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Mechanical Engineer Internship/Co-Op (Spring 2015))

Req. ID: 19128
Office Location: NA-US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office
# of openings: 5
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Job Type: Intern


Mechanical Engineer Internship/Co-Op (Winter/Spring 2015)

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. 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

Tesla Motors offers compelling opportunities for students seeking internships and co-ops. To be eligible, you must be actively pursuing a BS, MS, or advanced degree. Your application will be considered for all applicable opportunities in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA.

Required Skills

Specific project assignments and required technical aptitude will vary based on the needs of the individual hiring team.

  • Experience modeling components and assemblies in 3D CAD and create 2D prints (SolidWorks, CATIA V5).
  • Mechanical wrenching, basic fabrication, machining, wiring, general electronics, debugging, and parts chasing.
  • Understanding of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and mechanics of materials.
  • Experience with design for manufacturing, service, reliability, and cost.
  • Experience with product validation, FMEA analysis, and test system architecture.
  • Detail oriented approach to testing with solid documentation, data analysis, and reporting skills.
  • Practical knowledge Matlab, Labview, Python.
  • Knowledge of lithium-ion battery technology and electrochemistry is a plus.
  • Experience with automotive environmental and safety requirements is a plus.


  • Currently working toward a BS, MS, or advanced degree in a relevant program including, but not limited to: Automotive Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechatronics.  
  • Hands-on experience is a must.
  • Previous internship and/or project experience.
  • You must be self-managed and committed to working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Professional and positive communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to relocate to the Bay Area, California.


Tesla Motors is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.






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