Tesla

Construction Ergonomist

Tesla

March 31, 2021

Fremont, CA, US


Role:
As a member of the Ergonomics shared services team, this role focuses on setting the right conditions of work – from energy product deployment and installation, to construction self-perform – such that all Tesla employees are able to achieve and sustain healthy high performance. 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.
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 all levels in the company. This position requires travel (at least 40-50% of time); often day trips to installation sites. This position works independently and partners with installer, laborer’s, engineering, management, and 3rd parties to drive solutions.
The ideal candidate directly supports the energy product deployment and construction self-perform teams and is expected to assess employee tasks performed in the field. This includes solar tile roofing, PV, Powerwall, megapack installations and construction projects like foundations, carpentry, painting, wire routing, etc. Assessments will drive activity in product design, process, tooling, material handling, and training.
Responsibilities:
  • Through gemba and rigorous problem-solving, collaboratively design solutions to support engineering improvement with high focus on human work task allocation;
  • Connect with workers, engineering, operations, facilities, Human Resources and other Tesla support teams to evaluate, and change if necessary, new product/ process/ designs to ensure both routine and non-routine human work results in healthy, high performance (e.g., perform digital human modelling of 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 (engineering management of change) for existing product design, process design, equipment;
  • Evaluate, amend, and set into place 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;
  • Recommend changes in policies, procedures, work environment and equipment to prevent incidents and illnesses and to overall enable healthy human high performance;
  • Coach/ mentor/ train others in ergonomics engineering and work system design;
  • Be a positive change agent by getting the right stuff done!

Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial or Mechanical Engineering, Occupational Health and Safety, or equivalent (Master’s degree preferred);
  • Associate Ergonomics Professional (AEP) certification through the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) or equivalent work experienced preferred
  • Internship experience or equivalent in a similar construction/industrial environment;
  • Construction experience preferred;
  • An awareness of ergonomics and Digital Human Modelling;
  • Experience with the development and implementation, including delivery, of training and education;
  • Familiarity of OSHA policies;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure while managing competing demands and tight deadlines;
  • Well organized with meticulous attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Confluence, JIRA, and SharePoint.