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Lead Facilities Mechanical Engineer

Company: Tesla
Location: Austin
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

The Role
We are seeking a motivated and energetic Mechanical Engineering Lead to support the Facilities Mechanical Systems (HVAC, Chilled Water, Cooling Towers, Process Cooling and Heating Water, etc.) for Giga Texas in Austin, TX. This individual will be playing a critical role in developing the engineering team that will manage the wet and dry mechanical systems. This includes developing projects to improve system energy efficiency and reliability by working with factory design and engineering teams for evaluating designs, assessing system reliability, driving operational and system efficiencies. In addition, a strong technical background is critical to enable decision making when working with cross-functional teams such as design, construction, facilities operations, maintenance and quality.


  • Manage team of engineers to support an operational manufacturing facility in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner
  • Support, direct, and coach engineers in the areas of system ownership, training, disciplinary action, problem resolution, and work delegation
  • Lead efforts to identify system improvements and equipment modifications to improve safety, reliability, maintainability, and operability of the dry and wet mechanical systems
  • Act as primary point of contact for manufacturing for all mechanical facilities systems
  • Manage, generate, and implement corrective action plans for system repairs, replacements, and modifications
  • Drive compliance with local and federal regulations, site and corporate Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) guidelines
  • Act as facilities mechanical system subject matter expert and collaborate with design and construction team to ensure reliable system design and operation
  • Manage system start-up and handover process post construction and commissioning
  • Develop and successfully implement operational procedures, alarm management, capacity and demand management, maintenance planning and execution, safe practices are followed, best practices are shared and implemented among the facilities teams
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts within the team in terms of production, cost, efficiency, reliability, quality, 5S, and environmental issues Requirements
    • BS in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering preferred
    • 5 plus years building HVAC and hydronic system experience
    • Leadership experience with at least 2 direct reports preferred
    • Advanced knowledge of rotating equipment, including centrifugal pumps and fans, compressors
    • Advanced knowledge of water-cooled chiller plants, including cooling towers and heat exchangers
    • Experience with mechanical system full project cycle, including developing design basis, development of sequence of operations, commissioning sequence planning, system testing and startup
    • Must be well versed in root cause analysis methodologies, failure mode analysis and SPC
    • Ability to work effectively in a high-pressure environment and under adverse conditions
    • Effective verbal and written communications skills along with strong attention to detail, flexibility, and prioritization
    • Professional Engineering license preferred

Keywords: Tesla, Austin , Lead Facilities Mechanical Engineer, Engineering , Austin, Texas

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