New Programs Engineering - Mechanical Design Engineer (Multiple Levels Available)

New Programs Engineering - Mechanical Design Engineer (Multiple Levels Available)

Hawthorne, California
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Tesla's Mission is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy.



The New Programs Engineering team works at the front end of design and development, working in an iterative environment to study, simulate, build, and prove successful or unsuccessful Tesla’s future vehicle design concepts. This position requires frequent interaction with Design and Vehicle Engineering teams, most closely with our Interior, Exterior, Body In White and Closures Systems cross-functional partners. This is a mechanical design engineering position where product design expertise and fundamental, first principles approach to problem solving are far more important than extensive project engineering or automotive industry specific experience.


·      Initial concept, to design, release, and development of Vehicle-aligned component and system targets for function, cost, weight and investment

·       Establish system architecture and functional feasibility

·       Support creation of component specification, component DFMEA, and other technical design documents

·       Work with the Design Studio and Vehicle engineering team to resolve feasibility issues

·       Develop parametric design concepts and production designs in CATIA V5/V6

·       Optimize the concepts and designs with analytical and physical assessments

·       Ensure product conforms to all market regulations governing assigned systems

·       Interface with suppliers for manufacturing feasibility, validation, and other engineering activities as specified for the assigned commodity. 

·       Note that in most cases, Tesla Vehicle Engineering will design commodities in-house.

·       Support vehicle milestones including prototype, pre-production, and production build events

Deliver world-class craftsmanship, fit/finish  and support for successful production launch


·       BS in Mechanical Engineering or related field

·       Minimum of 2 years of relevant industrial design and engineering experience

·       Proficiency in CATIA V5/V6 using parametric elements and knowledge-based engineering tools

·       Experience integrating state-of-the-art design and manufacturing methods into product concepts and designs

·       Ability to interpret CAE results and integrate recommendations into product designs


·       MS in Mechanical Engineering or related field

·       Strong understanding of GD&T

·       Prior experience with low volume (10-25k units/year) production

·       Knowledge of relevant manufacturing processes and lightweight, recyclable and sustainable materials

About Tesla

Tesla is accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. We design, manufacture, sell and service the world’s best solar technology, energy storage systems, and electric vehicles, providing customers the opportunity to generate, store and consume energy entirely sustainably.

Tesla is committed to hiring and developing top talent from around the world for any given discipline. Based in California, Tesla’s workforce spans across four continents. We work to build an inclusive environment in which all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, or background, can come to do their best work.

Our world-class teams operate with a non-conventional philosophy of inter-disciplinary collaboration. Each member of the team is expected to challenge and to be challenged, to create, and to innovate. We’re tackling the world’s most difficult and important problems—and we wouldn’t succeed without our shared passion for making the world a better place.

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Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.