Vehicle Exterior Reliability Engineer


April 1, 2021

Palo Alto, CA, US

This role follows the reliability lifecycle of Tesla electrical vehicles exterior systems (including Exterior Trim, Fascia Assemblies, Front End Modules, Under Body Trim, Underhood Trim, etc.) from concept to design, development, manufacturing, field operation, and field returns to design-in, confirm and grow exceptional reliability at every stage.
  • Facilitate Design FMEA sessions in order to drive reliable design choices and improve validation test planning and assemblies.
  • Knowledge of the reliability methods to build in and validate that the targets are met.
  • Analyze usage and environmental conditions from the field in order to improve requirement setting and testing methods.
  • Create reliability block diagrams and Fault Trees to assess system reliability.
  • Devise accelerated test methods to explore failure modes and grow reliability.
  • Spec out reliability validation plans for components and subsystems.
  • Facilitate failure analysis to understand root cause and drive resolution for failures originating in testing and from the field.
  • Work with manufacturing quality, service engineering, supplier quality and design teams to facilitate field failure resolution (aka Weibull) in order to support all investigations.
  • Provide reliability design guidelines and apply reliability lessons learned to enable continuous improvement.

Desired skills:
  • Experience working with reliability of complex mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, subsystems, and components.
  • Knowledge of the ReliaSoft Synthesis Platform, including Weibull++, BlockSim, ALTA, RGA, and xFMEA.
  • Knowledge of database structures and practical understanding and use of SQL. Experience in working withlarge data sets. Experience with Tableau for big data analytics.
  • Working knowledge of applied statistics and experience with statistical software such as JMP.
  • Knowledge of reliability growth techniques, such as Crow-AMSAA and Crow Extended.
  • Understanding of fleet reliability monitoring metrics and reliability KPIs.
  • Knowledge of reliability warranty analysis and reliability prediction methods.
  • Working knowledge of failure analysis techniques such as optical microscopy, SEM, CSAM, X-ray, cross- sectioning and EDX.
  • ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer preferred.

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and/or Materials Science, and one or more years of industry experience on mechanical or electro-mechanical product reliability role.
  • Master’s or PhD degree in Reliability Engineering.