Vehicle Systems Engineer-Software Definition Job

Date: Sep 14, 2023

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!


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

Software Definition Vehicle Systems group is responsible for the definition, design, and development of PACCAR’s continuously improving vehicle functionality. This position will be responsible to define software requirements across a wide range of technological advancements, including EVs and L2/L4 ADAS. We are looking for a team player who will be tasked with working with several other areas of engineering between different NA, EU, and Australia Paccar divisions.

The Systems Engineer will lead the concept architecture and requirements development for systems related to commercial EVs, Automated Driving (L2+) and Autonomous (L4) trucks being developed at PACCAR Inc. They will develop deep knowledge related to their system and be considered the technical expert for system feature requirements and function design. The utilization of 'systems level thinking' will be key in this role. We are looking for a highly energetic and creative thinker with attention to detail. We are looking for someone who can work with a high-performance team to manage the technology and process to ensure timely delivery of their function definition.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Lead all aspects of systems development such as requirements definition, analysis and development of their applicable system
  • Implement new feature and functions.
  • Build Control Function Architecture with assistance from architecture team
  • Create and maintain applicable system/subsystem/component software specifications in IBM DOORS / DOORS Next Generation (DNG)
  • Lead/participate in software peer reviews and Functional Safety to ensure compliance to requirements
  • Provide technical leadership for sophisticated technology development

Job Functions / Responsibilities Continued

  • Collaborate with other System Engineers and subject matter experts to define and negotiate key functional and performance requirements
  • Root cause all applicable system related issues during testing and validation
  • Ensure work is completed as per the milestones with excellence
  • Responsible for compliance with PACCAR Inc. processes and safety procedures
  • Represent the team globally as a key partner to the product
  • Support and/or lead activities for customer outreach and education in these technologies and their respective use cases

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related technical degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with automotive or similar electronic modules and/or systems engineering
  • Experience with requirement management tools such as DOORS, DNG, JAMA etc.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications
  • High level of oral and written communication skills and basic project management skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with colleagues local and at remote sites
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • Strong technical leadership skills and able to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • Creative, disciplined, strong sense of responsibility, delivery, and schedule commitment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree
  • Understanding of major automotive vehicle systems such as Advanced Driver-Assistance (ADAS), Motion Control, Automotive Network, and Powertrain
  • Experience in writing and comprehending software and hardware requirements and interfaces
  • Design/Development of safety critical systems/components (ISO26262)
  • Experience in automotive product release and specification process
  • Experience using Matlab/Simulink for building low resolution prototypes.


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

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 ADVOCATE (An LGBTQ support group).

Why work for PACCAR/Peterbilt?

  • Competitive salary, 401k with a 5% match, AND a company paid Pension Plan after 5 years of service.
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans for you and your family.
  • Comprehensive Paid Time Off – Vacation, Paid Holidays, and Sick Leave.
  • Tuition Reimbursement for continued education – eligible after 1 year of service.
  • Global Fortune 500 Company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities.
  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their fields.


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