Associate Ergonomist


April 1, 2021

Lathrop, CA, US

The Associate Ergonomist as member of the Ergonomics manufacturing shared services team supporting manufacturing sites at Lathrop campus and Fremont Factory, focuses on setting the right conditions of work – from training, to manufacturing and production – such that all Tesla employees are able to achieve and sustain healthy, high performance work. What does this mean? It means this individual is not content with just eliminating the risk of injury but goes further to help ensure healthy, high human performance is “designed-in” to the human-work system. This individual will support management of change, advocates the designing-in of work system feedback loops, works to accommodate a wide range of people both physically and mentally and designs in ways to build fatigue recovery into all human-based work. This individual also pays particular attention to the interaction of humans and automated equipment including robots. The Ergonomist is expected to properly apply semi-quantitative and advanced risk assessment tools with a high degree of proficiency, demonstrate a clear understanding of function allocation (in the context of job design), and have a polished comfort in both facilitating gemba problem-solving and building ergonomics competency in others. In addition, this individual will be expected to communicate recommendations in a bright and brief way to employees at all levels in the company.
  • Drive or manage to assist the manufacturing sites in Lathrop and Fremont California.
  • Through gemba and rigorous problem-solving, collaboratively design workplace solutions to support lean manufacturing engineering improvement with high focus on human work task interaction;
  • Connect with Production, Engineering, Operations, Facilities, Workplace, Human Resources and other Tesla support teams to evaluate, and change if necessary, new product/ process/ facility designs to ensure both routine and non-routine human work results in healthy, high performance (e.g., perform digital human modelling of facility, workstation, product and process to solve for human performance and reduce physical injury risk);
  • Perform ergonomics and equipment safety risk assessments and facilitate the design of solutions such that human performance risk is reduced as much as feasible (management of change) for existing product design, process design, equipment and facility;
  • Measuring physical task parameters (using tape measure, scales, stopwatch, & force gauges
  • Evaluate, amend, and set into place manufacturing work standards and instructions to ensure best ergonomics work-practices are contained within and demonstrated;
  • Participate, leading on occasion, incident analysis to determine and make visible injury and near hit root causes, including corrective and preventative fixes, following the hierarchy of controls, to prevent incident reoccurrence;
  • Video recording processes and documenting lineside feedback from operators, supervisors and engineers;
  • Completing ergonomic risk assessments (Humantech Video Capture, Brief/Best) and applying job design guideline criteria;
  • Training production teams on optimal ergonomic task performance (e.g., tool handling; lift/lowering techniques, task rotation cycle, etc.).
  • Be a positive change agent by getting the right stuff done!

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial, Mechanical or Systems Engineering, Ergonomics, Occupational Health and Safety, or equivalent;
  • Associate Professional Ergonomist (APE) certification through the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) or equivalent work experienced preferred;
  • 1+ year of experience or equivalent in a similar manufacturing/industrial environment;
  • Automotive manufacturing/ assembly experience preferred;
  • A building comfort troubleshooting equipment design to prevent acute safety injuries (i.e., understands stopping distances, physical guarding impacts, energy control, etc.).
  • An understanding of lean manufacturing concepts;
  • An awareness of ergonomics and Digital Human Modelling;
  • Experience with the development and implementation, including delivery, of training and education;
  • A capability in delivering quality 5Why and Fishbone (6M) problem-solving;
  • Familiarity of Local and governmental policies and regulations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure while managing competing demands and tight deadlines;
  • Ability to provide support on 3 different sites within the Bay Area;
  • Well organized with meticulous attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to stand and/or walk for 8 hrs. daily
  • Mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Confluence, JIRA, and SharePoint.