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Mechanical Design Engineer, Springs and Dampers, Chassis Engineering

Mechanical Design Engineer, Springs and Dampers, Chassis Engineering


Tesla is accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. The Chassis Design Engineering team plays a critical part in that mission, helping to deliver a safe, efficient, comfortable, and enjoyable driving experience, while also focusing on the sustainability and value of Tesla’s products.


A Mechanical Design Engineer working on Springs and Dampers will be responsible for coil springs, air springs, and passive and adaptive damping technologies. The engineer will be responsible for bringing those systems from concept to production and beyond with support from other engineering teams at Tesla. The engineer will work closely with the Vehicle Dynamics team to tune ride, handling, and steering attributes on prototype and production vehicles.

The engineer’s responsibilities include design, analysis, sourcing, prototyping, testing, vehicle assembly validation, quality control, engineering documentation, and more. The engineer must possess and be able to readily apply mechanical engineering fundamentals, and is expected to learn quickly while managing their projects with minimal oversight. During the design process an emphasis is placed on going beyond the status quo to make the best product in terms of cost, mass, and performance. The engineer must be able to communicate clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical colleagues. Hands-on experience is a major plus for engineering development work and addressing production issues. Some travel to suppliers may be required, including international travel.

The engineer must work with Tesla teams and component suppliers in order to:

  • Develop and optimize designs in 3D CAD software with associated CAE tools

  • Validate manufacturing, assembly, and service feasibility

  • Complete and release component designs and documentation, including 2D drawings

  • Validate components per defined engineering requirements

  • Resolve issues and concerns with cross-functional teams including engineering, supply chain, production, and service

  • Participate in the sourcing process and manage engineering relationships with suppliers

  • Deliver to defined schedules


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent

  • Proficiency in a 3D CAD software (CATIA is a plus)

  • Basic knowledge of GD&T (proficiency is a plus)

  • Experience with component design, analysis, and validation

  • Great technical and interpersonal communication

  • Evidence of being a self-starter and bringing projects to completion

  • Prior experience with automotive spring or damper design is highly valued

  • Prior experience with vehicle dynamics is a plus


The Chassis team is comprised of engineers from many backgrounds and experience levels. The Chassis Design Engineering team is responsible for tires, wheels, hubs, halfshafts, suspension, subframes, brakes, pedals/controls, and air suspension systems on all of Tesla’s passenger car and heavy vehicle programs. You’ll work alongside experts with many years of experience, high aptitude recent graduates, and people from every stage in between. Collaboration, learning, and growth are core to the team’s success. We look for anyone with demonstrated exceptional ability to solve problems in both individual and team settings.

Uren per week: Full-time