Facilities Controls Engineer


March 23, 2021

Fremont, CA, US

The Role:
Tesla is seeking a highly motivated Controls Engineer for our facilities in Fremont, California. You will work on building factory of the future by overseeing the design of cutting-edge large-scale equipment and utility systems in support of highly innovating manufacturing processes. The ideal candidate takes pride in their hands-on work, analytical ability, organizational skills and attention to detail. They appreciate an environment where innovative and high-quality work is encouraged, noticed and rewarded and where individuals carry tremendous responsibility. They look forward to learning an incredible amount on the job. They're an excellent cross-team communicator, with a knack for understanding, process, mechanical, and electrical systems as well as complex controls.
  • Create automation and standardization procedures for HVAC, Boiler, Chiller, Process Water, and other Utilities
  • You will own, operate, and maintain facilities control systems from the field devices through the control and monitoring equipment
  • Be able to develop and design control panels, improvements, and upgrades to systems for enhanced system functionality and reliability
  • Interface with engineering system owners, as clients, to improve control of their systems or solve control issues
  • Assist multi discipline engineering team in creating meaningful alarms and support continuous alarm rationalization
  • Development of scalable server architectures for plant wide high reliability SCADA systems, Database Architecture, Server Architecture, Folder Structure, User interface / user experience (UI/UX)
  • Specification of high-performance design standards for HMI screen development
  • Generate aesthetically simple HMI screens for complex machinery while providing sufficient feedback for troubleshooting
  • Architect tools for automation of development and deployment of SCADA systems
  • Work closely with PLC development to optimize data exchange and general system usability.
  • Support a team to develop high efficiency alarm rationalization techniques
  • Manage contractors to optimally execute scopes of work
  • Participate in continuous improvement activities with key stakeholders and engineering groups
  • Participate in the execution of start-up and commissioning activities

  • 3-5 years of experience as a hands-on Controls Engineer or Applications Engineer working on automation and/or electromechanical systems.
  • Advanced PLC programming in the IEC 61131-3 standards using Siemens TIA Portal, ALC WebCtrl
  • Experience in design, operation, and maintenance of industrial control systems
  • Advanced comprehension of logic diagrams in the International Automation format for complex logic devices such as PLC and DCS
  • Familiarity with High Performance HMI best practices a plus
  • Advanced proficiency in programming industrial process and manufacturing equipment:
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI / GUI - Ignition, Siemens Comfort Panel, AB Panelview, FactoryTalk, LabView), PLCs (Siemens, Allen Bradley, GE, Koyo), ALC WebCtrl
  • Configuration of controls networks including, Field bus Networks (ProfiNet, , DeviceNet, Ethernet/IP, Safety rated field bus networks), Serial communication (RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, ProfiBus, BacNet) between PLCs and instruments and microcontrollers
  • Ethernet communications between machine PLCs and database systems
  • Experience transitioning products and processes from concept to production desired
  • Advanced proficiency in database systems (MSSQL, MySQL, Access) is a plus
  • Ability to program state machines, data acquisition, and PID control is a plus
  • Proficiency selecting appropriate circuit protectors, wire and cable, sensors, safety hardware, PLC hardware, remote I/O, VFD and instrumentation is a plus
  • Proficiency creating detailed process, electrical, pneumatic and fluid schematics in CAD (AutoCAD). Ability to use 3D CAD packages such as with Revit is a plus.
  • Proficiency programming and tuning variable frequency drives is a plus
  • Exposure to a wide variety of production machinery, industrial sensors, and equipment (Level, temperature and pressure transducers, current and power meters, etc) is a plus