Lead Structural CAE Engineer Job

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Date: Dec 6, 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!


Division Information

Kenworth Truck Company, founded in 1923, is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. With an excellent heritage of quality, innovation, and technology, Kenworth has played an essential role in the development of trucks that are more fuel efficient, productive, and economical to operate. Today, Kenworth is leading transportation innovation with the introduction of battery-electric vehicles, exploration of fuel cell electric powertrains, and autonomous driving systems. Kenworth is committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equality, and inclusivity in the workplace.


Requisition Summary:

Kenworth Truck Company is seeking a Lead CAE Durability Engineer to support Product Development and Validation by using CAE to analyze new designs and provide design recommendations to meet functional/performance requirements. This role offers professional development and access to global opportunities in a challenging, high-performance environment with the opportunity to grow your expertise and be recognized among your peers.


Job Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Analyze components, sub-assemblies, assemblies, and full vehicle using FEA tools (such as ABAQUS, LS-DYNA, Altair products), Fatigue life calculation tools (such as nCode, Fe-safe)
  • Develop DFMEA driven upfront CAE scope, performance requirement targets, and plan for Design Development and Validation for Durability, Stiffness, NVH and Strength
  • Guide Engineering Design in the development, tuning and optimization to create durable components and assemblies
  • Lead component, sub-systems, and vehicle testing to correlate CAE models
  • Collaborate with suppliers/vendors to improve the material database and accuracy of CAE models
  • Develop and refine CAE analysis procedures and process through method development and capability enhancements
  • Collaborate with Property Owner for Durability/NVH for new vehicles
  • Conduct or coordinate work with internal & external CAE and test resources including other PACCAR divisions
  • Collaborate with Property Owner to conduct or coordinate benchmark tests of PACCAR and competitive vehicles
  • Deliver CAE reports stating clear recommendations and proposals for improvements to Engineering teams
  • Manage delivery of outsourced CAE activities
  • Develop technology roadmaps for Kenworth simulation and analysis toolset
  • Mentor vehicle engineers in the principles of design for Structural Durability, Fatigue, and NVH



Technical Skills (required):

  • 7+ years of experience with Implicit (static and dynamic structural analysis) and explicit analysis
  • Expert in linear & non-linear FEA software: Optistruct, Nastran, ABAQUS, and LS-DYNA
  • Working experience of fatigue life calculators (nCode, Fe-safe)
  • Knowledge and previous working experience with structural analysis
  • Knowledge of Fatigue theory
  • Experience with CAD software such as Creo Parametric
  • Demonstrate the ability and desire to learn new tools and stay updated with the latest technological advancements in the industry
  • Work independently while building cooperation among individuals and departments, sharing information and resources, and working to achieve goals and outcomes meeting expectations of internal and external customers
  • Effective analysis and project management skills and excellent engineering judgment
  • Effective communication, administration, and presentation skills
  • Self-driven with concentration on ownership, execution and accountability
  • Ability to manage personal workload, demonstrate flexibility, initiative, and the

willingness to respond to shifting timelines and project demands

Technical Skills (preferred):

  • Interest or experience with multi-body dynamics and vehicle dynamics
  • Interest or experience with explicit analysis such as crash or drop
  • Scripting experience – Python and MatLab preferred
  • Background in the automotive or heavy truck industry



Bachelor’s degree in Structural/Mechanical Engineering or equivalent required; Master’s degree in Structural/Mechanical Engineering or equivalent preferred

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 Structural CAE Engineer 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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