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Craftsmanship Internship Spring 2023

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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. Instead of going on coffee runs and making copies, our interns have a seat at the table and make critical decisions that will influence not only their team, but the overall achievement of Tesla’s mission.
What You’ll Do 

About The Team

Craftsmanship is the perception of quality that a customer has about a product, derived through sight, touch, sound, and scent. The Tesla Craftsmanship team is responsible for ensuring that all Tesla products have the highest level of perceived quality so they are utterly compelling in the store, and provide a faultless experience during use.

How do we do it? At the early stages we work with the Product Management teams to quantify the required product content, the Design Studio to identify and resolve any issues relating to the concept, the Engineering and Dimensional teams to develop achievable, world-class gap and flush targets, and the Manufacturing and Quality teams to identify and prioritize issues during pre-production and launch.

Unique aspects of an internship in the Craftsmanship team include:

Broad vehicle exposure – We get involved in the design and engineering of all customer-facing systems, from seats to interior trim to exterior systems. Embedded in the Engineering team, this broad exposure makes for a huge variety in projects, cross-functional interaction, an ability to have a broad impact to the end product, and accelerates understanding of the design detail of multiple systems across the vehicle.

Target Setting, Communication and Validation – We set measurable engineering targets that will deliver world-class craftsmanship through competitor vehicle benchmarking and data analysis; validate those targets through physical models, mockups, and using digital visualization tools; communicate and negotiate those targets with the wider Engineering and Studio teams, ensuring that they are achievable; and support the Engineering and Manufacturing teams in meeting those targets.

Quantification of Customer Feeling – Much of what the Craftsmanship team does is turning subjective customer perception into objective engineering targets by quantifying the premium look, sound, or feel of a system, and identifying all the sensory inputs that will deliver a “wow” experience. For instance, the premium feeling of an armrest that is not too soft or hard, not too thick or thin is quantified with an engineering specification graph that defines force and deflection.
What You’ll Bring 

§  Attained or studying to attain a mechanical engineering, industrial design, or product design degree

§  Strong  communication and influencing skills

§  An inherent attention to detail and an understanding of the factors that create a perception of exceptional quality in the mind of the consumer

§  An understanding of the fundamentals of good design and user experience, as well as the engineering fundamentals that facilitate delivery of the design

§  An appreciation for the impact and contribution to dimensional variation in assemblies

§  Some understanding of statistical analysis would be advantageous

§  An appreciation of how subjective data can be measured or quantified to develop robust, representative Craftsmanship targets

§  Good level of numeracy, literacy and logical reasoning skills
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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