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Manufacturing Engineer II/III - New Product Development Job

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Date: Feb 16, 2019

Location: Kirkland, WA, US

Company: PACCAR

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:

Do you like working on projects from initial concept all the way through to production launch?  Does the opportunity to develop the next generation assembly processes for electrified vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems and digital cockpits excite you?  If so a position in the Kenworth Advanced Manufacturing group might be the challenge you’re looking for.  The successful candidate will join a team of high performing professionals who pride themselves in developing innovative processes, setting industry standards for quality, and providing cost-effective designs.  This position offers an excellent opportunity for career growth.  Successful team members have advanced to prominent roles in other areas of the organization including Plant Operations, Product Engineering, Procurement, After Sales, and Internal Audit. Come be a part of the Kenworth team, and have the satisfaction of seeing the results of your hard work out on the road every day.



  • Manage the development and implementation of Manufacturing Engineering plans for new product development projects including:
  • Support the design, development, and implementation of new electrical components and software systems. Components include electrical harnesses, advanced driver assistance systems, and electronic control units.
  • Implement manufacturing objectives and strategies to meet business and project objectives. Including Process Impact, Floor Plan, Risk Assessment, PFMEA, and Training Plan.  
  • Develop tooling and equipment budgets including prototype tooling, supplier based components, assembly and inspection tooling, and plant assembly tooling and equipment.
  • Introduce new technologies for manufacturing components/assemblies.
  • Develop in process test plans for programming and verification of installed systems, aligned with overall testing and programming initiatives.
  • Support total life cycle costing for monthly reporting.
  • Perform tasks on a mix of long term and near term projects.
  • Complete Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), Quality, and Six Sigma projects at the manufacturing plants or suppliers.
  • Supervise the acquisition and implementation of project related capital tooling assets.
  • Participate in project related Supplier Readiness Reviews.
  • Facilitate implementation of the manufacturing project plan at PACCAR plants.


Required Qualifications:

  • BS Degree in Engineering or related field
  • Demonstrated ability gained through a minimum of 2 years of progressively complex engineering or plant engineering assignments
  • Excellent organizational, PC, and project management skills 
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and changing priorities
  • Ability to travel within North America for support of product launch, occasionally on short notice


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience with assembly and process validation of products with multiple sensors and electronic control units
  • Familiarity with J1939 CAN Bus architecture
  • Knowledge or interest in truck systems, embedded software, and V-cycle based software development
  • Training in DFSS and Quality Systems
  • Familiarity with various product tooling and manufacturing processes, including programming and process validation testing
  • Familiarity of Lean Manufacturing Tools
  • Proven success working individually and on a team


Salary grade and duties will be determined based on experience level.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

Job Segment: Developer, Manufacturing Engineer, Engineer, Electrical, Lean Six Sigma, Technology, Engineering, Management

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