What to Expect
Tesla is seeking a highly motivated Equipment Engineering & Controls Manager
to manage a team of equipment engineers, controls engineers, test engineers,
and technicians responsible for supporting production of our battery products.
The team will be directly responsible for the performance and continuous
improvement of equipment on the production line to drive improvements in
safety, ergonomics, overall equipment efficiency, product yield, cost and
cycle time through documented actions with clearly defined schedules and
The Battery is one of the most complex and challenging components designed and
manufactured at Tesla. This is an exciting opportunity to build a world class
manufacturing facility right here in the Bay Area. Tesla is a demanding and
fast-paced environment where you will work on a critical subsystem of
incredibly exciting products.
The Manager will lead by example and work closely with the engineers on the
floor to solve problems as needed. They will provide technical guidance and
explore new technologies to solve challenging problems with automation.
The ideal candidate has a proven track record of building new teams and
leading complex, large-scale production operations. They will work closely
with department leaders to align operating strategies, KPIs, and project
priorities to meet department goals. This is a cross-functional role that
requires coordination between many different teams within Tesla.
What You'll Do
Build, Manage, mentor and lead a team of equipment & controls engineers
supporting all battery production lines and subassemblies.
Build & improve management systems to ensure all equipment operates
safely, with high availability, product quality and within established
Own, report on and drive improvement of area KPI's including equipment
availability, product yield, cycle time and cost.
Coach engineers and technicians to develop and implement equipment
upgrades to increase capacity, lower cost per unit, and improve yield.
Lead and assist engineers and technicians in resolving unplanned down
events and driving permanent RCCAs, using the 3D/8D process where
Support engineers in technical troubleshooting of equipment, including
debugging PLC's, reviewing code, reading electrical schematics, and other
Make daily resource allocation decisions, balancing competing priorities,
to serve the needs of the engineering, maintenance and production
Serve as backup engineer for all members of the team both in order to
ensure zero gaps in coverage as well as adequately address issues of
Collaborate with MFG engineering and controls teams to install and debug
Create hiring plans to build a growing team and support individual growth
Execute strategies with production to flawlessly execute planned downtime,
manage change control compliance, and validate effectiveness of machine
What You'll Bring
BS/MS or equivalent in science/engineering with prior experience in
manufacturing; focus on automation is required (Ignition, Beckhoff,
Exemplary track record of high impact contributions both as an individual
contributor and in a management capacity. Minimum 8 years of manufacturing
experience required, with at least four years managing an engineering
Demonstrated experience leading discussions and resolving conflicts
Ability to collaborate with all levels of engineering
Demonstrated experience developing and driving a continuous OEE
improvement roadmap and presenting the strategy to senior leadership
Experience with automation and controls engineering, including PLC, is
Strong technical background in mechanical and electrical fundamentals
Familiar with material joining techniques including fastening, welding,
soldering, adhesive bonding
Experience with data analysis and basic statistics a plus.
Experience with failure analysis and/or problem solving methodologies
(such as 4D, fishbone, and 5 whys)
High proficiency in MS Office (especially Excel and Powerpoint)