The High Voltage Distribution team is looking for highly motivated and talented individuals to lead development of innovative products to support Tesla’s various platforms. The individual will design, develop, and test innovative electromechanical components and systems, which are integral to the functionality of Tesla’s products.
Mechanical engineers within the High Voltage Distribution team routinely tackle extremely difficult engineering challenges and continuously push beyond what was deemed impossible in regards to mechanical packaging, electrical and thermal performance, cost, and delivery timelines. Working closely with electrical engineers, firmware engineers, and manufacturing engineers, the technologies developed by the mechanical engineering team enable world class performance in our vehicles and energy storage products. This is evident by the unequaled acceleration and supercharging time of our vehicles. Such feats demand strong creativity, strict engineering rigor using first principle reasoning, and passion to push the boundaries of technology. You will work alongside exceptionally motivated engineers in a fast and rapidly changing environment. You must be determined to make your designs successful and excited to engineer the best electric vehicles in the world.
Reporting to Sr Manager Electrical Distribution Engineer, manage/lead the High Voltage Distribution design engineering team of 5-10 engineers, working on multiple vehicle programs at any one time. Includes dashed-line management of HVD engineers in other Tesla locations, like Shanghai, Berlin, Austin.
- Own engineering design and problem-solving responsibility throughout all stages for a wide variety of mechanical components: concept, requirements definition, rapid prototyping, detailed CATIA models, Simulation/FEA, 2D drawings with GD&T, tooling, vendor selection (Supply Chain support), design validation and optimization, production support for Engineering Builds, Start of Production and Production ramp-up both at suppliers’ and Tesla’s factories. Life-cycle improvements and cost reductions as needed.
- It’s a definite part of Tesla culture for Design Engineers to take full ownership of integrity and functionality of parts all the way through the design/production/service lifetime (of a vehicle). This places a lot of authority and responsibility with Engineering Managers.
- Define and collaborate on design requirements with relevant Vehicle and Powertrain design teams: Offboard Charging, Battery Pack, Power Electronics, Drive Systems, Thermal/HVAC, Chargeport and all the various vehicle components where HVD parts connect and provide current/energy or attach to or route through/around.
- Partner with HVD Engineering Program Manager(s) to ensure schedule and deliverables are understood within the team and achieved.
- Make design decisions, collaborate and coordinate with all other Tesla parties, for example: Body, Low Voltage Systems, PCBA Design, Harness, Material, Environmental/Vibe Testing, CATIA Integration, CAE Crash Analysis, Vehicle Durability and Crash Test, EMC, Manufacturing Process Engineering, New Product Introduction, Assembly Pilot Team, etc.
- Support prototype builds with prototype parts and make sure installation works properly as design-intended incl. supporting with a subassembly fixture design prior to full vehicle being available.
- Work with Vehicle Program Management to set realistic and successful program plans with consideration to HVD parts.
- Work with Global Supply Management for supplier selection and design for cost.
- Work with Supplier Industrialization Engineering to setup and review production lines at suppliers for purchased components/assemblies.
- Work with Quality to review field reliability and countermeasure as required.
- Work with Reliability team to perform DFMEA and ensure proper test requirement definitions on finished designs (both functional and though accelerated aging though vibration, humidity, temperature, power cycling.)
- Work with Recruiting to find new candidates, interviewing and hiring
- Organize workshops and trainings for overall growth of the team
- Perform personnel management and demonstrate basic capability in all the Tesla HR and Management tools.
- Mechanical Engineering: thermal, heat dissipation, vibration, strength, durability, corrosion-prevention, materials, etc
- Basic Electrical Engineering concepts
- Preferred: Automotive High Voltage Engineering experience
- Design-for-Manufacturability, including Automation
- CATIA 3D modeling
- 2D engineering drawing creation and GD&T
- Engineering documentation and release process control
- Quick-turn prototyping using a variety of techniques
- Plastic injection mold design and optimization
- Project coordination and tracking using JIRA, Confluence, etc
- Specifying and directing Environmental Lab testing, CAE analysis, etc
- Expenditure review and approval in WARP, Coupa, etc