Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Drive Systems in Sparks, NV

$80K - $100K(Ladders Estimates)

Tesla Motors, Inc   •  

Sparks, NV 89431

Industry: Manufacturing & Automotive


5 - 7 years

Posted 38 days ago

Tesla is seeking a highly motivated Manufacturing Engineer for our Gigafactory in Reno Sparks Nevada to develop and engineer new processes and high volume automation equipment for Tesla Drive Unit assembly lines. Our Drive Systems production lines include highly automated manufacturing systems for Rotors, Stators, Motor and Drive Unit Assembly and Test.Candidate will be involved on Tesla Drive Unit Assembly and Test lines from providing input to Product Design to equipment hand-off to Production and Maintenance teams.Tesla Motors is a demanding company where you will work in a fast-paced environment on a critical subsystem of incredibly exciting products.

The Drive Unit Final Assembly and Test lines processes include:

  • Fastening & Torque Application
  • Press & Thermal Fit
  • Vision Control & Precision Gaging
  • Conveyance & Robotic Handling
  • Leak & Dyno Testing
  • Electrical & End of Line Tests (cold, hot, static and dynamic)

As part of the Manufacturing Engineering team, candidate responsibility will, after a training period, encompass specific processes on the Drive Unit Final Assembly & Test lines. Candidate will be in charge to develop new processes as well as manage the procurement, construction and deployment of highly automated production equipment for our cutting edge Drive Units. With significant automation systems design, electrical/pneumatic schematic and controls programing experience related to PLC, safety devices, HMI, servo drives and robots, the Manufacturing Engineer will be a hands-on contributor to improve our current production equipment productivity as well as develop new high intellectual property processes. The Candidate will work closely with Design Engineering, Quality and Production to bring Powertrain components from initial design, through prototype development and full production.


In addition to developing automation equipment and processes, the Manufacturing Engineer works with cross-functional teams throughout the entire lifecycle of the product. He/She works closely with Product Design Engineering, Quality, Controls, Production and Maintenance to take the Powertrain components from initial design through prototype development and into full high volume production.

Equipment Development and Implementation

· Develop process sequence, establish critical process parameters and process recipe

· In-house development of workstations and manufacturing equipment to support early stage prototype builds including Test systems for Leak, Dyno and End of Line

· Design, procurement, construction, animation and deployment of manufacturing automation equipment for medium and high volume production

· Characterization and validation of new equipment for introduction to the production floor

Process Development and Implementation

· Participate in early prototype product builds to characterize and develop both product and process critical parameters

· Provide Design for Manufacturing feed-back to Product Design Engineering team

· Development of new manufacturing and test processes

  • Performance of process analysis including PFMEA and capacity modeling
  • Implementation of product traceability and production metric tracking


  • Proficiency with process integration and electromechanical / mechatronic systems
  • In depth knowledge of Electrical Standards (NFPA79, National Electric code, UL508A).
  • In depth knowledge of Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA).
  • Proficiency in programming industrial equipment:
  1. Ladder logic and Safety PLCs (Allen Bradley ControlLogix, Pilz, GE Fanuc) and RSLogix 5000
  2. Human Machine Interface (HMI / GUI - AB Panelview, LabView)
  3. Field bus Networks (AB DeviceNet, Ethernet IP, Safety rated field bus networks)
  4. Serial communication (RS-232) between PLCs and instruments
  5. Ethernet communications between machine PLCs and database systems
  • Proficiency selecting appropriate circuit protectors, wire and cable, sensors, safety hardware, PLC hardware, remote I/O, VFD and servo systems.
  • Proficiency creating detailed electrical and fluid schematics in CAD (AutoCAD Electrical preferred)
  • Proficiency programming variable frequency drives
  • Exposure to a wide variety of production machinery, industrial sensors, and equipment (LVDT and pressure transducers, dispense systems, temperature controllers, DC nutrunner torque controllers, current and power meters, etc)
  • Experience programming Cartesian, SCARA and Articulated robots is highly desired (Fanuc)
  • Experience with Vision systems (Cognex, Keyence, Fanuc)
  • Experience creating technical specifications for automated manufacturing equipment is highly desired
  • Experience transitioning products and processes from prototype to production desired
  • Knowledge of production quality metrics is a plus
  • Proficiency with 3D CAD packages such as with SolidWorks and CATIA is a plus
  • Proficient in process characterization and validation using statistical tools
  • Experience creating technical specifications for automated manufacturing equipment
  • Experience with rotating machines, gearbox and AC motor assembly is a plus
  • Experience introducing new products and new processes into a production environment
  • Knowledgeable about production quality metrics is a plus
  • Able to work under pressure while managing competing demands and tight deadlines
  • Mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio
  • Proficiency with 3D CAD packages such as with SolidWorks and CATIA is a plus
  • BS/MS Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent Majors in: Controls and Computer Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineering, etc.)
  • 5-7 years of experience as a hands-on Mechanical/Controls Engineer working on automation equipment development and/or electromechanical systems.

Valid Through: 2019-11-7