Lead Electrical Engineer - Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Job

Date: May 19, 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.


Due to an internal promotion, we require a Lead Electrical Engineer to join our high-performing Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV Engineering team. They will require experience, understanding, and intuition for the physics of electrified powertrains. This person will take forward the integration of a Fuel Cell EV powertrain, coordination of Design Engineering resources, apply DFSS processes, support DVP&R and prototype build – ultimately launching the truck to market. You will act as an ambassador for the Zero Emissions team and maybe called upon to support presentations of the truck at customer, dealer and exhibition events.



Job Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Design electrical wiring, grounding, and power distribution systems for zero emission products. 

  • Provide technical leadership on the design and development of zero emissions technologies, including coaching and mentoring, review, and approval for technical documentation

  • Manage project deliverables through all stages of development (Definition, Concept, Engineering, and Verification/Validation), and adapt job responsibilities within the team to ensure successful completion.

  • Support assembly, troubleshooting, and validation of pre-production vehicles during assembly plant vehicle launch. Resolve field issues as identified.

  • Employ Design for Six Sigma and engineering tools to develop and validate designs

  • Complete engineering change notice documentation to manage old and new parts and use proprietary software to issue part bid requests.

  • Manage implementation of product changes by tracking project schedule, budget, and functional requirements throughout the entire life of the project

  • Proactively forecast and take steps to mitigate risks

  • Manage supplier activities related to design and manufacture of components

  • 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:

  • BSEE or equivalent engineering degree required; Masters and PE license is preferred.

  • 4+ years industry-related background in the design and specification of heavy-duty trucks.

  • Experience in the design & release of automotive or commercial vehicle electrical components, including software, harnesses, electronic controls, switches, driver input devices, HMI etc.

  • Proficiency using Engineering tools (Siemens Capital, Creo, Windchill).

  • Awareness of industry standards and regulations (SAE, ISO, FMVSS, etc.) essential.

  • A working knowledge of zero emissions technologies a plus.

  • Competency in the use of personal computer software including project management tools.

  • Demonstrate a proficient ability to apply Design for Six Sigma and Six Sigma techniques. Be a resource for fellow team members.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to clearly present status updates

  • Exposure to Manufacturing plant environments desirable

  • 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.



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 Lead Electrical Engineer- Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle is $93,000 - $145,500 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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