Staff Mechanical Design Engineer - Geartrain

Tesla Palo Alto , CA 94306

Posted 3 days ago

Geartrain Design Engineers in Tesla's Drive Systems Engineering Team are responsible for design, release and launch of the geartrain components for Tesla vehicle product lines. You will be part of the team that creates and executes world-class drive units in terms of performance, cost, and manufacturability. Components of particular importance include gears, bearings, shafts, clutches, couplers, actuators, differentials and integration of these components.

  • Lead the development of novel concepts for geartrain related components to minimize part count, cost, and complexity in the drive unit

  • Develop geartrain component requirements

  • Geartrain system design utilizing parametric modeling to evaluate performance trade-offs

  • Geartrain component design of rotating shafts, torque split devices, couplings, and clutches

  • Design, coordinate, and execute system level and component level tests for performance, durability, reliability, and variability

  • CAE analysis (static, modal, fatigue, topology optimization)

  • Matlab/Simulink/Simscape modeling

  • 2D and 3D modeling utilizing CAD software

  • Supplier coordination for high volume contract manufacturing

  • Work with world class experts in firmware, design, and test engineering to develop and bring innovative technologies to mass production

  • Lead and mentor junior members of the Drive Systems team

  • Expert in rotating machinery design

  • Deep understanding of bearings, gears and gearbox lubrication

  • Experience with differentials, actuators, clutches, axle disconnect systems or multi-speed transmissions

  • Deep understanding of ANSI Y14.5 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing application to part drawings and function

  • Expert in 3D modeling within a product development environment. CATIA preferred

  • Expert in CAE analysis software package like Ansys, Abaqus, Hyperworks

  • Experience of launching multiple automotive designs from concept through release and production or the equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability.

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Tesla is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process.

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