Hires ramp up at Tesla gigafactory, though experts say it’s just the start

Tesla archive photo (AP Photo / David Zalubowski, file)

AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) – Hiring efforts are intensifying for Tesla Inc.’s future vehicle manufacturing plant east of Austin.

Tesla had nearly 315 job descriptions published on its website per post hour, which is up several dozen from the end of last month. Each description likely represents more than one job posting, and the positions listed on Tesla’s website fell into a wide range of categories, such as engineering, manufacturing, finance, human resources, design and construction of facilities.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-Based electric vehicle maker is expected to begin production at the end of the year, and local economics experts have said Tesla’s recent surge in talent scouting is expected. An even bigger wave of job creation will likely hit the metro in a few months when production begins, said Ed Latson, executive director of the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association.

The automaker has chosen the Austin area as the site for its next gigafactory in the summer of 2020, which is expected to employ at least 5,000 workers. The new plant will build Tesla’s Cybertruck model, and it will also be the second US plant for the Model Y small SUV.

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