Tesla

Product Engineer, Supercharger

Tesla

May 2, 2021


THE BIG PICTURE
As a product engineer in Tesla’s Supercharger Design Engineering Team, you will be responsible for the local release, launch, ramp, and sustaining of Supercharger components and assemblies for upcoming production, and future Tesla products, in Gigafactory 3, Shanghai. You will be part of the global team that designs and executes Supercharger hardware worldwide.
The Product Engineer is the “local” or “resident” expert in the factory with respect to the product design critical-to-quality features, function, etc. As such you will be the chief problem solver in the region. This includes root cause analysis of manufacturing and field issues, hands on test design, and product design to support localization or reliability improvements. Your background is primarily mechanical, but you are also comfortable with debugging a basic circuit or writing some code.
YOUR ROLE
The role requires strong engineering/physics fundamentals and the tenacity to apply that to hands-on problem solving. A team player mentality is critical, as you are the design representation on the ground collaborating with our factory-based colleagues. Tesla moves quickly, so being self-motivated and disciplined is critical. You must be passionate, but direction changes quickly, so you must also be resilient, boundaryless, and ready to adapt all the while being excited to do so.
This role is for the hands-on do-it-yourself type personality wherein you take direct responsibility and direct action; be the first to jump into “driver’s seat” when solving problems. Because you will be, most of the time, the sole Design Team member on-site in a cross-functional manufacturing environment, you must be comfortable being outspoken and assertive while maintaining healthy and trusting working relationships with your peers. This role requires people skills amongst the technical skills.
This role requires a chameleon, a high-aptitude, boundaryless “do whatever it takes” even if it’s not a typical mechanical design engineer role. You need to be the person that everyone says “that person is awesome; they know how to get stuff done!” You should be as comfortable with gloves and hard-hat as you are with a keyboard in front of you.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Serve as local design authority for line launches, design-changes, trials, deviations/dispositions, root-cause analysis, etc. Think like a design-engineer: understand and uphold product function and requirements in your work.
2. Support local supply-chain parts readiness & quality, need to wear multiple hats at times and overlap with SIE/Quality teams.
3. Sustaining design work including BOM changes, part revisions, drawing revisions, scrappy bench-tests to characterize part/product problems, factory or field teardowns, etc.
4. Support the field service team with issue identification, root cause analysis, and resolution of field issues.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Take over local design responsibility from new product development engineers during production launch, ramp and sustaining phase
  • Collaborate directly with Manufacturing, Process, and Quality to solve yield barriers and scrap issues.
  • Create feedback loop between manufacturing and design and make necessary improvement to specs/drawings accordingly
  • Collaborate with process engineering team to create and implement module rework lines, including kicking-off necessary testing to validate these rework methods
  • Fully understand the factory process and equipment
  • First-responder to yield excursions
  • Root-Cause & Corrective Analysis for production issues
  • Teardowns for field and factory failures
  • Participate in design review and change control
  • Support new line FATs
  • Disposition of non-conforming material
  • Own product improvements (cost, complexity reductions), scope dependent upon skill level
  • Own and refine product specifications
  • Participate in DFMEAs and support PFMEAs
  • Analyze field reliability data of China market and drive improvements
  • Own basic on-site component and system level testing to support design and specification changes; coordinate large validation testing for changes with global team
  • Visit suppliers for part qualifications, design change reviews, line audits, etc.
  • Report to Supercharger Design Engineering Team based in California, United States.

REQUIREMENTS
  • Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, Candidates with an EE background may be considered if they have strong mechanical design credentials.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience as a design or launch/sustaining engineer, preferably in the automotive or electronics industry.
  • Technical fluency spoken and written, English and Mandarin. International study or work experience a plus.
  • Based in Shanghai, China for minimum 75% time. Remainder can be spent in California, United States at Design Headquarters in Palo Alto.
  • Strong Engineering fundamentals in heat transfer, fluids, mechanics, and electronics.
  • Experience designing and debugging electronics (hobbyist experience OK).
  • Proficiency in CAD modeling. CATIA V5/V6 experience is a plus but not mandatory.
  • Proficiency with statistics and data analysis.
  • Demonstrated hands-on abilities (e.g. machine shop skills, technical hobbies/projects, etc.).
  • Preferred experience with various manufacturing processes such as plastic injection molding, metal stamping, thermoforming, welding/brazing, plating, heat treating, and bonding.
  • Preferrred experience in designing for high volume assembly, both manual and automated
  • Preferred experience defining test plans, designing test setups, and analyzing data
  • Preferred experience with CAN
  • A detail oriented personality with solid documentation and reporting skills.
  • Desire to own a lot and work hard - we have small teams and fast timelines
  • Experience with student Formula Vehicle, Solar Car, Formula Baja,HV battery, etc. are a plus.