R&D Test Systems Engineer


March 26, 2021

Palo Alto, CA, US

The Role
The Test Solutions Engineering Team is an agile and diverse group working across all three business streams; Vehicle, Energy and Off- Board Charging. The team provides turnkey test solutions working with a range of groups from research and development through to manufacturing test.
The team leverages Tesla’s own products and technologies to create innovative test solutions to expedite R&D and validation cycle times, reducing both cost and complexity. These include motor, powertrain and all-wheel drive dynamometers, high-power bidirectional AC and DC sources, grid simulators, data acquisition, and advanced software control systems. This function operates at the heart of Tesla’s core technologies.
In this role, you will integrate and develop hardware and software test solutions, working with internal teams to develop test specifications, interface technologies, undertaking electrical and PCB design, safety systems, and signal conditioning for data acquisition. You will work directly with the Test Systems Engineering group, comprised of mechanical, electrical and software design, as well as the build and test operations teams.

  • Convert problem statements to specification requirements

  • Design and develop end to end hardware and software test solutions

  • Work with ME, EE, SW and FW teams to ensure seamless technology integration

  • Equipment validation and certification

  • Equipment commissioning and debug

  • Create operational and maintenance documentation

  • Test system training

  • Financial planning


  • Minimum Degree in electrical and electronic engineering; or equivalent experience in a related field

  • Experience with a multitude of laboratory test equipment

  • Strong knowledge of 3-phase, split-phase, and single-phase, low and high voltage power electronic systems

  • Strong knowledge dyno’s, power systems and switchgear components

  • Experience with embedded computing (microcontrollers, DSPs and PLCs)

  • Proficient in NEC NFPA 70 and international installation codes

  • Experience in PCB design (Altium or equivalent)

  • Experience with test automation and data analysis in Python, exposure to packages such as Pandas, Numpy, Matplotlib and Pytest

  • Data acquisition tools ranging from oscilloscopes and power analyzers to high power AC amplifiers

  • Familiarity with test equipment communication interface such as SCPI, Modbus and CAN

  • Experience with Jenkins & Git