Mechanical Design Engineer- Drive Systems Equipment


April 6, 2021

Palo Alto, CA, US

The Role:
Test Engineer in Tesla’s Drive Systems Engineering Team is responsible for design, fabrication, and validation of test platforms used for sub-system testing of the drive unit. You will be part of the team that develops and executes world-class drive units for performance, cost, and manufacturability. Components requiring test platforms include gears, bearings, couplers, differentials, rotor, stators, and lubrication systems and integration of these components.

  • Design mechanical and electrical hardware and write software required to test the different electromechanic systems of the drive unit

  • Selection of test and automation systems, sensors, data acquisition and I/O devices (force and torque transducers, temperature controllers, current and power meters, PLCs, etc)

  • Coordinate with facilities to permit and install equipment and utilities

  • Develop test profiles for equivalent damage using cumulative damage models such as Rain-flow algorithm, Miner’s rule, Archard’s law, Creep, and thermal degradation

  • Coordinate test plans with design engineers and run equipment

Document operation of test equipment and train technicians to run equipment

  • Experience designing electrical hardware and software, with an emphasis on safety for the operator and the product

  • Experience working with CAN, LIN, Serial communication. XNET experience desired.

  • Experience with software tools Python, Matlab, NI LabView and Veristand / Test Stand. Experience with SQL/MySQL desired

  • Familiarity with electronic circuits. Experience with high voltage environments is desired but not required

  • Committed to Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy