Mechanical Design Engineer - Drive Unit Structures

Mechanical Design Engineer - Drive Unit Structures

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Engineering & Information Technology
Austin, Texas
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The Role:

Structures Design Engineers in Tesla’s Drive Systems Engineering Team are responsible for the design, release and launch of structural components for Tesla Vehicle Drive Units.  In addition, Structures Design Engineers are responsible for the architectural layout and integration of Tesla Drive Units into the broader Vehicle Packaging Space. You will be part of the team that creates and executes world-class drive units in terms of performance, cost, and manufacturability. Components of particular importance include transmission housings, motor housings, motor mounts, gaskets, elastomeric bushings, fasteners, as well as, the integration of these will all other Drive Unit subcomponents.


  • Drive Unit system level design utilizing parametric modeling to evaluate performance trade-offs.
  • Component design of complex castings with integrated lubrication and cooling systems, as well as, large numbers of internal and external vehicle interfaces.
  • Finite element analysis.
  • 2D drafting and 3D modeling utilizing CAD software.
  • Statistical analysis for component stack up requirements.
  • Component level testing for performance, durability, reliability, and variability.
  • Supplier coordination for high volume contract manufacturing.
  • Component quality troubleshooting resulting in supplier corrective action.
  • Production support for assembly of Drive Unit components including process and tool development to achieve equipment performance requirements.
  • Test specification design.


  • Experience in rotating machinery design, casting design, or EV powertrain design.
  • Demonstrated technical aptitude from concept through release and launch for production or the equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability.
  • Proficiency in 3D modeling and 2D drafting within a product development environment (CATIA V5 preferred).
  • Basic understanding and experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (Fluency Preferred).


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