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Elon Musk: Tesla hiring 10,000-plus employees for Austin, Texas Gigafactory

Tesla’s next Gigafactory needs workers and a college degree isn’t required for many positions.

The Cybertruck is one of the vehicles that will be manufactured at the Texas Gigafactory.

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The Cybertruck is one of the vehicles that will be manufactured at the Texas Gigafactory.

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Elon Musk is once again using his Twitter account to hawk for new employees. On Wednesday evening, he tweeted, “Over 10,000 people are needed for Giga Texas just through 2022!”

The day before, Musk announced via Twitter that SpaceX would be hiring “several thousand” employees in the Brownsville/South Padre area of Texas to work at the SpaceX launch facility in the Boca Chica community. The jobs in the Brownsville/South Padre area will consist of engineers, technicians, builders and essential support personnel.

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The factory that Musk is referring to as Giga Texas is a $1.1 billion plant that is set to open in the fourth quarter of this year. It will manufacture Tesla Model Y and Model 3 cars for east coast deliveries, and the long awaited Tesla Cybertruck and Tesla Semi, according to CNET’s Sean Szymkowski

Musk calls each Tesla plant a “Gigafactory” and the name has taken off in the industry. The Texas Gigafactory will be Tesla’s fifth worldwide.


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Some of the job postings support earlier reports that the new Gigafactory will build batteries on site to boost the integration of Tesla’s supply chain. 

Bloomberg reported on documents Tesla filed in Texas between July and September last year as part of a 188-page air-quality permit application that said, “The facility is proposing to operate a cell-manufacturing unit to produce the battery packs that are installed in the vehicle.” The application was filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

No college degree required for some Tesla jobs

As Musk himself retweeted from @AustinTeslaClub, college degrees are not required for many of the jobs at Tesla. Current openings at the Texas Gigafactory include an IT manufacturing support technician, which requires at least five years of experience, but has no degree requirement, and a construction foreman, with requirements of a degree or “exceptional experience in the field of civil engineering or construction management.”

There’s also a job posting for a battery manufacturing engineering manager, and the job ad cautions, “The Tesla Battery Module Manufacturing Engineering Team is not for the faint of heart, after all, changing the world isn’t easy.” The ad says the manager will “create, develop, and take on responsibility for state-of-the-art manufacturing processes for one of the most complex and challenging components of the electric car—our next generation of Battery Modules.”

Other jobs include an architectural designer, an automation controls engineer, a senior software engineer and an ironworker.

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