Power Electronic Design Engineer

Tesla Motors Palo Alto , CA 94306

Posted 2 days ago

The Role

Tesla's Power Electronics group is looking for a skilled and motivated electrical engineer to design and develop Power Electronics converter hardware intended to be used in Tesla power trains and energy products.


  • Design and build hardware of power electronics converters for use in automotive and energy storage applications.

  • Start to finish ownership of hardware from specification to design, prototype, reliability validation and high-volume manufacturing.

  • Collaborate with mechanical, PCB layout, and firmware engineering teams to successfully to design, validate and manufacture power converters.

  • Architect and model new power converter topologies that achieve better performance.

Required Skills

  • BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering.

  • 4 or more years of relevant hands-on hardware experience in power converter (AC/DC, DC/DC & DC/AC) design.

  • Strong understanding of power electronics topologies (AC/DC, DC/DC & DC/AC).

  • Experience with high voltage power semiconductor selection (Si/SiC/GaN MOSFET's, Diodes), gate drive and protection circuit design.

  • Good understanding of switching waveforms, Semi-conductor losses and experience with loss modeling.

  • Solid understanding of the theory and application of magnetics (inductors, transformers) and capacitors (Electrolytic, film and Ceramic) used for power conversion.

  • Good experience with design analog/digital circuits and micro-processors.

  • Familiar with schematic capture and power converter circuit simulation tools.

  • Experience in supervision of PCB layout for minimal stray inductance and capacitance, placement strategies for better manufacturability, power/signal plane definition and EMC optimization.

  • Proficiency with basic EE tools (Oscilloscopes, Network analyzers, Signal Generators etc.).

  • Preferred Skills

  • MSEE or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

  • Awareness of UL and CE electrical safety requirements and EMC requirements relevant to the design of power converters.

  • Knowledge in environmental, reliability, and safety requirements for Automotive, Industrial & Residential applications.

  • Knowledge of basic control theory and experience with embedded programming.

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