Staff Mechanical Engineer, Solar Products

Fremont, California
13 Oct 2018
13 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
The Role:

Tesla is looking for a highly skilled and motivated individual to lead mechanical design and architecture studies for our Solar Roof, residential, and commercial solar systems.

  • Lead and direct cross-functional teams (mechanical, electrical, optical, testing, etc.) in the investigation of new design concepts for residential and commercial solar systems.
  • Investigate advanced manufacturing techniques that can be used in the fabrication of solar products.
  • Perform detailed design and modeling of mechanical systems and components including plastic, metal and sheet metal parts, connectors, insulators, wire-harnesses, fasteners, and other components.
  • Perform and lead detailed mechanical design analysis including thermal, structural, design for assembly, and design for test.
  • Generate and maintain product design requirements.
  • Create and lead the execution of solar system validation plans.

  • BS or higher degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field (MS preferred), or the equivalent in experience.
  • Evidence of exceptional ability.
  • 8+ years of product design experience.
  • Deep understanding of the material science of components used in mechanical design (glass, metals, plastics, insulators, connectors, gaskets, etc.).
  • Expertise in a wide variety of component fabrication methods.
  • Extensive experience designing for high-volume manufacture and assembly.
  • Deep understanding of solar system design requirements including those for solar cells, mounting hardware, solar system installation, and applicable compliance and regulatory standards.
  • Proficiency using 3D mechanical design and analysis tools.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment.

Preferred Skills
  • Understanding of design for reliability concepts.
  • Understanding of different roof types and their design and installation techniques.
  • Experience designing products with customer aesthetic requirements.
  • Knowledgeable in the electrical design of PV systems.

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