Associate Controls Engineer, Automation Controls Development Program | Tesla | Fremont, CA

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  • United States, Fremont, CA View on Map
  • Post Date : November 19, 2020
  • Apply Before : December 19, 2020
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The Role:

Controls Engineer, Automation Controls Engineering Development Program

The Associate Controls Engineer role within the Automation Controls Engineering Development Program provides recent graduates and early career professionals with the opportunity to develop their engineering skills in a challenging, fast-paced and impactful manufacturing role at Tesla.

Placement will be in any of the following areas depending on business availability and candidate interest:

  • Vehicle manufacturing (Body, Stamping, Casting, Paint, General Assembly)
  • Paint manufacturing
  • Powertrain manufacturing (Battery Module, Battery Pack, Drive Unit)
  • Power electronics / Energy product manufacturing (Drive Inverter, Energy Storage)
  • Battery cell manufacturing (Electrode, Tabless, Assembly and Formation)

The Associate Controls Engineer will work under the guidance of an experienced Controls Engineer at Tesla’s Fremont Factory at Fremont, CA or at Gigafactory Nevada at Reno, NV.

Automation Controls Engineers design, program and commission automated manufacturing equipment to produce vehicles, powertrain and energy products at Tesla factories. Successful candidates will have a passion for programming, a strong interest in controlling mechanical machines and a willingness to learn and contribute to the team in a rapidly growing capacity. Automation Controls Engineers also contribute to further development of Tesla’s unique and innovative controls program architecture and standards that will be used to accelerate our future.

In this role, you will
learn how to:

  • Design industrial electrical panels, field wiring and machine safety circuits (E-Plan and AutoCAD)
  • Program PLCs using ladder logic and structured text (Siemens, Allen-Bradley and Beckhoff)
  • Program complex machinery for material pick-and-place, fastening, conveyance, etc.
  • Interface machinery with MES and reports results to quality databases
  • Create intuitive operator touchscreen interfaces (WinCC, PanelView, Ignition, TwinCAT HMI)
  • Program vision cameras for inspection and 2D/3D machinery guidance (Cognex, Keyence)
  • Program and interface to industrial 6-axis robots (Fanuc, Kuka)


  • BS in Electrical, Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science or similar
  • Superb computer skills and demonstrated programming proficiency
  • Previous internship, academic or hobbyist experience in mechatronics projects is an asset
  • Hands-on experience fixing and troubleshooting things
  • Familiar with common hand tools and diagnostic tools such as multimeters
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills
  • Willing to work extended hours as necessary

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