Thermal Performance Validation Engineer, Tesla Energy

    • Tesla Motors
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 1 day ago


On Site
USD 80,000.00 per year
Full Time


Root cause analysis
Test plans
Data processing
Mechanical engineering
Test execution
Data collection
Data Analysis
Heat transfer
Fluid mechanics
Thermal analysis
Test equipment
Thermal management
Computer hardware
Regression analysis
Analytical skill
Control flow diagram
Data compression
Health care
Apache Flex

Job Details

What to Expect

The Tesla Energy Products team is bringing battery and solar technology to the grid to facilitate a renewable energy ecosystem and redefine the way the world will use energy in the future. As part of the Thermal Performance Validation team, you are responsible for qualifying and modeling new and existing thermal systems and actuators for Tesla Energy's world class products. This role involves collaboration with several cross functional teams and requires the ability to apply engineering fundamentals to model and validate thermal systems. Our team is small, committed, fast moving and we believe a diverse team of motivated individuals can accomplish almost anything. We are problem solvers, team players and game changers. If this sounds like you, Tesla just might be the place to make your mark!

What You?ll Do

  • Own and drive hardware validation efforts for thermal systems and components such as compressors, pumps, fans, heat exchangers, etc
  • Manage hardware performance validation - including test planning, setup design, development, execution, root cause analysis, data processing, and correlating and comparing results to simulation data
  • Develop thermal component test infrastructure including detailed mechanical design work, writing and maintaining test software to automate test execution, data collection, and data analysis
  • Collaborate with firmware and control engineers to develop thermal controls and create full regression tests to ensure test coverage of requirements

What You?ll Bring

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, or similar discipline - all experience levels considered
  • Strong fundamentals in heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics
  • Experience modeling, testing, or designing thermal components (fans, pumps, compressors, heat sinks, heat exchangers, etc)
  • Fluency in the use of analytical simulation tools for thermal analysis, such as Matlab or Python
  • Experience using standard lab and test equipment such as power supplies, DMMs, DAQs, pressure transducers, flowmeters, thermocouples, etc
  • Understanding of low voltage and high voltage components/circuits and how to debug them

Preferred Skills

  • Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, or similar discipline
  • Fluency in CFD Software
  • Experience working with liquid cooled thermal management systems for batteries or power converters
  • Experience working with vapor compression cycles and or heat pump systems

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.