Sr. Controls Engineer, Cell Manufacturing, Gigafactory Texas


March 18, 2021

Austin, TX, US

The Role:
The 4680 Cell is one of the most complex and challenging components designed and manufactured at Tesla. This is an exciting opportunity to build a world-class manufacturing facility right here in Austin. Tesla is a demanding and fast-paced environment where you will work on a critical subsystem of incredibly exciting products.
Tesla is seeking a highly-motivated Controls Engineer to support the ramp of the factory, and contribute to the design of robust and stable equipment. This Engineer will be at the forefront of controls technology and will be responsible for the advanced cell manufacturing equipment that produces Tesla’s cutting-edge batteries.
The Controls Engineer will also work with cross-functional teams throughout the entire lifecycle of the product and processes. He/She will work closely with Quality and Production to bring the new product from initial design, through prototype development, and finally into full production.
  • Ramp manufacturing lines including mechanical automation equipment, robots, electromechanical systems, PLCs, motion controls, and vision systems.
  • Program state machines for complex processes which involve multi-station parallel processing, pick and place automation, data acquisition, and PID control.
  • Manage Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA), implementing controls reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high-volume manufacturing equipment.
  • Define and manage a methodology for maintaining PLC code structure and backups.
  • Design robust, stable, fault-tolerant systems with error handling and recovery.
  • Train technicians on the maintenance and repair of your controls systems.
  • Manage electrical cabinet builds, field wiring, pneumatic and fluid plumbing.
  • Interface with the Tesla Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to communicate product acceptability, machine status, and process variables.
  • Spearhead your own continuous improvement efforts in the endeavor to create the most reliable and efficient cell manifesting plant ever.

  • BS/MS Electrical Engineering (or equivalent – Majors in: Controls and Computer Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation engineering, etc.).
  • 5+ years of experience as a hands-on mechanical/manufacturing controls Engineer working on automation and/or electromechanical systems.
  • Advanced proficiency in programming industrial equipment in all IEC 61131-3 languages with a focus on structured text and ladder logic.
  • Experience with Allen Bradley, Beckhoff, Omron, Siemens, B&R, and/or Mitsubishi.
  • Safety PLCs (Allen Bradley, Omron, Pilz, Siemens, B&R, etc.).
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI / GUI - AB Panelview, Ignition, TIA/WinCC, B&R, etc.).
  • Field bus Networks (EtherCAT, ProfiNet, ProfiBud, Modbus, Powerlink, RS232, etc.) and OPC UA.
  • PLCs, SCADA, MES, and other systems.
  • Proficiency in selecting/ integrating appropriate circuit protectors, wire and cable, sensors, safety hardware, PLC hardware, remote I/O, VFD, and servo systems.
  • Preferred experience in programming Cartesian, SCARA and Articulated robots (Fanuc, Kuka, etc).
  • Preferred experience with Vision systems (Cognex, Keyence, etc).
  • Preferred experience with semi-automated / automated manufacturing equipment.
  • Ability to work with nitrile rubber.