Metallurgical Engineer, Gigafactory
Sparks, NV
Metallurgical Engineer

The position will be based in Tesla’s Sparks, Nevada Gigafactory with the Quality Team.

The ideal candidate for this position will not only have strong analytical skills (problem-solving, “soft” skills) but also demonstrated experience running/utilizing a broad range of scientific-analytical equipment (“hard” skills).


  • Lead metallurgical (and general materials science) analyses to ensure the quality of incoming materials and outgoing products. Assist the Quality team in defining test and inspection methods, as well as sampling rates for various components and assemblies.
  • Take a lead role in manufacturing investigations when appropriate. Drive investigations to include proper fact-finding, problem statements, selection of test(s) and methodologies, ensuring investigations are completed in a time-critical manner, and complete final report documentation
  • ‘Own’ and operate the lab’s SEM.
o Utilize the SEM/EDX as one of many critical tools in solving a wide array of scientific and engineering questions, from chemical identification to fractography.

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. (or M.S. with commensurate experience) with an emphasis in metallurgy. Proven record of laboratory experience.
Strong knowledge in processing-structure-property relationships of various metallurgical systems.
experience with operation and interpretation of SEM and EDX.
Knowledge/experience in various metallurgical characterization techniques and their limitations, such as hardness/microhardness, mechanical testing, XRF, XPS, etc.
Hands-on experience with sectioning, mounting, polishing, etching, and subsequent metallurgical examination.
Excellent problem solving skills.
Detailed-oriented, able to work both independently and in a collaborative project-focused environment, prompt and dependable, and excellent communication skills. The ability to work independently by demonstrating excellent judgment cannot be overemphasized.
Be both capable and willing to perform all the various manual tasks involved with factory work, such as (safely) moving large quantities of heavy objects, moving large pallets long distances with a pallet jack, sorting incoming materials, etc.
Able to relocate to the Reno, Nevada area.

Preferred Additional Qualifications:
Extensive work experience in failure analysis of metals (e.g. fractography, various joining failures, materials compatibility, erosion/corrosion, etc.).
Broad background in other materials science disciplines (e.g. polymers, electronic materials).
Other various ‘mad skills’ are a plus (e.g. light machining, welding, soldering, operation of complex machinery, developing and implementing custom test fixtures, sensors, and monitoring/data collection equipment, ham radio fabrication, tinkering with microelectronics/Arduino, etc.).

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