With the hardships brought on by the unprecedented events this year handed to us, it wasn’t a surprise to see many upcoming vehicles, EV and ICE alike, see delays. This rings true for the Tesla Semi which was originally unveiled in 2017 and planned for low-volume production in late 2020. However, that timeline was later pushed to 2021. This summer, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the Tesla Semi would be produced at Gigafactory Texas in Austin, leaving us to question why Tesla added a new position on its website this week for a manufacturing process engineer at Gigafactory Nevada concerning the Tesla Semi program:
In February, rumors surface that Tesla had started operating out of another giant building. The building in question is right next to Gigafactory Nevada and sources familiar with the matter believe Tesla is planning to use the new building for the production of its all-electric semi truck.
The automaker explains the role they are recruiting for: “A process engineer will implement, develop, and optimize production methodologies in the manufacturing operations of Tesla. This engineer will be responsible for optimizing product flow though the factory though process optimization that may include tool/fixture selection, line layouts, ergonomic study, material presentation, and other relevant factors. He/She will interface with design, test, and quality engineering to solve problems, improve manufacturability, and implement continual improvement. He/She will sustain products with cost reduction and yield improvements. In addition, the process engineer will work with quality to compile and evaluate data to determine appropriate limits and variables for process or material specifications.”
Tesla mentioned how the new hire will work to “help define” the manufacturing process of the trucks: “This production line will help define how Semis are manufactured in Tesla. As such this will require a great deal of hands-on development and troubleshooting and flexibility.”
Furthermore, a recent hint from Tesla’s President of Automotive and the head of the Tesla Semi program, Jerome Guillen, suggested that Tesla would use new prototype semi trucks en route between Gigafactory Nevada and Fremont factories.