Vehicle Hardware Engineering Internship - Mechanical Design (Spring 2021)
Palo Alto, CA 
Posted 6 days ago
Job/Internship Description
The Role: 
You will design, test, and prototype mechanical components and systems for current and future Tesla vehicle and product programs. Your scope of work will be mechanical, however interdisciplinary in nature and will challenge you to come up with creative solutions to affect rigorous quality and cost-down targets. Additionally, you will work collaboratively with cross-functional partners and external vendors and suppliers.

Your application for the Vehicle Hardware Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Internship will be considered across all opportunities for the teams listed below:

The Autopilot and Electronics Product Design team works on mechanical design and integration of all electronics modules. The areas an intern could work on can be among Controllers, Car Computer, Camera, Sensors, Radar, Display, Audio, Antenna and Accessories. The camera team within the Autopilot Product Design Team is responsible for mechanical, electrical and optical integration of our ADAS cameras. Their activities span anywhere from mechanical design and validation of new camera modules to in-depth image quality analysis for the optimal neural network detection. 

The Low Voltage Wire Harness team designs all the wiring connecting every device together both mechanically and electrically in the vehicle. The Mechanical Engineers on this team use 3D CAD (Catia) to design and package wiring in the vehicle and then transfer their designs to 2D drawing for manufacturing. These Engineers understand a Tesla vehicle from end to end, as they frequently work with other engineering teams in order to optimize the design of the vehicle. 

The Autopilot Hardware team develops, tests, and manufactures industry leading products. A significant division of that team is Electronic Packaging, is a cross-functional team that evaluates new electronic packaging products in development. This team develops and validates the assembly processes with the use of detailed CAD designs. They are responsible for running simulations to validate design, brainstorm ideas, and performing tests in the lab to characterize package mechanical architecture.

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to define product requirements and develop vehicle specific implementations.
  • Develop designs in CAD for both detailed parts and master model assemblies. 
  • Perform tolerance analysis, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and other simulations and analyses before releasing designs for production.
  • Create 2D drawings appropriate for high-volume production and inspection methods.
  • Conduct Design for Manufacturing (DFM) reviews with suppliers and support tooling bring up.
  • Run validation tests and perform data analysis.
  • Provide factory engineering support to help identify and resolve issues. 
  • Hands-on prototyping, testing & troubleshooting
  • Trial designs and incorporate feedback given from the New Product Integration team.

  • BS/MS/PhD in Mechanical engineering or related field
  • Focus areas: Solid mechanics, experimental mechanics, thermals & fluids
  • Strong fundamentals in mechanical engineering
  • Relevant FEA/FEM experience (ANSYS/ABAQUS/COMSOL etc)
  • Proficiency in CAD tools, such as Catia, NX, Solidworks Pro/e, etc.
  • Experience in drafting 2D drawings with GD&T.
  • Ability to perform first-principles analysis to ensure a successful design (stress-strain, thermal, tolerance, cost and mass optimization, etc.) 
  • This role is located at our headquarters in Palo Alto - must be able to relocate for the duration of your internship.

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