Controls Engineer-Advanced Development, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Job

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Date: Nov 11, 2023

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

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 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.


Kenworth’s Fuel Cell EV class 8 truck aims to be one of the first mass produced Hydrogen powered, Zero Emission trucks on the North American market. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, high performing team at the forefront of helping America realize the alternatives to fossil fuel burning vehicles for a zero tail pipe emissions future. The Engineering project team at Kenworth, based in Kirkland, WA is leading this activity for the whole PACCAR organization.


Requisition Summary:

The Controls Systems Owner oversees the Software development of the various systems required for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power unit’s integration into Kenworth’s T680 truck. Everything from Torque arbitration, eFan control circuits, retarder strategy, diagnostics, interface controllers etc.


The candidate will be central to design, testing and validation – taking the truck from mature prototype into international Market Launch. Collaborating with Stakeholders at internal and external test facilities, DAF in the Netherlands, our Fuel Cell partners – Toyota, and both Software and Hardware engineering functions in the PACCAR group.


Our Hydrogen Fuel Cell class 8 truck aims to be one of the first volume Zero Emission trucks on the North American market. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, high performing team at the forefront of disruptive Powertrain innovation.




  • Controls systems Leader within the Fuel Cell EV truck Engineering team.
  • Coordinate internal and external groups in the process of control strategy definition and documentation.
  • Champion Design for Six Sigma.
  • Develop complex control strategies using software in the loop, hardware in the loop, and system testing.
  • Leverage internal product development processes to ensure high quality results, manage progress and report updates.
  • Manage implementation of product changes by tracking project schedule, budget, and functional requirements throughout the entire life of the project.
  • Support prototype build and product launch at our vehicle assembly plant (Renton, WA).
  • Work closely with PACCAR divisions.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with Mechanical and Electrical engineers, Manufacturing engineers, and other professionals to ensure a right-first-time #Job 1.
  • Manage multiple priorities and goals simultaneously.
  • Travel potentially up to 10%. Primarily based at our Kirkland, WA Divisional Head Quarters.


Qualifications & Skills:

  • Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field; P.E. license preferred.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in control system design, signal processing, PID loops and dynamic system modeling.
  • Understanding of automotive communication protocols (J1939, CAN, KWP-2000, UDS).
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Vector CANalyzer, ATI calibration tools, and data collection tools.
  • Able to analyze vehicle performance in MATLAB/Simulink via modeling and data analysis.
  • Basic knowledge of Pro/E or other similar solid modeling software.
  • Familiarity with DFSS and project management methods/tools.
  • Manage costs, time and resources and have strong people skills.
  • Fully conversant with MS Office, Power BI, and similar application software.
  • Capable to work under own initiative, project manage the Controls workload, with minimal day-to-day supervision.



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 


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 include wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more  


Additional Job Board Information 

At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for Controls Engineer-Advanced Development, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle is $80,800-$126,000 annually. This position is also eligible for a holiday gift. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above. 

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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