Power Systems Testing Internship (Spring 2023)
Palo Alto, CA 
Posted 4 days ago
Job/Internship Description
Power Systems Testing Internship (Spring 2023)
Job CategoryEnergy - Solar & Storage
LocationPalo Alto, California
Req. ID136474
Job TypeIntern/Apprentice

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What to Expect

Disclaimer: This position is expected to start around January 2023 and continue through the entire Winter/Spring term (i.e. through April/May) or into early Summer 2023 if available. We ask for a minimum of 12 weeks, full-time, for most internships. Please consider before applying.
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Internship Program at Tesla
The Internship Recruiting Team is driven by the passion to recognize and develop emerging talent. Our year-round program places the best students in positions where they will grow technically, professionally, and personally through their experience working closely with their Manager, Mentor, and team. We are dedicated to providing an experience that allows the intern to experience life at Tesla by including them in projects that are critical to their team's success. Instead of going on coffee runs and making copies, our interns have a seat at the table and make critical decisions that will influence not only their team, but the overall achievement of Tesla's mission.
About the team

Tesla Energy Projects team is looking for a highly motivated individual who is excited about solving real-life issues around renewables integration. As an intern in this position, you will have an opportunity to work with a real time controller hardware-in-the-loop (CHIL) supporting project specific testing and power system model validation/benchmarking.

What You'll Do


  • Use a variety of commercial and in-house software to run tests, analyze data, and troubleshoot (SEL Quickset, SEL RTAC, Pcan explorer, SSH shell, Typhoon HIL, Matlab)
  • Design signal, power, and communication cabinet wiring to integrate new equipment into CHIL tester (in-house control boards, meters, RTAC, third party wind and PV controllers, etc.)
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software issues
  • Write code to integrate equipment into overall test automation platform
  • Write and modify python test automation scripts
  • Post-process and analyze test data
  • Present results and lead discussion in a small group setting.
What You'll Bring


  • Currently working towards a BS, MS, or advanced degree in a relevant engineering program such as Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering
  • Familiarity in a major programming language such as C/C++, Python, Rust, or Java, and strong scripting skills
  • Read, interpret, and diagnose schematics, wiring diagrams, and circuits.
  • Familiarity with Linux environment
  • Good grasp of testing methodology, automation, and modeling concepts
  • Demonstrate good understanding of software fundamentals including software design, algorithm development, data structures, code modularity, and maintainability
  • Background in power systems, renewable energy, or modeling a plus
  • Experience with real time simulation or hardware in the loop testing a plus
  • Ability to work independently; detail-oriented and execution focused

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