Tesla Inc is recruiting engineers from Mexico to work on robotics and other automated equipment at its California factory, according to LinkedIn postings, part of a hiring push to ready the plant for mass production of the Model 3.
The electric automaker aims to build 500,000 cars a year by next year at its plant in Fremont, California. That would be a six-fold increase from last year.
A recruiting poster published on LinkedIn by Tesla senior technical recruiter David Johnson listed 15 types of engineers the company would be seeking at a recruiting event from Friday to Monday next week in Monterrey, Mexico.
The Silicon Valley automaker is under the gun to accelerate production and save money as it readies for volume production of the Model 3 in September.
The company’s future profitability hinges on its success, and high hopes for the mass-market vehicle have helped push Tesla shares up 47 percent since January.
Mexico boasts a substantial pool of manufacturing engineers, with 19 automotive plants owned by global automakers including General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Volkswagen AG.
Johnson wrote in a post that he hoped to interview manufacturing and mechanical engineers with experience in “Body in White” manufacturing — the stage of assembly in which sheet metal components are welded together to make up the outer frame of the car.
“We are looking for controls, robotic and weld engineers!” another Tesla employee, Dominik Knapp, wrote on his LinkedIn page.
Tesla has been hiring in the past few months for assembly-line jobs at the Fremont plant, but finding manufacturing engineers, who are in even shorter supply than software engineers in Silicon Valley, is a tougher challenge.
Doug Patton, president of SAE International, a professional association of automotive engineers, said Tesla’s search for engineers in Mexico underscored a dearth of talent in the industry.
“There are many more jobs than engineers; this is an engineering problem across the board,” he said.
US automakers and suppliers sometimes bring employees from Mexican plants to the US for short-term assignments, but Patton said he had not heard of any company recruiting on a “wholesale basis” as Tesla appears to be doing.
POOR INTERNAL CONTROLS: Insurance Bureau Director-General Shih Chiung-hwa said the company is expected to get back on track while its chairman is suspended The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) yesterday fined Shin Kong Life Insurance Co (新光人壽) NT$27.6 million (US$939,415) for a reckless investment that endangered its solvency, and suspended its chairman Eugene Wu (吳東進) for poor supervision. The penalty is the second-highest in a single case after Nan Shan Life Insurance Co (南山人壽) was fined NT$30 million in September last year and its chairman Du Ying-tzyong (杜英宗) suspended for two years, the commission said. In three rounds of special and regular examinations conducted since last year, the commission found that Shin Kong Life had given too much power to an asset and liability management committee
Nano-X Imaging Ltd, a start-up founded by Israeli investor Ran Poliakine, is joining forces with South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix Inc to build a machine that could disrupt a century-old X-ray industry. Valued at about US$2 billion after listing on the NASDAQ last month, Nano-X is seeking to transform a multibillion-dollar industry that has essentially relied on the same technology since Nobel Prize in Physics winner Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays in the late 19th century. Nano-X’s device uses semiconductors instead of metal filaments to generate X-rays. The backing of SK Hynix, the world’s second-largest maker of memory chips, is a boost for
Continental AG, which makes control units for Daimler AG cars, cannot pursue antitrust claims against a group of patent owners, including Qualcomm Inc, which are seeking royalties on telecommunications technology, a federal judge in Texas ruled. Avanci LLC, a licensing pool formed by Qualcomm, Nokia Oyj, Sharp Corp and other owners of patents on technology standards, is not breaching antitrust laws when it negotiates license agreements with automakers rather than the component makers, Barbara Lynn, chief district judge for the Northern District of Texas, said in dismissing the suit in a decision posted on Friday. The licensing group charges US$15 per vehicle
Sony Corp has cut its estimated Play Station 5 (PS5) production for this fiscal year by 4 million units, down to about 11 million, following production issues with its custom-designed system-on-chip (SOC) for the new console, people familiar with the matter said. The Tokyo-based electronics giant in July boosted orders with suppliers in anticipation of heightened demand for gaming in the holiday season and beyond, as people spend more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the company has come up against manufacturing issues, such as production yields as low as 50 percent for its SOC, which have cut into