Electrical Abuse Test Engineer



Cells are the common denominator for every Tesla product. In the Abuse Testing & Engineering group, we push battery systems to their limits and beyond using specialized equipment to apply electrical, mechanical, and thermal stresses. Our goal is to provide rapid feedback to inform designs early in development, by understanding how robust systems perform under abusive conditions. We accommodate external regulations but have a strong focus on internal requirements and testing to failure. Every Tesla battery product comes through our lab, both vehicles and energy storage. Our environment is fast-paced and incredibly exciting.

We are looking for an engineer to test a variety of electrically abusive scenarios for battery packs and cells, across both vehicle and energy products. In this role, you would collaborate with cell and “pack” design engineers to design subscale and full-scale tests that meet our requirements, as small as a single cell and as large as an entire product. You would own the testing, through planning and execution (with technician support), to results summary and shared decision-making with design teams, resulting in products with world-class safety performance.


  • BS or MS in electrical or mechanical engineering
  • 2+ years’ experience in physically applied engineering (lab, hobby project…)
  • Must be hands-on (wiring, prototyping, troubleshooting, instrumentation)
  • Enjoys working in cross-functional groups and leading technicians
  • Able to plan many concurrent activities in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Up to 20% travel
  • Bonus: experience with CAN, BMS or battery packs / cells, Python, NI DAQ / Labview, CAD, oscilloscopes