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Powertrain Simulation Engineer - Farmington Hills, Michigan Job

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Date: Feb 26, 2018

Location: Farmington Hills, MI, US

Company: PACCAR

Requisition Summary

This position is located within the Advanced Powertrain organization at PTC and involves developing and applying simulation tools to support powertrain development. Responsibilities include development of next-generation electrified powertrain systems and engines for on-road truck applications. This includes analysis and optimization of advanced technologies for PACCAR’s integrated powertrain.  Additional responsibilities include interfacing with truck divisions (Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF).  The person will also work with external research and engineering organizations that are partnered with 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 premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates 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

The PACCAR Technical Center provides engineering excellence to the truck, engine, and winch divisions of PACCAR Inc through innovative product development and testing.This position is located in located in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Simulate and evaluate advanced heavy-duty vehicle powertrain concepts
  • Develop and correlate 1-D simulations of vehicles with electrified powertrains
  • Optimize electrified powertrain designs
  • Optimize vehicle energy management strategies
  • Develop and correlate 1-D engine simulations
  • Optimize engine mechanics, flows, and performance
  • Communicate results and recommendations to team and stakeholders on a regular basis
  • Cooperate with cross-divisional counterparts
  • Keep abreast of emerging technologies, tools, and methods
  • Work with the team to facilitate technology transfer to relevant PACCAR divisions



  • 5 years experience in 1D simulation, preferably applied to heavy duty vehicle systems
  • Strong background in powertrain simulation and development
  • Background in powertrain controls
  • Background in simulation of diesel engines
  • In-depth knowledge of 1-D simulation tools (e.g. GT-Power, AVL Cruise).
  • Demonstrated skills and experience correlating 1D models with experimental data
  • Previously demonstrated strong technical knowledge, analysis, and communication skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, be a self-starter and have demonstrated high levels of initiative and innovation.



  • Experience with Mathworks Simulink modeling and co-simulation with other 1D packages
  • Knowledge of design optimization tools
  • Experience with turbocharger matching


Masters or Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Engineering Physics

Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

Job Segment: Engineer, Product Development, Physics, Engineering, Research, Science, Automotive

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