Tesla is on the cusp of opening up a crash lab in Austin and has started hiring positions for the new location.
According to a post on Linkedin last week by one of the company’s recruiters, the automaker is looking for multiple positions for their Passive Safety Crash Test Lab based in Austin, Texas. (via Electrek)
For instance, the Senior Passive Safety Crash Test Engineer job description is:
As a Crash Test Engineer, you will work as a member of Tesla’s Passive Safety test team primarily based in Austin, TX. The main objective of this role is to conduct crash testing required to develop vehicle components, vehicle restraint systems, vehicle sensing strategies, as well as to conduct regulatory and consumer rating tests to evaluate current and future vehicle designs. In this position you will coordinate testing execution and be responsible for the physical set up of tests and for all aspects of test preparation, test execution and post-test analysis. You will collaborate closely with test technicians for day-to-day test responsibilities in the crash lab. Working with CAE and product design engineers, you will also be responsible for test request generation, data processing and reporting.
The company is also looking for an Engineering Technician for the same team. Tesla already has a crash test lab in California, but this new lab could add to the testing available for the company. However, there is no word on the specifics nor if the Fremont lab will stay open.
Tesla uses a fair amount of data from vehicles on the road, but like all other automakers, it does need to utilise crash test lab testing for government and routine testing.
The LinkedIn post did not provide any timeline for the lab opening, but if they are hiring, it would not be surprising to see the Austin crash test lab opening sometime in 2023.
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