Mechanical Design Engineer - Hood Design Job

Date: Sep 4, 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.

Requisition Summary

This position in the Hoods group will work in a team-based environment focused on the development of designs within the hood and outerbody systems.  Design work will be focused on developing mechanical systems in support of new product development projects. In the position, the employee will have the opportunity to work with the product from the design and validation phases through production. The employee will work closely with other disciplines across the company to deliver a World Class product.

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Participate in the design, development, and implementation of mechanical systems within the hood and outerbody in the New Product Hood Design group

  • Utilize Creo Parametric to create optimized part and assembly models of moderate to complex designs that meet both structural and aesthetic goals requiring independent judgment

  • Work with internal and external organizations to validate the designs

  • Create rapid prototyped parts to quickly validate multiple design concepts utilizing Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, durability, and highly accelerated life tests

  • Utilize PACCAR and industry systems to manage the product implementation process, track costs, schedules, functional requirements, and support new product introductions

  • Work closely with multiple PACCAR divisions.

  • Manage multiple priorities and goals simultaneously.

  • Develop and maintain a clear understanding of plant and supplier processes in hood and outerbody modules.

  • Apply creativity to design tasks and propose innovative approaches to standard work.

Qualifications & Skills

  • BSME required; Master’s degree and PE/EIT certification desirable

  • 3-5 years industry-related background in the design and specification of automotive or outer body systems  

  • Proficiency in Creo or other solid modeling software required.  Experience with surface design and/or Finite Element Analysis desired

  • Working knowledge of sheet metal, composite panels, and polymers/elastomers and their manufacturing processes a plus

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Solid understanding in use of Design for Six Sigma and Six Sigma techniques

  • Working knowledge of GD&T principles

  • Competency in the use of personal computer software including project management tools, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases

  • Willingness to learn and make use of new engineering processes and techniques and be resourceful in solving complex technical problems

  • Past experience in product development and new product implementation

  • Ability to perform in a lean, fast-paced, results-oriented environment, while managing multiple priorities is a must

  • Demonstrated team player

  • Candidates should have a willingness to grow personally and professionally and be results oriented



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 Mechanical Design Engineer-Hood Design 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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