Mechanical Design Engineer, Battery Engineering, Structural Design

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Engineering & Information Technology

Palo Alto, California

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What to Expect
The Structural Design team is comprised of passionate engineers who love to solve challenging problems and want to create the best electric vehicles in the world. We support each other on our journey to become better engineers and redefine what people come to expect from transportation. While accelerating the transition to sustainable energy is a challenging opportunity, we surround ourselves with fun and creative teammates to develop technology the world has never seen.
The Battery Engineering team is comprised of various teams, including Structures, Pack, Module, Devices, and Electronics engineering. The unique expertise of our team focuses on the structural design of all vehicles Tesla puts on the road. We design the components that make up the foundation of the battery, enabling the most efficient and safe EVs on the road. While our team focuses heavily on ensuring occupant safety and controlled environments for the battery cells, our responsibility goes far beyond.
Mechanical Design Engineers working out of Palo Alto, CA will be focused on improving designs for the cars of today and defining the designs for the vehicles of tomorrow. The role requires strong engineering/physics fundamentals and the tenacity to apply that to hands-on problem solving. A team player mentality is highly valued, as you are the design representative on the ground collaborating with our factory-based colleagues. Tesla moves quickly, so being self-motivated and disciplined is key to being successful in this role.
What You’ll Do

  • Blurring the boundaries between Vehicle and Powertrain Engineering organization
  • Seamlessly integration the vehicle and battery cells
  • Pushing the boundaries on how safe & reliable vehicles can be
  • Partnering with our manufacturing engineering teams to develop new processes and materials
  • Serve as local design authority for line launches, design-changes, trials, deviations/dispositions, and root-cause analysis
  • Own basic on-site component and system level testing to support design and specification changes; coordinate large validation testing for changes with global team
  • Root-Cause & Corrective Analysis for design issues
  • Collaborate directly with Manufacturing, Process, and Quality to solve yield barriers and scrap issues
  • Own product improvements (cost, complexity reductions)
  • 3D design and GD&T drawings of complex parts and assemblies
What You’ll Bring
  • Strong engineering fundamentals in materials and mechanics
  • Demonstrated ability to actively find problems and solutions to them
  • Detail-oriented personality with solid documentation and reporting skills
  • Strong experience in CAD modeling (experience in CATIA V5/3DX is a plus but not required)
  • An outlook that finds joys from solving problems with creative engineering solutions
  • Prior experience in a relevant engineering field is valued but not required
  • Prior experience in high volume manufacturing is valued but not required
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these skills mastered – as long as you are excited about the challenge, we will guide you through it
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

Expected Compensation

$80,000 - $300,000/annual salary + cash and stock awards + benefits

Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

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.