Tesla’s propensity to encounter delays with the launch of its vehicles and features has fostered the word “Elon Time,” humorously referring to the CEO’s habit of being excessively ambitious with its target timetables. But with the business reaching its groove with the construction of their Gigafactories in Shanghai, Berlin, and now, Texas, a new phrase has emerged recently: “The Speed of Elon.”
Quoted by a developer in Travis County, “Speed of Elon” refers to the surprisingly quick progress of a massive project. And as Tesla’s recent job posts suggest, “Elon Speed” seems not only refer to the building of Gigafactory Texas; it also refers to the hiring ramp for the facility. There are 39 vacancies open for Giga Texas as of August 11, 2020, which is very surprising given that ground-level operations are still under way.
A peek at Tesla’s Careers page reveals that, after the plant opens, the electric car manufacturer provides different types of jobs for Giga Texas, with some articles related to construction jobs, and others related to vehicle manufacturing. The Silicon Valley-based EV manufacturer has also posted job listings for the greater Austin area. As noted in a study from KHOU 11, salaries for employees in Gigafactory Texas will start at around $35,000 per annum. The President and CEO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Laura Huffman, explained in a statement the potential benefits to the city.
“We’re looking at construction, engineering, manufacturing, operations, information technology and design. And one of the things that I think is most beneficial to our community about Tesla coming to Austin is that, not only are they going to look for workforce from our community, from people that we have right here, right now, but they’re going be partnering with local educators to make sure that the job training is in place. So we’re going to be building skills in these areas as they build the site and as they hire their teams,” she said.
Tesla’s presence in Del Valle, an underdeveloped portion of southeast Travis County, is poised to become a game-changer for the area’s residents. As noted in an Austin American-Statesman article, the overall annual income within the borders of the Del Valle Independent School District stands at just under $20,000 a year. With this in mind, the starting $35,000 annual salary at Gigafactory Texas may very well be a welcome change for the residents of the city. It is especially noteworthy because Tesla said that about 65 percent of their projected 5,000 factory workers would require unskilled labor.
The “Speed of Elon” visible in the ongoing construction of the company’s Gigafactories in China, Germany and Texas is the result of years of hard work and, to some degree, a line of notable errors. In the past few years, Tesla has learned a lot, and luckily, the company seems to have found a pretty good method to ensure its industry-leading electric vehicle factories are designed in an effective and fast manner. Given Giga Shanghai and Giga Berlin’s success, there seems to be a strong possibility that Giga Texas would be developed in “Elon Speed,” as well.
Reported by Teslarati.
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