Tesla’s Plastics Manufacturing Engineering team is a diverse, high performing group of engineers that define and execute Tesla’s manufacturing processes for plastic components. As a part of this team, you will be tasked with assessing the current manufacturing capabilities of Tesla plastics processes, developing a manufacturing and capacity strategy for plastic components for current and future product programs, determining the most effective methods to manufacture plastic components, and implementing equipment capacity and capability upgrades.
- Bringing the voice of manufacturing into the design process to guide the design of components for efficient processing through molding and assembly processes
- Supporting capital cost, schedule, and labor planning for new facilities and products.
- Providing technical solutions and leading engineering sub-contractors in process design, layout, and construction of new plastics equipment
- Seeking out, investigating, trialing, and evaluating new plastics equipment technologies. Focusing on non-standard solutions and equipment that has not been used in production environments to deliver innovative solutions to enable product programs.
- Commissioning molding processes and equipment through the use of factory and site acceptance testing
- Understanding and reviewing part appearance standards. Collaborating with design and vehicle quality as needed to improve appearance standards
- Using a data-based approach to optimize molding processes to reach quality and production requirements
- Defining facility requirements for plastics molding processes
- Supporting all engineering builds and verifying scalability of molding processes
- Developing and executing production process validation criteria using standardized metrics (cycle time, OEE, MTBF, etc.)
- Defining a robust process control plan to enable high quality of molded parts
- Submitting, reviewing, and approving any process changes for continuous improvement of ongoing production
- Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar; MS preferred. Relevant hands-on experience and a proven record of delivering results will be considered in-lieu of specific formal educational criteria.
- 5-7+ years of hands-on experience with plastics molding processes and equipment
- Detailed understanding of plastics molding related process variables and their impact on throughput, quality, and yield rate
- Must have working knowledge of equipment design, mold design, controls, and set up and validation of robotic cells
- Strong foundation of problem-solving skills, statistical process control, design of experiments and simulation techniques
- Understanding of Design for Assembly (DFM), facility design principles, and lean manufacturing techniques
- Ability to apply engineering fundamental principles to identify and drive non-standard solutions to solve manufacturing constraints
- Strong interpersonal skills when working with internal groups and outside vendors
- Comfortable providing clear and focused technical guidance to outside engineering resources whether it be equipment vendors, Tier I, II suppliers, or engineering services
- Ability to work in rapidly changing environment with minimal guidance
- Willingness to travel domestically or internationally
- Comfortable in leading diverse multi-functional team
- Proficient in basic and field related software (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Minitab, JMP, Mold flow, etc.)