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Sr. CAD Design Engineer

Company: Tesla
Location: Buffalo
Posted on: May 18, 2019

Job Description:

The Role

Tesla is recruiting for a Sr. CAD Design Engineer to play a key role in the design, development, and troubleshooting of industrial manufacturing and automation equipment. This person will use their engineering expertise to drive in-house equipment projects as well as to provide guidance and evaluate 3rd party equipment as needed. The ideal candidate would be very hands-on, have manufacturing equipment design experience, project leadership experience, and adapt quickly to change.


Design and develop automated or semi-automated industrial manufacturing equipment including: robots, end effectors, gantries, mechanism design, material handling, solar cell wafer handling, conveyor systems, automated carts, etc.

Create documentation to support design and development ideas including detailed drawings, assembly instructions, work instructions, procedures, BOMs, test results, presentations

Design and build test fixtures as needed using rapid prototyping techniques, 3D printing, etc.

Perform FEA and/or experiments to make data driven design decisions

Regularly present and defend data driven design choices

Interface with technical staff of different disciplines (manufacturing engineers, process engineers, electrical engineers, software engineers) to collaborate on design concepts and specifications, project review, and execution planning in fast paced environment

Interface with vendors and machine shops to ensure swift and accurate delivery of components and design parts

Manage or participate in the assembly of in-house designed manufacturing equipment

Work with cross-functional team to troubleshoot, improve, optimize existing 3rd party factory equipment

Participate in new 3rd party equipment design evaluation

Drive other projects as needed by management or as business needs change


BS or MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering, similar degree, or equivalent experience in 3D modeling, mechanism design, and robotics.

Experience with 2D/3D model is required, AutoCAD, SolidWorks experience preferred, Catia experience is a plus, but not required.

Familiar with ASME Y14.5m GD&T and proper RMS, RSS plus/minus tolerancing for assembly

Experience with pneumatic valve controls for actuator control and vacuum grippers

Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills for full lifecycle from project inception through testing, installation, and support in a manufacturing environment

Detail-oriented, resourceful and able to manage shifting priorities

Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment with excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

Demonstrated project leadership.

Ability to travel up to 15% when needed.

Robotics, Motor Selection and Machine shop experience is a plus

Tesla participates in the E-Verify Program

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.

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