Mechanical Engineer - Chassis Development

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Date: Apr 1, 2024

Location: Denton, TX, US, 76205-7864

Company: PACCAR

Company Information

PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks. 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 designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines and also provides customized financial services, information technology and truck parts related to its principal business.
Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!

Division Information

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.

This position is based at Peterbilt’s Division Office in Denton, Texas, where we have been headquartered since 1980. In Denton, we have manufactured, supported, and distributed over 1 million trucks. Our employees take great pride in our products. We are recognized as a premier employer and valued partner in the local community.

Requisition Summary

The Mechanical Design Engineer will be responsible for engineering investigation, research, design, development and analysis of chassis structures, suspension, steering, and axle components within the Chassis Development group at Peterbilt Division Headquarters in Denton, Texas. 


Duties involve working on new development programs, employing innovative skills to evolve ideas from concepts to implementation, current production design & support, factory process improvements, and field service & warranty projects. 


Additional duties include providing engineering assistance, assembly / system design, root cause analysis, problem definition and resolution, training and other engineering duties supporting various aspects of expedited programs. 


Additional tasks include completion of design for six sigma documentation in assigned phases of project, tracking costs and applying standard engineering techniques with minimal supervision, occasionally requiring independent evaluation. 


Hiring level for this position will be dependent upon education and experience.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Identify and initiate designs of a complex nature and conduct necessary research incidental to design.
  • Complete design projects through the processes of planning, concept development, calculation and design analysis, packaging studies, design, testing, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Use knowledge and skills in Windchill and Creo to create CAD models and drawings.
  • Apply knowledge of stress analysis and FEA.
  • Apply knowledge of various materials and manufacturing processes for components used in vehicle chassis.
  • Apply knowledge of GD&T principles.
  • Develop and support FMEA, DVP&R, and other aspects of DFSS.
  • Support sourcing process and manage supplier activities related to design and manufacture of components.
  • Coordinate and complete projects and design efforts with other engineering groups, departments, and divisions within the company, such as PACCAR Technical Center, DAF, Kenworth, and the PACCAR Engine Company.
  • Prepare engineering activity status reports and other detailed reporting as directed. 
  • Identify, prioritize, and coordinate resolution of production, production control, warranty, and quality assurance issues as appropriate using a proactive approach.
  • Apply a proactive approach to defining issues and reaching early resolution and consensus.
  • Act in a professional manner in all contacts with external and internal customers.
  • Occasional travel.


  • Knowledge of and/or experience in heavy truck assembly, components, and systems is preferred.
  • Previous design experience of parts and assemblies is preferred.
  • Knowledge of component analysis and validation techniques will be given preference.
  • Knowledge of chassis structure and suspensions, layouts and system design will be given preference.
  • Proficiency with computer applications for project management, word processing, and spreadsheets.
  • Excellent communication (verbal/written) and presentation skills desirable with strong, effective interpersonal abilities.
  • Ability to learn quickly, easily adapt to change, and a desire to solve complex technical problems.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field is required. 

General Description of 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 Board 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 LGBTQ+ Advocate support group.



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