Sr. Test Engineer, Abuse Test & Engineering



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 battery propagation resistance across all programs, including vehicle and energy storage. In this role, you would be responsible for the test end-to-end, from conception, through planning and execution, to results summary and associated decision-making. As a result, Tesla will be able to evaluate a broad set of options for cell supply and module architecture, while launching and optimizing products at a rapid pace.


  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related field
  • Experience with heat transfer and electrical fundamentals
  • 2+ years’ experience in physically-applied engineering (lab, machine shop, hobby project…)
  • Willingness to be hands-on (fabrication/modification, instrumentation, electrical troubleshooting, sample inspection, etc.)
  • Experience with instrumentation / data acquisition
  • Enjoys working in cross-functional groups and leading technicians
  • Able to plan many concurrent activities in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Statistical background a plus
  • CAD experience a plus
  • Programming experience in Matlab strongly preferred. SQL a plus.