Air Quality / Environmental Engineer


March 27, 2021

Fremont, CA, US

Tesla is seeking a dynamic environmental professional to join the Environmental, Health and Safety Team (EHS). The role will support various environmental compliance programs at Tesla’s Fremont Factory in Fremont, CA. Reporting to the Environmental Affairs Manager, the Environmental Engineer will be responsible for performing complex technical work in a wide range of environmental disciplines, including air quality compliance and permitting projects, and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting and associated internal management system improvements. He or she will also manage external environmental consultants, serve as the internal environmental technical subject matter expert, and advise and influence internal business partners in order to achieve environmental performance goals. Be part of the Tesla EHS Team that builds capacity, provides solutions, and drives continuous improvement throughout the Global Tesla Organization.
  • Ensure Tesla operates in compliance with all federal, state, and local environmental regulations
  • Identify, assess, and control environmental risks
  • Manage the application and permitting process for new projects, as assigned
  • Manage air permit and regulatory compliance including recordkeeping, air emission source testing, and periodic air emissions and compliance reporting
  • Complete Title V monthly, semi-annual, and annual compliance reporting
  • Maintain NESHAP Start-up, Shutdown, Malfunction Plan (SSMP) and MACT IIII Work Practice Plan (WPP)
  • Support the completion of Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Annual Data Updates
  • Coordinate Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP) requirements with Plant Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Teams
  • Support California Air Resources Board (CARB) State Programs as needed, including Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting, Refrigerant Management Program, and Diesel Off-Road and Large Spark Ignition (LSI) requirements
  • Support coordination of source testing/emission testing permit requirements with Plant Operations and Process Teams
  • Support with coordination and preparation of TRI reporting
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to improve internal systems related to chemical management, material consumption, and purchase data
  • Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Compilation and Data Review
  • Perform incident analysis to determine causal factors and the most appropriate corrective actions
  • Perform compliance evaluations, and utilize tracking tools to issue recommendations and corrective actions to responsible stakeholders
  • Support audits and inquiries from regulatory agencies, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and BAAQMD
  • Monitor and analyze the developing trends and changes in regulatory compliance laws, rules and regulations
  • Assist in planning for changes in physical facilities, reviewing new or modified equipment and new manufacturing programs to meet regulatory and company requirements
  • Support Management of Change (MOC) for new and existing projects
  • Develop, track, and report environmental metrics; and,
  • Develop and manage Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work Instructions.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental or Chemical Engineering, Environmental Science, or Environmental-related discipline; Master’s degree preferred
  • Professional certifications such as Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) or Professional Engineer (PE) is a plus
  • Minimum 3+ years of experience supporting TRI programs, and air permit compliance for a major source facility
  • Knowledge of federal NESHAP/MACT/NSPS requirements related to automobile manufacturing is a plus
  • Air permitting and compliance – NSR/Title V (CA experience preferable)
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently, prioritize workflow, meet demanding deadlines, and manage multi-faceted projects in a fast-paced environment, where demands and priorities change rapidly
  • Ability to communicate effectively with production employees, engineers, legal counsel, technical specialists, and management, cross functionally, in a multi-disciplinary, global environment
  • Strong foundational knowledge of EHS laws (CAA, CWA, RCRA, CEQA, DOT, CFC, Cal-OSHA, etc.), regulations, and standards
  • Strong understanding of sustainability and environmental topics and fundamentals including sustainable design, planning, policy, waste, greenhouse gases/energy, responsible material sourcing, water, land use change, biodiversity, and EHS certification systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Previous experience preparing air emission and TRI reports
  • Experience managing regulatory/agency inspections
  • Evidence of exceptional ability.