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Functional Safety Engineer - Autonomous Vehicle Platform Job

Date: Nov 23, 2022

Location: Lewisville, TX, US, 75067 Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

PACCAR Embedded Engineering Organization has an immediate opening for a Functional Safety Engineer to join our team in Kirkland, WA, or Lewisville, TX.



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!



Embedded Engineering Organization

PACCAR EmE 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.



Job Summary

PACCAR’s EmE department, which serves both Kenworth and Peterbilt, has an opening for a Functional Safety Engineer focusing on autonomous vehicle functions. This position requires an experienced professional with a deep understanding of the ISO 26262 and ISO 21434 standards. Our ideal candidate exhibits a can-do attitude and approaches his or her work with vigor and determination. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate excellence in their respective fields, possess the ability to learn quickly and strive for perfection within a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate will be able to deliver critical program goals across multiple projects and continue to enhance PACCAR’s global functional and system development processes.



Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Define item definitions for Autonomous vehicle functions.
  • Perform Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment (HARA).
  • Perform safety analyses: DFMEA, FMEDA, FTA, and DFA per ISO 26262 guidelines.
  • Define the functional safety concept for the relevant systems, hardware, and software according to ISO 26262 standards.
  • Develop functional and technical safety requirements for heavy truck systems.
  • Define security controls for system-level design requirements.
  • Coordinate with distributed teams for managing security scope during software development activities.
  • Assess technology proposals from external suppliers for their potential to meet risk management design objectives.
  • Support internal and external functional safety and security compliance efforts required by ISO26262 and ISO 21434 standards.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in automotive best practices for functional safety, Safety of the Intended Function (SOTIF), and safety in use.
  • Track design concepts and vehicle functionality through design and testing phases and provide support for validation activities.
  • Maintain safety-related artifacts/documents and perform reviews with cross-functional teams.
  • Work with global teams to deliver common, cost-efficient solutions PACCAR-wide.
  • Support functional safety and security-related audits and assessments.
  • Up to 10% travel (domestic and international).




  • B.S. in Engineering or related field required, MS in Engineering or related field preferred.
  • Experience in system engineering for control systems/code/architecture on autonomous trucks or passenger vehicles.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with ISO 26262 and other international standards.
  • Familiarity with a security management framework such as ISO 21434, ISO 27001, NIST CSF, etc.
  • Understanding of designing, developing, and validating automotive technologies.
  • Experience in modeling and simulation of dynamic systems, preferably automotive background.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts or data in a simple-yet-accurate manner.
  • Independent judgment and effective decision-making skills.
  • Experience with automotive or commercial vehicle networks, such as CAN, SAE J1939, and LIN preferred.
  • Experience with Application Lifecycle Management and System Modeling tools such as IBM DNG, IBM Rational Rhapsody, and IBM Rational Team Concert preferred.



Additional Valued Attributes

  • Knowledge of applied cryptography for provisioning secure hardware
  • Knowledge of secure development techniques using static and dynamic analysis
  • Familiarity with AGILE software development processes
  • Awareness of heavy-duty commercial truck regulations, especially affecting instrumentation, emissions, safety, On Board Diagnostics, and other areas that impact electrical and electronic design, architecture, and functionality
  • Experience with structured product development processes



Why work for PACCAR?

  • 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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Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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