Control Systems Architect - Fuel Cell Integration Job

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Date: Feb 23, 2024

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

PACCAR Embedded Engineering organization has an immediate opening for a Control Systems Architect - Fuel Cell Integration to join our team in Kirkland, WA.


Company Information

PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. 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 powertrains, 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!


Organization Information

PACCAR Embedded Engineering is a rapidly expanding organization that is transforming the way control systems and software are developed for commercial vehicle applications. This includes developing the latest vehicle controls, display technology, and autonomous truck solutions that exceed customer expectations. You will collaborate with an international, cross-functional team focused on driving superior technical solutions that maximize customer uptime and operating efficiency. Successful applicants will demonstrate individual creativity in addressing challenges and opportunities while working within a supportive team to develop industry-leading solutions for the medium- and heavy-duty truck industry.


Position Summary

PACCAR’s Embedded Engineering department, which serves both Kenworth and Peterbilt, has an opening for a Control System Architect focus on Fuel Cell Integration. The successful candidate will be leading efforts on cutting-edge technologies from the embedded world in view of establishing the impact and integration of functions on the associated electronic hardware, base software, and application software. The ideal candidate will need to be able to create specifications that allow engineers to deliver Electronic and Software component subsystem designs in order to support the control system development and integration into commercial vehicles and continue to enhance PACCAR’s global embedded functionality and system development growth.


Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Introduce design decisions regarding controller states, signals, and boundaries at a control system level that will serve as the interface between electrical harnesses, electronic components, vendor base software, and embedded application software
  • Communicate control system functionality to upstream and downstream stakeholders
  • Follow project management processes to maintain schedule, budget, and functionality
  • Support launch at truck assembly plants as needed and resolve field issues as identified
  • Ensure industry-leading quality and reliability are met, maintained, and exceeded on all components
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with mechanical engineers, manufacturing engineers, and other professionals to ensure quality commercial vehicle electrical designs
  • Investigate and resolve warranty issues
  • Up to 15% travel


Qualifications & Skills

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent degree required
  • Experience in the design & release of automotive or commercial vehicle electrical components, including software, wire harnesses, electronic controls, switches, and/or driver input devices
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, lean, collaborative team environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Good planning/tracking skills
  • Competency with standard business software tools (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)
  • Able to learn and use new processes and techniques and resourcefully solve complex technical issues
  • Commitment to reliability, value, and quality in all aspects of work; the desire to join the World’s Best team
  • Willingness to grow continuously, both personally and professionally, and a strong results orientation


Desired Skills & Attributes

  • Proficiency using Engineering tools Matlab/Simulink, IBM Rational Rhapsody, IBM DOORS Next Generation, and Application & Product Lifecycle Management tools)
  • SAE J1939 CAN and ISO 17987 LIN Protocol
  • Awareness of commercial truck regulations, especially affecting instrumentation, emissions, safety, onboard diagnostics, and other areas impacting electrical/electronic design, architecture, and vehicle functionality
  • Knowledge of Design for Six Sigma tools including QFD, FMEA, DVPR, etc
  • Automotive embedded electronic component R&D
  • Embedded real-time systems design and implementation



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 the  Control Systems Architect position is $80,800-$126,600 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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Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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