The successful candidate will work to develop both low and high power electronic test equipment along with several manufacturing, design, and test engineering peers. The candidate will define a robust system architecture to support the concept, and then complete the detailed design of automated testing equipment from a controls and electrical standpoint, including component selection, PLC and HMI programming, and support the bring-up of the equipment from power-on to debug, and finally to process fine tuning and validation.
The candidate will also work with cross-functional teams throughout the entire lifecycle of the product and processes. He/She will work closely with Design Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, and Production to ensure that test equipment supports all critical objectives for Tesla.
Participate in initial equipment conceptual development, design reviews, and carefully balance product specifications, process requirements, layout complexity, cost, and lead-time limits
Layout new industrial electrical control panels which are NFPA79/NEC/UL508A compliant, and create electrical, pneumatic and fluid schematics
Develop and debug ladder logic PLC code 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 Operating System (MOS), Ignition, LabVIEW, machine vision, and 3rd party equipment
Implement (ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant) control reliable safety systems for safeguarding robots, gantries, conveyors, and other high volume manufacturing equipment
Generate aesthetically simple HMI screens for complex machinery while providing sufficient feedback for troubleshooting
Manage electrical cabinet builds, field wiring, pneumatic and fluid plumbing
Introduce automated processes into production, and train and equip Sustaining Team to support automated equipment after deployment into production
Debug and optimize automated processes to minimize cycle time and maximize uptime
Characterize and validate equipment using data-driven statistical approaches (Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility test, Cpk, etc)
In depth knowledge of Electrical and Safety Standards (NFPA79, National Electric code, UL508A, ANSI/RIA15.06, OSHA).
Advanced proficiency programming industrial equipment:
Ladder logic PLCs (Allen Bradley RSLogix 5000 or Siemens S7/TIA Portal)
Human Machine Interface (HMI / GUI – AB Panelview or Ignition)
Field bus Networks (AB DeviceNet, Ethernet IP, Profinet, Safety rated field bus networks)
Serial communication (RS-232) between PLCs and instruments
Ethernet communications between machine PLCs and database systems
Demonstrated excellence in programming PLCs. Must have a well-defined methodology for maintaining code structure and organization. Ability to program state machines for complex processes which involve multi-station parallel processing, pick and place automation, data acquisition, and PID control. Proven ability to design fault-tolerant systems with error handling and recovery.
Proficiency selecting appropriate hardware (PLCs, fuses, wire and cable, sensors, safety hardware)
Proficiency creating detailed electrical and fluid schematics in CAD (AutoCAD Electrical preferred)
Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail
Experience creating technical specifications for automated manufacturing equipment is highly desired
Exposure to a variety of test types (EOL, FCT, Burn-In), and electrical test instruments (DMMs, Oscilloscopes, Power Analyzers) is a plus
BS/MS Electrical or Mechatronic Engineering (or equivalent)
4+ years of combined career experience as a hands-on
- Term Entry +
- Company Tesla