Controls Engineer-Advanced Development, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Job

Date: May 21, 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.


We require a Controls Systems owner (CSO) who has experience and a good understanding of electrified powertrain physics. This person will be responsible for coordinating control system algorithm development, integration, build and test of controls. As we build prototype vehicles, responsibilities will also include field test data analysis, complex system/component level trouble shooting and a hand in complete vehicle testing.  The successful candidate will also liaise with International external research and engineering partners to PACCAR inc.



Job Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Be the Controls system owner and leader within the Fuel Cell EV truck Engineering team.
  • Coordinate specialist and external groups in the process of control strategy definition and documentation.
  • Champion the full suite of Design for Six Sigma tools.
  • 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 vehicle assembly plants.
  • Work closely with multiple PACCAR divisions.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with mechanical engineers, manufacturing engineers and other professionals to ensure a right-first-time heavy duty truck market launch.
  • Manage multiple priorities and goals simultaneously.
  • Travel up to 10%.



Qualifications & Skills:

  • Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field; P.E. license preferred.
  • Background in control system design, signal processing, PID loops and dynamic system modeling.
  • Understanding of automotive Class 8 communication protocols (J1939, CAN, KWP-2000, UDS).
  • Be able to demonstrate experience with 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 interpersonal 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 $ 89,900 - $140,600 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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