Senior Materials Engineer, Paint & Polymers

Fremont, CA, USA | Tesla Motors

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    10-12 years
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The team is seeking a Polymer Materials Engineer to focus on the fundamental, first principles relationships between paint materials, processes, and appearance.This position will be partnered with our current Paint Materials Engineer to align our paint materials development efforts with future paint manufacturing and process strategies.


Fill the role as our subject matter expert for paint systems processing and optimization.

Support on-going material application processes for metal pre-treatment, e-coat, top-coat, and powder coats both within Tesla and at vendors.

Provide technical support to the quality and manufacturing teams with respect to processing issues.

Support process validation for all new coating processes.

Establish first principles relationships between every process stop and final paint appearance.

Work with suppliers and Tesla manufacturing teams to develop new paint processing technologies that reduce energy consumption, capital equipment expenses, and floor space requirements.Lead these efforts from concept to production.


Polymer, Coatings or Materials Engineering degree.Advanced degrees or equivalent experience preferred

Fundamental knowledge of polymers and polymer chemistry

10 years + experience working with paint application processes.

Must possess a comprehensive knowledge of paint application processes

Experience in managing process optimization, paint shop upgrades and modifications

Experience with standard analytical tools (FTIR, DSC, Rheometry, DMA, etc.)

Thorough knowledge of paint processing fundamentals.

Strong communication and organizational skills with ability to manage projects independently