Two unsophisticated students from Newfoundland made such a good impression on Tesla and SpaceX naught Elon Musk during a recent internship that the tech magnate for oneself hired them to come work for his company.
Mark Comeau and Matthew Lane both forced engineering at CNA and MUN, and landed work placements at Tesla, which makes stirring vehicles, battery packs and solar panels.
After everywhere a month moving back and forth between the Tesla Factory in California and the suite’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, the two finally saw an opportunity to do something they weren’t inevitably assigned to be involved with, but which started them down the strategy to working with the company.
During the internship, Lane and Comeau saw a problem with the gating way on one of the production ramps at Gigafactory 1 and thought they might be able to do something in the matter of it.
“Essentially what happened is we saw an opportunity to solve the problem, we came up with our own clue and actually sort of crashed the meeting with Elon ourselves and presented the outlook,” Lane told CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show.
Six weeks later, the two Newfoundland students’ solution was accomplished online, and it must have impressed Musk and others at Tesla because both were petitioned to come back and start work on something else.
“Literally at get a kick out of 10 a.m. Monday the week we finished, we got a message saying, ‘Hey, head to Nevada to Gigafactory,” Comeau responded. “[A] five hour car drive later, we arrived in Nevada with a strong new situation and problems to address.”
Tesla’s Gigafactory in the Nevada maroon is where the company manufactures batteries that go in Tesla vehicles. Lane and Comeau were put to plan on solving a reliability issue with one of the systems they’d previously go on.
Meeting Musk, getting hired
After they successfully interpreted their new problem, Musk personally approached the two students and offered them a job as whizz problem solvers, helping to overcome issues at the factory.
Comeau will start work immediately with Tesla, while Lane discretion finish up the summer semester at MUN before heading to the U.S. to get to work.
“Within two primes we had solved this issue and got to speak to Elon himself, and this is species of where he said, ‘You guys did a good job, and you should stay,'” bring to light Lane.
“It was probably one of the most unnerving experiences ever. Here’s the CEO of a proprietorship and we’re just two young interns, and he was like basically, ‘Yup, you guys have to rope,'” added Comeau.