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Sr. Engineer- Seating

Req. ID: 15735
Office Location: US-CA-Fremont-Office-Service
# of openings: 1
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Job Type: Full time


About Tesla

Tesla’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for partners such as Toyota and Daimler. Tesla has delivered over 15,000 electric vehicles to customers in 31 countries. Model S is the world’s first premium sedan to be engineered from the ground up as an electric vehicle. Model S was named Motor Trend’s prestigious 2013 Car of the Year, achieved the best safety score of any car ever tested by the NHTSA, and Consumer Reports is calling it the best car it has ever tested.


Tesla Motors is committed to hiring and developing top talent from across the world for any given discipline. Our world-class teams operate with a non-conventional automotive product development philosophy of high inter-disciplinary collaboration, flat organizational structure, and technical contribution at all levels. You will be expected to challenge and to be challenged, to create, and to innovate.


These jobs are not for everyone, you must have a genuine passion for producing the best vehicles in the world. Without passion, you will find what we're trying to do too difficult.

The Role

As an Engineer of Seating Systems in Tesla’s Interior Engineering Team, you will be responsible for design, release and launch of the complete interior system for future Tesla vehicle product lines.  You will be part of the team that creates and executes world-class interiors in terms of form, function and luxury. 

Commodities of particular importance include seating structures, mechanisms, foam, electrics packaging, trim and the integration of these commodities into the vehicle. You will utilize your expertise in one or more of these commodities and develop as a full vehicle engineer – designing and delivering systems rather than just components as you work with a lean and agile team of the best automotive engineers in the industry.  You will report to the Manager of Seating Engineering and this position resides in Tesla’s Interior Engineering Team.


Along with Tesla’s vehicle engineering team, you will design, release and launch interior components and subsystems which are aligned with program product profile with responsibilities to include:

• Develop and execute interior system requirements for one or more of the aforementioned interior commodities.

• Achieve customer-driven interior system targets for luxury, function, cost and weight.
• Establish interior system architecture and functional feasibility.
• Participate in the iterative process with the Tesla design/styling studio to deliver the optimal balance of form vs. function vs. cost.
• Implement processes and material selections to achieve world class execution of automotive interior craftsmanship and fit & finish.
• Optimize designs with the appropriate analytical and physical assessments.
• Complete and release interior components, sub-system and detail designs, utilizing a mix of in-house design and supplier engineering where required (In-house designs are planned for most major commodities).

•Utilize DFSS methodologies as appropriate during the design, validation and launch of the program.

•Interpret CAE simulation results and integrate recommendations into product design.
•Collaborate with key interior suppliers and to support overall vehicle development milestones and prototype/production build events.
•Collaborate with cross functional teams within the Tesla Vehicle Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Procurement groups to ensure interior system manufacturing and assembly feasibility and serviceability.
• Responsible for technical documentation to include DFMEAs, DVP&R’s.


• Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME preferred) with a minimum of 4 years of experience in automotive interior component and subsystem   engineering, demonstrating technical aptitude from concept through release and launch for production and 3D modeling proficiency in CATIA v5.

• Automotive engineering with seating experience, lightweight materials is preferred (5-8years).

• Experience managing suppliers for product development.

• Have a good mix of designing a variety of materials (stamped, injection mold, etc.) and designing kinematics/ mechanisms.

• Understand the fundamental differences in design and engineering of premium luxury interior trim and systems and have examples or a portfolio of completed programs.

• Have in-depth technical expertise with the latest manufacturing technologies and feasibility execution to achieve systems requirements and world-class craftsmanship/performance targets.

• Strong proficiency in utilizing CATIA V5 is essential within an automotive product development environment

• Strong working knowledge of Design for Manufacturing, including familiarity with GD&T and dimensional engineering.

•Utilize DFSS methodologies as appropriate during the design, validation and launch of the programs.

• Strong familiarity with the development of specifications, DFMEAs, DVP&R’s and other technical documents.

• Demonstrate an ability to manage difficult projects with tight timing constraints and provide examples of such scenarios throughout your career.

Tesla is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. 


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