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Mechanical Design Engineer - Powertrain and Electrified Vehicle System Integration Job

Date: Nov 16, 2021

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR





Kenworth Division of PACCAR has an immediate opening for a Design Engineer – Powertrain and Electrified Vehicle System Integration to join our Engineering team in Kirkland, WA.



 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.




Position Summary


Kenworth is expanding its Powertrain team to include integration of electrified powertrains as well as advanced diesel powertrains. We are looking to add engineers to the team that are knowledgeable in vehicle powertrain integration and have experience or the desire to gain experience in electric powertrain design. Our ideal candidates will be motivated to contribute to a new generation of vehicles at Kenworth and PACCAR globally.

This position is within the Zero Emissions Engineering Department at Kenworth. Responsibilities will include requirements definition, investigative, development, coordination, and implementation activities.  The team will interface with other teams at PACCAR developing other related systems and represent North American vehicle requirements in our global organization.


Job Functions / Responsibilities


  • Define requirements for, evaluate, design, and select powertrain and cooling systems appropriate for PACCAR diesel, BEV, and other alternative power source vehicles.
  • Define integration requirements and lead the implementation into medium and heavy duty trucks
  • Lead benchmarking activities, technology evaluation, and participate in development of validation standards for responsible systems
  • Drive chosen supplier partners to meet program schedules and milestones
  • Support efforts with lead teams at other PACCAR divisions to ensure successful global launches PACCAR vehicles. Includes interfacing with PACCAR Technical Center, Peterbilt, DAF, and PACCAR purchasing. 
  • Communicate results and progress to team and stakeholders on a regular basis and facilitate technology transfer between PACCAR divisions


Qualifications / Skills


  • BSME or equivalent engineering degree required; Master's Degree and PE license preferred
  • Passion and interest in working on commercial vehicle powertrains, including next generation electrified drivetrains and vehicles
  • Overall product knowledge required; engine, cooling, and transmission system experience preferred
  • Demonstrated prior design experience; project management, and/or design lead experience preferred
  • Experience working within a gated product creation process desired
  • Demonstrated CAD / 3D Modeling experience; Creo preferred
  • Experience with system-level requirements development, component selection, integration, performance, and validation
  • Previously demonstrated resourcefulness, strong technical knowledge, analytical capability, and communication skills.
  • Self-directed with excellent analysis and engineering judgement
  • Collaborative nature, fosters a sense of team across groups and cultures
  • Demonstrated high levels of initiative and innovation
  • Ability to perform in a fast-pace, results-oriented environment, while managing multiple priorities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Up to 20% travel possible


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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