Test Engineer, Thermal Management Validation


March 26, 2021

Fremont, CA, US

The Role
We are a diverse, enthusiastic and growing team of multi-disciplined engineers that further Tesla's mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy by demonstrating the functionality, performance and durability of new hardware designs. We get the opportunity to work on a variety of different development programs, and often step outside of our normal role to support the fast paced, innovative environment.
  • Own and drive hardware validation efforts for thermal management components and subsystems such as compressors, A/C lines, heat exchangers, hoses, coolant pumps and electronic valves. Your job is to figure out how these products could fail and to collaborate with design partners to drive changes
  • Own and drive build and test of HIL/ subsystem bucks comprised of the above components
  • Write and maintain test software to automate test execution, data collection and data analysis
  • Design and build custom test fixtures to make validation efficient, modular and repeatable
  • Manage tests from setup through execution and reporting, including test planning, development, execution, inspections, root cause analysis, and data processing
  • Ensure test findings are well-documented and quickly communicated to external teams, root cause test failures and work with design partners, failure analysis lab, reliability team and suppliers to arrive at a corrective action
  • Develop and maintain validation schedules, coordinate test resources, and communicate status/blockers to program managers

  • Minimum bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering or equivalent and relevant industry experience through internships, co-ops or full time work
  • Experience with hardware validation from school projects, clubs, internships or industry experience
  • A background in thermodynamics with understanding of the refrigeration cycle is preferred
  • Experience using standard lab and test equipment like power supplies, DMMs, DAQs, force transducers, torque transducers, pressure transducers, thermocouples, strain gages, flow meters, etc.
  • Experience with high voltage components with a focus on safety
  • Coding experience, preferably Python, for test automation and data post-processing
  • Design experience with CAD software such as CATIA or SOLIDWORKS
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills