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Canada Elon Musk personally hires 2 Newfoundland interns who solved problems at Tesla factory

04:11  16 may  2018
04:11  16 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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After they successfully solved their new problem , Musk personally approached the two students and offered them a job as professional problem solvers , helping to overcome issues at the factory . Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk speaks at the unveiling of the Model 3 at the Tesla Motors design studio

Two young students from Newfoundland made such a good impression on Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a recent internship that the tech magnate

a person standing posing for the camera: MUN engineering students Mark Comeau (left) and Matthew Lane (right) made a big impression on Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently during an internship.© Paula Gale/CBC MUN engineering students Mark Comeau (left) and Matthew Lane (right) made a big impression on Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently during an internship.

Two young students from Newfoundland made such a good impression on Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a recent internship that the tech magnate personally hired them to come work for his company.

Mark Comeau and Matthew Lane both study engineering at Memorial University, and landed work placements at Tesla, which makes electric vehicles, battery packs and solar panels.

After about a month moving back and forth between the Tesla Factory in California and the company's Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, the two finally saw an opportunity to do something they weren't necessarily assigned to be involved with, but which started them down the path to working with the company.

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After successfully resolving their new problem , Musk personally came across the two students and offered them a job as a professional problem solver , which helped overcome problems at "Within two days we had solved the problem and had to talk to Elon himself, and this is nice where he said

After they successfully solved their new problem , Musk personally approached the two students and offered them a job as professional problem solvers , helping to overcome issues at the factory . Comeau will start work immediately with Tesla , while Lane will finish up the summer semester at MUN

a man holding a sign: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., left, discusses the company's Gigafactory on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.© Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., left, discusses the company's Gigafactory on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

During the internship, Lane and Comeau saw a problem with the gating system on one of the production ramps at Gigafactory 1 and thought they might be able to do something about it.

"Essentially what happened is we saw an opportunity to solve the problem, we came up with our own idea and actually sort of crashed the meeting with Elon ourselves and presented the idea," Lane told CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show .

a car parked on the side of a road: Tesla Inc. designs and manufactures electric vehicles, charging stations, battery packs and more.© Sam Mircovich/Reuters Tesla Inc. designs and manufactures electric vehicles, charging stations, battery packs and more.

Six weeks later, the two Newfoundland students' solution was brought online, and it must have impressed Musk and others at Tesla because both were asked to come back and start work on something else.

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Then turn around and solve problems in an entirely different type of factory that is as far away from Elon did say they were having a hackathon to fix problems on the two major bottleneck robots the So to have 2 "Newfies" fix problems at a high tech enterprise like Tesla is both a bit of pride and a bit

SupportTwo young students from Newfoundland made such a good impression on Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a recent internship that the tech magnate personally hired them to come work for his company.

"Literally at like 10 a.m. Monday the week we finished, we got a message saying, 'Hey, head to Nevada to Gigafactory," Comeau said. "[A] five hour car drive later, we arrived in Nevada with a whole new situation and problems to address."

a close up of a device: The Tesla Gigafactory is shown under construction outside Reno, Nevada May 9, 2015.© James Glover II/Reuters The Tesla Gigafactory is shown under construction outside Reno, Nevada May 9, 2015.

Tesla's Gigafactory in the Nevada desert is where the company manufactures batteries that go in Tesla vehicles. Lane and Comeau were put to work on solving a reliability issue with one of the systems they'd previously worked on.

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After they successfully solved their new problem, Musk personally approached the two students and offered them a job as professional problem solvers, helping to overcome issues at the factory.

a close up of a car: Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk speaks at the unveiling of the Model 3 at the Tesla Motors design studio in Hawthorne, Calif.© Justin Pritchard/Associated Press Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk speaks at the unveiling of the Model 3 at the Tesla Motors design studio in Hawthorne, Calif.

Comeau will start work immediately with Tesla, while Lane will finish up the summer semester at MUN before heading to the U.S. to get to work.

"Within two days we had solved this issue and got to speak to Elon himself, and this is kind of where he said, 'You guys did a good job, and you should stay,'" said Lane.

"It was probably one of the most unnerving experiences ever. Here's the CEO of a company and we're just two young interns, and he was like basically, 'Yup, you guys have to stay,'" added Comeau.

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