Aerodynamics Engineer - Multiple Levels Available | Tesla

Aerodynamics Engineer - Multiple Levels Available

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


The Role

The Aerodynamics Engineer will support the optimization of the aerodynamic characteristics of Tesla’s vehicles. Aerodynamics plays a much more important role for electric vehicles than conventional cars, and a higher level of aerodynamic optimization is required, not only for efficiency, but for wind noise and refinement as well. This enhanced priority empowers the aerodynamicists to push boundaries farther, while also demanding that performance is both validated and robust for vehicles in-service. Achieving this requires working very closely with the Design group, and cross functional engineering groups, ensuring that maximum performance is achieved with minimal compromise to other attributes. 

Day-to-day activities involve generating design ideas, creating digital geometry, developing the idea through CFD simulations, in partnership with the Design team and other Engineering functions, then progressing through bench, wind tunnel, or track testing, and following through to implementation on vehicles at the factory. The open and meritocratic development environment at Tesla allows for much greater opportunities for an Aerodynamicist to define their own role: If you can think of a way of making the vehicles better, or of improving the development process, then you are empowered to champion and develop that idea, and to see it implemented, unencumbered by the inertia of established procedures.   


Typical duties may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Provide guidance and support to the Design group for optimal aerodynamic performance.
  • Generate, develop, and validate novel airflow management features and systems.
  • Work with engineering, suppliers, and program management to ensure optimum solutions, and that the design intent is maintained to production.
  • Identify and develop creative solutions to resolve engineering/styling/aerodynamic conflicts.
  • Innovate, develop and improve processes.
  • Prepare Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, post-process the results, and communicate the learning to other groups.
  • Prepare for, and conduct, model scale and full scale wind tunnel tests, and provide feedback to the design & engineering groups.
  • Prepare for, and conduct, track tests, and provide feedback to the design & engineering groups.
  • Document and present findings to cross-functional teams and management.


  • Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate qualification, or background in aerodynamic design and optimization or a qualification in aerodynamics, aerospace engineering, aeronautical engineering, physics, or mechanical engineering. Alternatively, the equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability.
  • An exceptional understanding of, and intuition for, fluid dynamics.
  • An excellent knowledge of CFD, using either continuum or Lattice-Boltzmann methods.
  • Knowledge of surface mesh preparation using ANSA, Hypermesh, or Star CCM+ would be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with geometry creation, simplification and data management within CAD software, preferably CATIA
  • Experience with wind tunnel testing, either at model scale or full scale.
  • Experience of track testing, including instrumentation, data acquisition and processing.
  • A passion for sustainable energy or related technologies, automotive or electric vehicle development.      

About Tesla

Tesla is accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable transportation and electricity consumption by designing and manufacturing electric vehicles and energy storage systems. Based in California, Tesla employs more than 13,000 people across four continents, and manufactures cars at our factory in Fremont, California. We are currently constructing the Gigafactory–the world’s largest lithium ion battery factory–in Sparks, Nevada, and have begun production of Energy battery storage products.

Tesla currently produces two premium EVs–Model S and Model X–engineered from the ground up to be the world’s best car and SUV, respectively. Model S received Motor Trend’s prestigious 2013 Car of the Year, and achieved the best safety score of any car ever tested by the NHTSA. The recently released Model X includes the first ever falcon wing doors, as well as Tesla’s award-winning electric all-wheel drive powertrain. Both vehicles come with free road trip access to more than 400 Tesla Supercharger stations—the world’s fastest EV charging technology. Model 3, our third generation EV, is currently under development.

Tesla produces the Powerwall, a residential battery pack, as well as commercial and utility-grade Powerpack storage systems designed to help reduce electricity costs, smooth consumption and create a more resilient electricity grid.

Tesla is committed to hiring and developing top talent from across the world for any given discipline. Our world-class teams operate with a non-conventional product development philosophy of high inter-disciplinary collaboration, flat organizational structure, and technical contribution at all levels. You will be expected to challenge and to be challenged, to create, and to innovate. These jobs are not for everyone; you must have a genuine passion for producing the best vehicles in the world. Without passion, you will find what we’re trying to do too difficult.

Tesla is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.