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Controls Engineer-Advanced Development, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Job

Date: Nov 27, 2022

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

This position is within the Advanced Development Team at Kenworth and involves defining next-generation electrified powertrains. We are looking for Controls Engineer who has experience, understanding, and intuition for the physics of electrified powertrains for heavy duty trucks. This person will be responsible for control system algorithm development, integration, build and test of controls. Responsibilities will also include field test data analysis, complex system/component level trouble shooting and bench/dyno/vehicle testing.  The successful candidate 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 high-quality light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes 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!


Kenworth Truck Company:

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids. Kenworth is the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products.



Job Functions / Responsibilities:


  • Participate in the definition, development and validation of electrified powertrains for heavy-duty trucks.
  • Work in a collaborative small-team environment to explore and evaluate advanced vehicle technologies.
  • Be the lead person responsible for the concept, design and implementation of controls architecture and coding to support advanced technologies projects.
  • Develop complex control strategies for various heavy duty applications using software in the loop, hardware in the loop, and system testing.
  • System modeling of complex heavy duty vehicle components including thermal modeling, fluid flow modeling, system integration, simulation, analysis, laboratory testing and validation.
  • Build new software and calibrations and validate for production release.
  • Gain and apply broad product knowledge to implement new technologies to meet changing requirements in the heavy-duty truck market.
  • Work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with internal and external organizations to explore and test future technologies.
  • Leverage internal product development processes and Six Sigma skills to ensure high quality results, manage progress and report updates.


Qualifications & Skills:


  • 4-year degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field; Master’s degree in business or engineering and P.E. certificate are preferred
  • Background in control system design, signal processing, PID loops, dynamic system modeling, and experience in applying these disciplines to heavy duty commercial truck systems
  • 3+ years of experience in MATLAB/Simulink/Stateflow based controls development, code generation, debugging, unit test, integration, and systems test
  • 3+ years of experience with Vector Canalyzer, ATI calibration tools, and data collection tools
  • Understanding of automotive Class 8 communication protocols (J1939, CAN, KWP-2000, UDS)
  • Capable of analyzing vehicle performance in MATLAB/Simulink via modeling and data analysis
  • Basic knowledge of Pro/E or other similar solid modeling software
  • Familiarity with project management methods and tools
  • Candidate should be willing to make use of engineering processes and techniques and be resourceful in solving complex technical problems
  • Ability to manage costs, time and resources; strong communication skills.



Why work for PACCAR/Kenworth?

  • 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.

  • Support and/or design the commercial vehicles of the future with a focus on emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous trucks

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans for you and your family.

  • Paid Time Off – vacation, paid holidays, and sick leave.

  • 401k with 100% company match, AND a company-paid pension plan after 5 years.

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education – eligible after 1 year of service.


Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR promotes equal employment opportunities by implementing policies and practices that ensure employees and applicants are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status or other legally protected status. This applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, termination, rates of pay, and other conditions of employment.

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