Associate Automation Controls Engineer

Tesla - Fremont, CA3.6


Core Automation is a central team responsible for the development of foundational hardware and software used in Tesla's advanced manufacturing systems. The team builds central software platforms, libraries, and hardware solutions that quickly integrate within Tesla's ecosystems allowing for better technology to be deployed quickly and easily. To improve the rate, efficiency, and quality of our increasingly complicated and increasingly tuned production facilities, Core Automation is building sophisticated automation solutions that are software and data-driven.


The Associate Automation Controls Engineer is part of a team that designs, programs, and commissions the most advanced automated assembly lines in the world. This team challenges the frontiers of traditional manufacturing, creating complex automation equipment to produce Tesla vehicles, vehicle components and energy storage products across all manufacturing areas. The Associate Automation Controls Engineer will start under the guidance of a Senior Automation Controls Engineer in furthering the development of Tesla’s unique and innovative controls program architecture. S/He is expected to learn and contribute to the team’s mission in a rapid and exponentially growing capacity.


In this role you’ll learn to:

· Design industrial electrical panels, field wiring and OSHA-compliant machine safety circuits in AutoCAD Electrical

· Program ladder logic and structured text on multiple PLC controller platforms (Allen-Bradley, Siemens and Beckhoff)

· Sequence complex, multi-station machinery for material pick-and-place, dispense, fastening, welding and conveyance applications

· Interface process and test equipment with Tesla MES and production quality databases using Python scripting and SQL

· Create aesthetically pleasing and intuitive operator touchscreen interfaces (Ignition)

· Commission vision cameras for part inspection and 2D/3D guidance of machinery (Cognex, Keyence)

· Program and teach industrial 6-axis robots (Fanuc)

· Set up and tune servo drives and VFDs for fast and smooth operation (Allen-Bradley)


· Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent industry experience

· Superb computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in a common programming language

· Demonstrated propensity to build, assemble, and fix things (including programmed solutions)

· Familiar with and able to use common hand tools and diagnostic tools such as multimeters

· Exposure to microcontrollers programming, binary and digital logic, analog circuits

· Proficiency with CAD

· Exemplary verbal and written communication skills

· Able to work under intense time pressure in the presence of others

· Willing to work days, afternoons, nights and weekends as determined by project needs

· Commitment to Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy

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