Internship, Mechanical Test Engineer (Fall 2024)

    • Tesla Motors
  • Fremont, CA
  • Posted 53 days ago | Updated 2 days ago


On Site
USD 20.00 per hour
Full Time


Employment authorization
Palo Alto
Quality assurance
Problem solving
Thermal management
Power electronics
Unit testing
Technology assessment
Engineering design
Test equipment
Systems design
Data collection
Mechanical engineering
Computer science
Hand tools
Attention to detail
Spring Framework
Certification and accreditation
Computer hardware
Health care

Job Details

What to Expect

Consider before submitting an application:

This position is expected to start around August/September 2024 and continue through the entire Fall term (i.e. through December 2024) or into Spring 2025 if available. We ask for a minimum of 12 weeks, full-time and on-site, for most internships.

International Students: If your work authorization is through CPT, please consult your school on your ability to work 40 hours per week before applying. You must be able to work 40 hours per week on-site. Many students will be limited to part-time during the academic year.

The Internship Recruiting Team is driven by the passion to recognize and develop emerging talent. Our year-round program places the best students in positions where they will grow technically, professionally, and personally through their experience working closely with their Manager, Mentor, and team. We are dedicated to providing an experience that allows the intern to experience life at Tesla by including them in projects that are critical to their team's success.

What You?ll Do

Multiple Locations Possible: Palo Alto, CA; Fremont, CA; Other locations within the San Francisco Bay area

About the Team

We are a diverse, enthusiastic, and growing team of multi-disciplined engineers that further Tesla's mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy by demonstrating the functionality, performance, and durability of new hardware designs. As a test engineering intern, you will learn how to leverage hardware, firmware, and software solutions to validate Tesla products to rigorous internal and industry standards. We are interested in diverse candidates with all levels of experience, but we will prioritize curious and driven engineers with strong problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills.

Qualified applicants may be reviewed by one or more of the following teams:

  • Thermal Management Test Engineering
  • Structures Test Engineering (Closures, Interiors, Exteriors, Vibrations, Chassis, etc.)
  • Power Electronics Manufacturing Test Engineering
  • Drive Unit Test Engineering
  • Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) Test Engineering
  • Capability Development
  • Design For Reliability
  • Photo Instrumentation Technology
  • Analysis Engineering
  • Design and build custom test equipment using components such as linear actuators (pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric), motors, pumps, and general system design to make validation efficient, modular, and repeatable
  • Manage projects from initial concept through design, assembly, and final commissioning
  • Write and maintain test software to automate execution, data collection and analysis
  • Develop and maintain validation schedules to coordinate test resources and communicate status to program managers

What You?ll Bring

  • Currently pursing Bachelor's Degree or advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Vehicle Engineering, Computer Science, Photographic Sciences, or equivalent
  • Proven technical experience through extracurricular activities, academic projects, passion projects, or equivalent experiences
  • Excellent grasp of engineering fundamentals with experience using hand tools, motors, actuators, power supplies, multimeters, and reading drawings
  • Eagerness to collaborate cross-functionally with other engineering teams, while working independently to drive large projects forward and overcome blockers; detail-oriented and execution focused
  • Genuine curiosity to figure out why something doesn't work; troubleshooting the root-cause of an issue comes second nature to you
  • Love to be hands on, understand how to interact with a system and automate repeatable tasks. You thrive on efficiency and hate to see someone waste time on something a script, fixture, or robotic system could do automatically

Compensation and Benefits


As a full-time Tesla Intern, you will be eligible for:
  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans. Both have an option with a $0 payroll contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Medical Plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k), Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company Paid Basic Life, AD&D, and short-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick time after 90 days of employment and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

    • Expected Compensation

      $20.00 - $50.00 + benefits
      Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.