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Panasonic Mechanical Engineer (Experienced) in Sparks, Nevada

Mechanical Engineer

Job Summary:

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is seeking ambitious engineers to lead the world’s largest lithium ion battery initiative. With the superior battery designs and the fastest manufacturing lines in the world, Panasonic is producing millions of batteries per day in the Gigafactory to support Tesla’s electric vehicle and power wall businesses. Panasonic invites you to join us in this ongoing, full-scale effort to electrify our society. At PENA, engineers quickly become experts in the fundamentals of lithium-ion cell technology and leaders who work with the manufacturing teams to integrate that understanding with high speed, automated manufacturing methods to produce the highest performance and quality lithium ion batteries.

Essential Duties:

  • Conduct research and development work for new and existing production lines to improve safety, quality and productivity of battery manufacturing.

  • Study the current process to design new components for the manufacturing lines.

  • Use engineering tools to improve and redesign components on manufacturing lines.

  • Follow engineering change standards to test and implement mechanical improvements to production lines.

  • Interface with battery and equipment development teams to develop, qualify and launch new production lines and new battery models.

  • Work with other department to execute projects to reduce loss and improve quality.

  • Develop and implement IoT and robotic systems to accelerate on-going efforts towards Industry 4.0.

  • Provide engineering support to production teams to resolve manufacturing process issues.

  • Analyze operating procedures and functions of equipment and machinery to reduce time and loss of manufacturing processes.

  • Work closely with other team members to understand failure modes and improve battery performance and life expectancy.

  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications: Requirements - Required and/or Preferred


  • B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Evidence of exceptional ability. Panasonic follows a culture of full-cycle engineering where members will have full responsibility and accountability for their projects from start to finish. We are looking for the best of the best.

  • 3+ years of experience in a mechanical engineering or manufacturing engineering role.

  • Experience performing engineering functions and responsibilities in a manufacturing environment.

  • Ability and proficiency in collecting, analyzing, and presenting data.

  • Able to manage multiple concurrent tasks in a fast-paced environment, effectively prioritize work, and deliver quality results.

  • Self-starter who works well independently and an outstanding ability to follow up with minimal direction and will focus on team success.

  • A strong work ethic with a “get the job done” approach who consistently delivers excellent customer service, both internally and externally.

  • Intuitive, adaptable, creative, and collaborative with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with control strategy, PLC, and sensor/actuator relationships is a plus.

  • Experience interfacing to databases, information management and reporting applications used for MES/SCADA systems is preferred.

  • Experience with mechanical part design and improvement.

  • Experience with various types of industrial piping, pumps, valves, and sensors is preferred.

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA or equivalent.

  • Proficiency with CFD or FEA simulations.

  • Experience working in machine shops and fabricating machine parts.

  • Familiar with six sigma methodologies and tools.

Physical Demands:

  • Stand for extended amounts of time.

  • Walk extensively around the factory (our building is 5.5 million square feet; you will definitely get your steps in!)

  • Required to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) such as but not limited to; hard hat, respirator, gloves, eye protection, steel toe boots, etc.

About Us:

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla Motors, Inc. in a largescale advanced battery manufacturing facility known as the Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. Panasonic manufactures and supplies cylindrical lithium-ion cells for the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla Motors, Inc. Based on the battery demand from Tesla, the Gigafactory is producing cells which will double the world’s current production.

Our mission at PENA is to make the vision of affordable Electric Vehicles a reality by production of the world’s safest, highest-quality, and lowest-cost batteries. Through this effort we will create a clean energy society and our products will change society’s use of and perceptions of electric power.

In addition to an environment that is as innovative as our products, we offer competitive compensation and benefits. Panasonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information:

Pre-employment drug testing is required. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. without restriction. Panasonic Energy of North America does not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Energy of North America.