Sled Test Engineer

    • Tesla Motors
  • Fremont, CA
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 23 hours ago


On Site
USD 80,000.00 per year
Full Time


Attention to detail
Test execution
Data processing
Test equipment
Structural analysis
Product development
Health care
Apache Flex

Job Details

What to Expect

As a Sled Test Engineer in the Passive Safety team, you will work as a member of Tesla's Passive Safety test team primarily based in the dynamic sled test facility. This facility offers a sophisticated crash simulation capability and its operation requires a high attention to detail and a comprehensive knowledge of the physics of crash. The primary objective of this role is to conduct the crash simulation (sled) testing required to develop the vehicle components and vehicle restraint systems. In this position you will coordinate the testing execution and be responsible for the physical set up of tests and for all aspects of test preparation, test execution and post-test analysis. You will collaborate closely with test technicians for day to day test responsibilities in the sled lab. Working closely with CAE and product engineers, you will also be responsible for test request generation, data processing and reporting.

What You?ll Do

  • Configure, set up, and operate specialized sled test equipment
  • Lead the preparation and set up for test fixtures, equipment and test samples
  • Divide up and precisely communicate day to day test related responsibilities among the technician group to maintain daily lab efficiency and keep up with a challenging test schedule
  • Process and interpret test data, generating the appropriate graphs and plots required to communicate test results
  • Write comprehensive test reports, documenting the results of testing and to communicate issues identified during testing.
  • Work with internal engineering teams to develop and validate performance of the vehicle and it's passive safety systems
  • Identify test incidents and write test incident reports
  • Lead post-test tear downs and inspections, documenting and reporting results
  • Develop/Improve the supporting processes, procedures and test documentation
  • Operate and maintain safe working practices and environment considering the safety of yourself and other employees at all times

What You?ll Bring

  • Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent work experience
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in vehicle safety or vehicle safety focused graduate program is strongly preferred
  • Deep understanding of vehicle safety concepts and analysis tools
  • Working knowledge of CAD and structural analysis software strongly preferred (CATIA, SolidWorks)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to establish effective working relationships with engineering and test teams, both within and outside Tesla
  • Experience working in cross functional teams to drive product development
  • Ability to interpret crash data and video data generating valuable outputs
  • Experience in test development and instrumentation
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally (up to 10% travel) and valid driver's license with clean driving record

Compensation and Benefits


Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:
  • 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 options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), 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
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

    • Expected Compensation

      $80,000 - $300,000/annual salary + cash and stock awards + 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.