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Tesla is seeking a highly motivated Controls Engineer to contribute to the design and development of new automation equipment and assembly lines for our Exterior Trim & Paint Engineering team. This is an exciting opportunity to build a world class manufacturing facility right here in the Bay Area. Tesla Motors is a demanding and fast-paced environment where you will work on a critical subsystem of incredibly exciting products.


The Controls Engineer will work with cross-functional teams throughout the entire lifecycle of the product and processes. He/She will work closely with Design Engineering, Quality and Production to bring Drivetrain components from initial design, through prototype development and finally into full production.

In-house equipment development:

Debug PLC ladder logic with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable and reusable. PLC code will interact with subsystems such as conveyors, robots, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), LabView, machine vision, and 3rd party equipment.
Generate aesthetically simple HMI screens for complex machinery while providing sufficient feedback for troubleshooting.
Manage automated processes and equip Sustaining Team to support automated equipment after deployment into production
Outsourced automation equipment development:

Characterize and validate new automated equipment and fixturing for deployment into production
Existing automation equipment refinement:

Debug and optimize automated processes to maximize cycle time and uptime.
Assembly Line Development and Implementation

Manage data tracking communications network architecture and interface with cross-functional teams for product, processes and quality traceability control implementation
The ideal candidate takes pride in his/her hands-on work, analytical ability, organizational skills and attention to detail. He/She appreciates an environment where superior work is encouraged, noticed and rewarded and where individuals carry tremendous responsibility. He/She looks forward to learning an incredible amount on the job.


BS/MS in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent – Majors in: Controls and Computer Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineering, etc.)
2+ years of experience as a hands-on Controls Engineer or Applications Engineer working on automation and/or electromechanical systems.
Process integration and electromechanical / mechatronic systems
Hands on experience with industrial equipment: Ladder logic PLCs (Allen Bradley ControlLogix, Siemens, Mitsubishi Q series, GE Fanuc) and RSLogix 5000
Safety PLCs (Allen Bradley ControlLogix, Siemens, SmartGuard, Omron, Pilz)Human Machine Interface (HMI / GUI – AB Panelview, Mitsubishi GOT, LabView, Ignition)
Field bus Networks (AB DeviceNet, Ethernet IP, Safety rated field bus networks).Serial communication (RS-232) between PLCs and instruments
Ethernet communications between machine PLCs and database systems
Troubleshoot state machines for processes which involve multi-station parallel processing, pick and place automation, data acquisition, and PID control. Proven ability to discover and eliminate faulted systems with error handling and recovery.
Exposure or experience to a wide variety of production machinery, industrial sensors, and equipment (LVDT and pressure transducers, dispense systems, temperature controllers, DC nutrunner torque controllers, current and power meters, etc)
Experience with Vision systems (Cognex, Keyence, Fanuc)
Knowledge of production quality metrics is a plus


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