Sr. Controls Engineer, Pilot Line Cell Manufacturing

Sr. Controls Engineer, Pilot Line Cell Manufacturing

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Fremont, California
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The Role:

Tesla is seeking a highly motivated Controls Engineer to contribute to the design and development of new automation equipment and assembly lines for our advanced cell manufacturing equipment for our cutting-edge Tesla Energy Batteries.

The Battery 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 the Bay Area. Tesla Motors is a demanding and fast-paced environment where you will work on a critical subsystem of incredibly exciting products.

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 Engineering (Design and Manufacturing), Quality and Production to bring the new product from initial design, through prototype development and finally into full production.


  • You will implement and work on ramping manufacturing lines including mechanical automation equipment, robots, design of electromechanical systems, PLCs, motion controls, vison systems
  • You will generate aesthetically simple HMI screens for complex machinery while providing sufficient feedback for troubleshooting
  • You will be programming state machines for complex processes which involve multi-station parallel processing, pick and place automation, data acquisition, and PID control. 
  • You are responsible for managing Safety standards (ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA), implementing controls reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment
  • You will be defining and managing a well-defined methodology for maintaining PLC code structure and back ups
  • You will design fault-tolerant systems with error handling and recovery and training technicians to reduce downtime
  • You will manage electrical cabinet builds, field wiring, pneumatic and fluid plumbing.
  • You will create machine interactions with plant-wide Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to communicate product acceptability, machine status, and process variables.


  • 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:
    • Ladder/structured logic PLCs (Allen Bradley ControlLogix, Beckoff, Omron, Siemens)
    • Safety PLCs (Allen Bradley ControlLogix, SmartGuard, Omron, Pilz)
    • Human Machine Interface (HMI / GUI - AB Panelview, Ignition)
    • Field bus Networks (AB DeviceNet, Ethernet IP, Safety rated field bus networks)
    • Serial communication  (RS-232) between PLCs and instruments
    • Ethernet communications between machine PLCs and database 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


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