Mechanical Engineer - Autonomous Vehicle Platform Job

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Date: Nov 20, 2023

Location: Denton, TX, US, 76205-7864

Company: PACCAR

Company Information

PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced power trains, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.


Peterbilt Motors Company

On highways, construction sites, city streets, logging roads - everywhere our customers earn their living - Peterbilt's red oval is a familiar symbol of performance, reliability and pride. Peterbilt has reigned as America's premium quality truck manufacturer since the company's founding in 1939. Our dedication to deliver products and services focused on improving customers' performance, image, profitability and peace of mind truly makes Peterbilt the Class of the Industry.

Requisition Summary

Do you want to help shape the future of Peterbilt and PACCAR?  We are looking for a Mechanical Engineer with interest in developing the systems required to launch an autonomous enabled truck including new designs for Outerbody and Interior Trim Elements, Mechanical Structures, and Electrical Power Distribution.  Duties involve interface with Product Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Management across all PACCAR Divisions to evaluate customer requirements and definition of vehicle level targets that support launching the next generation of autonomous trucks.  Scope of work includes concept development, final design development, validation planning, testing support and launching product into production.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of ADAS Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle Platform (AV-P) systems through the entire product development process from Project Definition to Product Launch.
  • Develop mechanical system concepts to meet vehicle platform requirements and utilize analytical tools to verify a robust design.
  • Utilize DFMEA and DVP tools to mitigate system design risk throughout the concept, design, and validation phases of the program.
  • Create and maintain up-to-date project schedules and develop mitigation plans as needed to meet program milestones.
  • Effectively manage relationships with the autonomous partner and suppliers to ensure information flows smoothly and issues are proactively addressed.
  • Coordinate regularly during the development process with other PACCAR engineering teams including Embedded software engineering, PACCAR Innovation Center (PIC), and PACCAR Technical Center (PTC).
  • Coordinate regularly during the development process with cross-functional groups including Product Planning, Purchasing, Manufacturing, and PACCAR Parts.
  • Act in a professional manner in all contacts with external and internal customers.
  • Some travel may be required.

Qualification & Skills

  • Strong organizational and documentation skills with the ability to prioritize work effectively
  • Demonstrate ability to handle multiple tasks, ability to learn on the fly, and adapt to change
  • Demonstrate professional and successful communication skills (verbal/written) with strong, effective interpersonal abilities
  • Proactive approach to reconciling issues and reaching consensus
  • Strong overall knowledge of PACCAR vehicles
  • ADAS vehicle experience preferred
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in heavy truck components and systems is preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with CREO / CREO View / Windchill (or similar) required
  • Experience with a Phase Gate development process
  • Knowledge in the use of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) tools


Act with Integrity
Demonstrate Adaptability
Drive for Results
Influence Others
Lead Innovation and Quality Initiatives
Manage Execution
Manage Talent
Use Sound Judgment / Business Acumen
Technical Acumen


Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field is required.

General Description of all Benefits

As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including:

  • 401k with up to a 5% company match
  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement
  • Comprehensive paid time off – minimum of 10 paid vacation days (additional days are provided with additional seniority/years of service), 12 paid holidays, and sick time
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA)
  • Paid short-and long-term disability programs
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • EAP services including wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more

Additional Job Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability corporation. Peterbilt promotes Diversity and Inclusion through mentorship, events, and affinity support groups – The Diversity Council, Peterbilt Women’s Initiative (PBWIN), Veterans Group, Peterbilt Black Organization for Leadership and Development (B.O.L.D) and ADVOCATE (An LGBTQ support group).



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