Test Equipment Engineer – Facilities and Equipment Deployment


May 4, 2021

Test Equipment Engineer Test Facilities and Equipment Deployment
The Test Equipment Engineer will work as a member of the Test Facilities & Equipment Engineering Team within the wider Vehicle Engineering Test Group. Projects will be focused on the design of new test lab spaces and related equipment in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as other locations in the US and internationally.
This position will work on and lead technical projects with various Test Execution Teams, the Test Equipment Design Team, various equipment vendors and the Workplace/Facilities teams. The primary objective of this role is to oversee and establish all technical aspects of bringing new test equipment online. This will range from the initial planning stages and communication with the equipment supplier through to facilities preparation, equipment install and ultimately maintenance and servicing of the equipment.
The successful candidate for this position must have a broad background and a proven record of success in industrial equipment/facilities engineering as well as equipment deployment, maintenance and/or repair.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills are a requirement to establish effective working relationships within Tesla and with external suppliers. The successful candidate for this position takes pride in his/her hands-on abilities, organization skills and attention to detail. He/she appreciates a dynamic & fast paced work environment where superior work is encouraged, noticed and rewarded.

Essential Functions and Duties:

  • Interface with Test Execution Teams to establish technical needs, timing and budget for new test equipment necessitated by current and future test programs.
  • Translate above into technical requirements that will be shared with equipment vendors and/or internal design teams. Work through technical details to establish the most effective and price conscious solution. Support cost and timing negotiations with multiple vendors as well as creating a business cases for Executive Approval.
  • With knowledge of the planned new equipment, work with Tesla facilities team to ensure all facilities requirements are understood and support facility construction efforts with technical guidance assuring facility infrastructure is suitable to receive equipment.
  • Work with relevant vendors to ensure equipment is to specification, delivered, installed and operational/commissioned in a timely manner
  • Beyond the commissioning of equipment, develop total productive maintenance (TPM) schedules to ensure all equipment is serviced as required and thus to reduce unscheduled down time
  • Advise Equipment Maintenance team to effectively repair and service equipment in all assigned lab locations
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to less experienced employees or interns in the area of Test Equipment Engineering and Deployment.

Skills and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or equivalent experience. Relevant coursework and work experience is essential.
  • A minimum of 5 years of automotive or appropriate industry experience
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a test or industrial equipment related role
  • Must be able to show a breadth of equipment or facilities engineering experience, from concept through execution
  • Previous experience of project management - within a similar sector (automotive/industrial equipment/construction/testing) preferred
  • Experience with and strong understanding of hydraulic, pneumatic, electro-mechanical as well as environmental (test) systems
  • Fluent with Blue Prints and Schematics (architectural/electrical/mechanical/plumbing/hydraulic/pneumatic)
  • Ability to select the most appropriate method of test, instrumentation, materials, and fabrication techniques to meet deadlines and budgets while achieving first-rate results
  • Understanding of basic electronics principles and measurement systems
  • Understanding of facility and equipment permitting process preferred
  • Strong analytic as well as hands-on problem solving skills
  • Able to work well under pressure while managing competing demands and tight deadlines
  • Fluent with industry common CAD Software (e.g. Catia, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, or other)

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Employee Benefits

  • As a full time Tesla employee you will receive full benefits from day 1 for you and your dependents.
  • Kaiser and UnitedHealthcare PPO and HSA plans (including infertility coverage)
  • 3 medical plan choices with $0 paycheck contribution
  • Vision & dental plans (including orthodontic coverage)
  • Company paid Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability
  • 401(k), Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and employee discounts