Manufacturing Engineer - Drive Unit, Stator


April 1, 2021

Austin, TX, US

The Role – Manufacturing Engineer
Reporting to the Drive Systems Manufacturing Engineering Team, the Manufacturing Engineer is primarily responsible for the design and deployment of Tesla Stator high-volume production lines. The selected candidate assumes full ownership of the design and technical transfer of the line’s tools to Tesla Operations, qualifying them for use with the highest standards of safety, quality, and output. The Manufacturing Engineer works closely with Tesla’s internal Product Design, Operations, Facilities, and Quality Engineering teams and coordinates cross-functional design activities with tool vendors to develop novel stator manufacturing equipment.
  • Develop manufacturing methods and specify equipment necessary to commercialize Tesla Stators, including the following processes:
    • Stator Winding
    • Resistance and Laser Welding
    • Varnish Dispensing
    • Press & Thermal Fit
    • Vision Control & Precision Gaging
    • Conveyance & Robotic Handling
    • Electrical & End of Line Tests
  • Define and oversee Factory Acceptance Test and Site Acceptance Test Stator manufacturing equipment.
  • Oversee installation and ensure ramp-up of Stator manufacturing equipment.
  • Optimize product flow and line efficiency by designing or improving tools, jigs, stations, work methods and ergonomics using the 5S methodology.
  • Identify and drive continuous improvement and cost reduction programs.
  • Drive process control and process development, specifically in the areas of quality and equipment capability.
  • Work independently and with vendors to understand root cause of failures, propose design or component changes, and implement and validate equipment modifications.
  • Generate machine documentation and manufacturing instructions.
  • Drive other projects as needed by management or as business needs change.
  • Collaborate with the Stator Engineering Design team to propose solutions for Tesla’s future products.

  • BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in manufacturing engineering or similar role.
  • Experience with SolidWorks or other 3D CAD software.
  • Experience working with automation systems, robotics, PLCs, and data collection systems is preferred.
  • Strong hands-on experience with high-volume and pilot manufacturing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively achieve results with multiple vendors and internal and external customers.
  • Excellent communicator, both in presentations and written reports.
  • Able to maintain organization and focus in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Prefer ability to travel 20% of the time, both domestically and internationally.
  • Evidence of exceptional ability.