Safety & Restraints Validation Engineer


April 28, 2021

Safety & Restraints Validation Engineer
The Role:
The Safety & Restraints Validation Engineer is responsible for the planning, coordination, tracking, execution and reporting of all the activities related to the validation of the airbags and/or seat belt systems for all Tesla vehicle platforms.
You will be responsible for the successful execution of all the component and system validation stages, including Concept Validation (CV), Design Validation (DV), Production Validation (PV) and post launch engineering changes. In addition, you will also be responsible for ensuring that all homologation requirements are met on a timely manner at the component and system levels.
In this role you will collaborate with cross functional teams within the Tesla Vehicle Engineering, Testing Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Supply Management groups.

  • Creation and execution of validation plans (DVP&R and SVP&R) of vehicle occupant safety systems and components.

  • Procurement of vehicle parts, fixtures and vehicle bodies necessary for the proper execution of the various validation phases.

  • Design and coordinate the construction of fixtures for testing of airbag and/or seatbelt systems.

  • Coordinate and support the validation of occupant safety products with Tesla and third-party testing groups.

  • Analyze test results and identify adjustments required for either the restraint commodity or interfacing components, determining the most effective resolution.

  • Prepare detailed engineering reports of the testing series for internal external and regulatory purposes.

  • Ensure suppliers meet timing deadlines on validation deliverables.

  • Oversee supplier component DVP and control system level testing to ensure desired performance is achieved prior to dynamic sled and vehicle testing.

  • Support dynamic sled & vehicle crash tests and homologation submissions.

  • Ensure failure avoidance tools and processes (DFMEA/FMA) are applied to restraint components.

  • Development and publication of engineering validation standards and testing procedures for occupant safety systems.

  • Analyze field reliability data of current programs to improve Interior Reliability through design/process/manufacturing changes


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or equivalent.

  • Good understanding and experience in vehicle safety restraint systems and/or vehicle crashworthiness is desired.

  • Engineering fundamentals and mechanical aptitude in problem-solving and conducting engineering analyses.

  • Experience in component and system design verification plan creation and execution, as well as the utilization of DFMEA, DOE, 6Sigma, Failure Analysis and DVP&R tools.

  • Ability to interact and coordinate with multidisciplinary teams to ensure the different levels of system validation.

  • Experience of delivering results under time constraints and limited resources.

  • Effective verbal and written skills to articulate technical issues with peers and suppliers.

  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and analysis of engineering issues and validation testing.

  • Excellent organizational skills, self-starting and self-motivated.

  • Ability to multitask, with ability to be flexible regarding evolving priorities.

  • Proficient computer skills with MS Office Suite.

  • CAD knowledge (Catia preferred).

  • HyperWorks or X-Crash software knowledge (preferred).