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Body Engineering Design Engineer
The Design Engineer is responsible for designing and delivering components and systems for the Tesla Model S program as well as TBD future Tesla product programs.
These positions report to the Interior, Exterior, BIW or Closures Managers – depending on the commodity.
Conceptualize, Design, Release, Develop and Launch assigned components/systems, including:
- Create and develop component and system requirements and specifications
- Create 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 to resolve feasibility issues
- Develop design concepts and production designs in CATIA V5
- Optimize the concepts and designs with analytical and physical assessments
- Complete and release system, sub-system and detail designs
- Deliver world-class craftsmanship and fit/finish
- Insure product conforms to all market regulations governing assigned systems
- Release parts for production in the PLM system
- 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 for the Model S in-house.
- Deliver designs and other program deliverables on time and within budget
- Insure designs are compatible with the assembly process and are serviceable
- Create (with component/system supplier) component and subsystem design verification plans and test methods
- Complete component and system validation as required, insuring system targets are met and optimized
- Support vehicle milestones and build events
- Launch the product successfully
Skills and Qualifications
- Bachelor of Science or higher in mechanical engineering
- Seven years minimum experience in automotive body design and engineering - specific system experience required
- Demonstrated knowledge and ability to integrate state-of-the-art design and manufacturing methods into product concepts and designs
- Ability to interpret CAE results and integrate recommendations into product designs
- Demonstrated ability to manage projects with tight timing constraints
- Prior experience with low volume (10-25k units/year) production
- Knowledge of relevant manufacturing processes and lightweight, recyclable and sustainable materials
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