Project Engineer | New Product Introduction - Gigafactory New York


Buffalo, NY, USA

Full time


Mar 4

What to Expect

The Project Engineer, NPI is responsible for supporting the development of new processes and carrying out each trial exactly to the established product specification. This includes managing the program from early prototype builds through to the launch of the production line. The primary role of the Project Engineer will be to test and validate systems and parts involved in product development and manufacturing to ensure products are of the highest quality. To support this, the Project Engineer will also establish validation standards, develop testing protocols, prepare equipment, document test results, and maintain records. The Project Engineer will identify, report, and adjust equipment or processes that require improvement. The Project Engineer will collaborate with safety, design, product excellence, change control, manufacturing, and service departments.

What You’ll Do

  • Assist in validating manufacturing processes to ensure product specifications and standards are achieved
  • Lead manufacturing line trials for new products and processes
  • Manage quality assurance and procedures by testing and validating systems and parts; Assist in establishing and implementing new validation standards, and procedures
  • Conduct Trial Preparation: Ensure part availability, line readiness, and pre-requisite data obtained and consolidated; Complete Trial Report: Document observations, analysis, and results, Make recommendations as needed and drive solutions. Record all issues found during trials and help drive to closure; Manage Trial Recovery: Ensure manufacturing lines are validated and/or restored to prior condition post-trial(s). Evaluate the success of each trial (yield, downtime, cost, safety, etc.); Serve as subject matter expert (SME) on trials to ensure proper validation procedures are followed
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to evaluate the best processes roll-out
  • Track all trial details in PCA tracking system for approvals
  • Lead and provide feedback in change control meetings
  • Govern, and ensure core KPI targets are met in Safety, Quality, Productivity, Cost and Delivery


What You’ll Bring

  • 1+ years’ experience in a manufacturing environment; Experience with semi-automated manufacturing equipment is a plus and Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Manufacturing Engineering, or equivalent working experience
  • Understanding of manufacturability, process design, process validation, and assembly methods; Have an aptitude to learn and incorporate new technologies
  • Experience breaking down high-level (e.g. device level) performance issues into addressable action items; Ability to identify issues and make corrective measures to resolve 
  • Skillful with electrical and computer-based tools, including precision measuring equipment, electrical test equipment, and computer databases
  • Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, and policies related to specialized projects
  • Proven ability to operate under pressure with rigid time constraints; Can track and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, occasionally requiring extended hours
  • Can work closely with cross-functional departments; Excellent written and verbal skills; Ability to communicate across cultures and geographic regions

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

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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