Internship, Quality & Systems Engineer, Cell Engineering (Fall 2024)

    • Tesla Motors
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Posted 51 days ago | Updated 2 days ago


On Site
USD 20.00 per hour
Full Time


Cross-functional team
Research and development
Root cause analysis
3D printing
Statistical process control
Employment authorization
Palo Alto
Quality assurance
Process engineering
Attention to detail
Hardware development
Big data
Continuous improvement
Software development
Systems engineering
Systems modeling
Machine Learning (ML)
Quality control
Process improvement
Quality inspection
Mechanical engineering
Project management
3D computer graphics
2D computer graphics
Industrial engineering
Corrective and preventive action
Quality management
Manufacturing engineering
Capacity management
Six Sigma
Data Visualization
ISO 9000
Data acquisition
Signal processing
Control system
Data Analysis
Spring Framework
Certification and accreditation
Computer hardware
Electrical engineering
Design of experiments
Microsoft Excel
BMC Remedy
Health care

Job Details

What to Expect

Consider before submitting an application:
This position is expected to start around August 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.

Locations: Palo Alto, CA, Fremont, CA, Austin, TX, Reno, NV, Toronto, ON

What You?ll Do

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

Quality Engineering Internship
  • As an intern on Quality Engineering team, you'll collaborate on mass production cell projects that impact cell quality, manufacturability, safety, cost, and field reliability while working in a cross-functional team throughout the entire product lifecycle and launch into manufacturing. You will assist with design decisions, contribute to specification requirements, and collaborate on cell material and process development projects. You will work closely with Design, Process, Equipment, and Production teams to take battery design changes and new battery designs from initial concept through prototype development and into full production. Seeking candidates with experience or excitement for developing software in a collaborative environment, high proficiency in Python with experience C/C++, MySQL preferred.
Electrode Quality Internship
  • We are looking for a motivated and detail oriented individual to improve product quality through the use DMAIC methodology and collaboration with cross-functional team for Tesla's electrode manufacturing space. In this role, the intern will be working under the mentorship of a senior engineer on developing and testing processes, improve existing measurement systems, and troubleshooting issues that affect production runtime and quality targets.
Systems Optimization Internship
  • The Systems Optimization Team is positioned within Technology R&D to close the loop between product use and software/hardware design. The team uses big-data tools, statistics, physics-based modeling, and optimization to drive continuous improvement of our existing products through software updates, and hardware requirements. The Systems Optimization Team is looking for determined, eager individuals with strong physics fundamentals and enthusiasm for software development and big-data analysis. The intern will work with team members to further develop "trip planner", an in-house routing engine that optimally navigates customers through the supercharging network, while balancing congestion, to enable industry leading road-trip experience. Seeking candidates with experience or excitement for developing software in a collaborative environment and ahigh proficiency in Python with experience C/C++, MySQL.

Systems Engineering Internship
  • We are looking for a System Engineering Intern who will focus on cell manufacturing equipment characterization. You will work hands-on with components and systems to confirm that they meet functional and process requirements. You will work with a cross-functional team to characterize equipment operation window, and establish equipment setups and methodologies with procedural rigor that allow to reliably identify product weaknesses, ensuring methods conform to industry best practice. Seeking candidates with experience of working with sensor types (force sensors, load cells, thermocouples, accelerometers, etc.) and actuators (hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, etc.) and good knowledge in system modeling, filter design and machine learning algorithms.

Quality Internship
  • Improve incoming, in process and outgoing quality control tasks to ensure manufacturing capability and product reliability. Help evaluate suspect materials while working closely with internal and external teams to quickly identify and resolve cell-related issues. Participate in Root Cause analysis of known Issues to the Final product. Run trials to generate data to support material/process improvement activities. Perform GR&R evaluations and qualification of inspection equipment.
Quality Inspection Mechanical Design Engineering Intern
  • The Quality Operation team in Cell Manufacturing group at Gigafactory Texas is responsible to conduct quality inspection operations for all incoming purchased part inspection as Incoming Quality Control (IQC), the sampled products from the production lines as In Process Quality Control (IPQC) and completed parts as Outgoing Quality Control (OQC). Mechanical Design Engineering intern supports inspection process improvements on throughput and GR&R by designing, fabricating and deploying inspection fixtures to Quality Operation team. This team specifically seeks an intern with project management experience and proficiency in 3D and 2D CAD (SolidWorks, CATIA, AutoCAD preferred), and experience with prototyping and fabrication methods (3D Printing and/or CNC machining).

Quality and Process Systems, Industrial Engineer Intern
  • Tesla is looking for a highly motivated engineer, experienced with Industrial Engineering methodologies, to drive continuous improvement initiatives within the Cell Manufacturing team at Gigafactory Texas. As a Senior Industrial Engineer, you will support a world-class manufacturing program from the ground up. You will initiate and energize the corrective action and continuous improvement culture at Gigafactory Texas to the highest levels of performance in safety, quality, cost, and growth. Working from within the Quality Systems team, this role demands excellent communication and interpersonal skills to support Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality Operations teams. An ideal candidate would possess knowledge in OEE, capacity planning, cycle time analysis (Basic MOST) and line balancing, ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and Data visualization experience (e.g Tableau).

Supplier Industrialization Engineering Internship
  • Tesla's Supplier Industrialization team is responsible for critical component development and qualification activities at suppliers. The job involves communicating well with internal and external teams, traveling to suppliers in different regions, and on-the-spot critical decision making. This position will be responsible for sustaining and improving supplier product quality using collaborative efforts to accomplish this task. The goal: delivering on time quantities of high-quality component parts into Tesla's production processes to enable extremely rapid development cycles and product launches. Seeking candidates with experience in Quality Systems (PPAP/APQP processes), knowledge of ISO 9001 and/or IATF 16949 Standards, and/ore a background in Statistical Process Control, Capability Analysis.

What You?ll Bring

  • Currently pursuing a degree in Manufacturing Engineering or related field
  • Good experience in hardware and software development in data acquisition, signal processing, and control system
  • Proficiency with statistical analysis, DOE, data analysis software Excel, Mintab and/or JMP
  • Strong technical understanding of distributed systems, ability to learn quickly and establish credibility with engineers
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing data, identifying trends, and influencing decisions on recommended strategies to remedy issues
  • Proficiency in Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)

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 - $60.00 + 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.