Mechanical Engineering Student Troubleshoots for Tesla on Co-op
Jakub Bzura looks at a Tesla on the road a little differently than most.
“My instinct is to check the panel gaps and look for serial numbers to see if I remember any of them,” he says.
Bzura, a senior Mechanical Engineering student, conducted his first co-op with Tesla in Fremont, California this past spring and he is currently on his second co-op at the Tesla in Reno, Nevada.
As a quality engineer in Fremont, Bzura was asked to find, analyze, and reduce the deviations of different parts of a car that might significantly influence the assembly.
In Reno, he is a battery pack manufacturing engineer, working on designing manufacturing lines.
“I enjoyed quality engineering, but I wanted to try different things,” he says.
At the beginning of his co-op at Tesla, Bzura was challenged by the ambiguous nature of his role. He was given a lot of space to work creatively but sometimes was unsure whether he went about his work in the way the company anticipated.
“At Tesla, people are not necessary going to tell you how to do things. They give you a problem and they want a solution. How you get from A to Z and anything in between, is really up to you,” he says.
Bzura was immediately placed into hands-on projects. He says that he learned from colleagues that “there is no problem too big.”
“A lot of teams that feel like they are understaffed and unequipped can really do amazing things when they put their mind into it,” he says. “That’s quite evident in Tesla.”
With Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, Bzura says working on his projects is “definitely rewarding.”
“When you devote enough time and energy to something it becomes a part of you. When you bring it to completion and you see it's making a difference in the bigger picture, it feels good,” he says.
Bzura said he never imagined before that he could get an offer from Tesla.
“It was an awesome day,” Bzura said.
He believed his previous internship experience and the resume improved by his Wentworth co-op advisor helped a lot. During the Tesla interview, he was asked very detailed and technical questions including about different material properties that are associated with the job position.
“They are looking for specific levels of responsibility,” he says. “People who carried through the entire project and stuck to a problem eventually solved it.”