retrofits with technicians as necessary
  • Support various ad-hoc vehicle engineering testing requests as needed
What You’ll Bring
  • Experience with limit handling of vehicles on closed courses, a background in Motorsports is preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail and high situational awareness
  • Familiarity with hand tools and/or vehicle maintenance skills
  • Knowledge in the autonomous vehicle space, Autopilot systems and sensors
  • Excellent software skills. Familiarity with Excel and Python is a plus
  • Flexibility to travel, domestic or international up to 70%, with minimal lead time
  • Passion for vehicle testing and Tesla's mission
Compensation and Benefits

Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:
  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Tesla is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process.