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Mechanical Design Engineer - Outerbody Job

Date: Dec 4, 2022

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 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 and compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks. Kenworth is the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products.


Job Summary

The Mechanical Design Engineer role will primarily focus on the development and production of the SuperTruck II advanced efficiency program demonstrator vehicle. Provide direction for vehicle cab, sleeper, and outerbody with consideration for future user needs and industry-related trends, with input from product planning, styling, and senior management.


This role will also require participation in the hands-on assembly and validation of the demonstrator vehicle. Focus efforts on lightweight designs that leverage systems integration, with considerations for content and multiple functions (noise, thermal). Provide input to future product roadmaps based on technology and information gathered from Super Truck development efforts. Other work could include developing aerodynamic product enhancements, new truck outerbody designs, and warranty or cost reduction projects that add to the overall profitability of the organizations.  Kenworth design engineers focus on product development from conceptualization to implementation on the production floor. See your designs making a difference on the open highway!


The ideal candidate should have a willingness to grow personally and professionally, has strong collaborative design skills, and can maintain a strong drive for results while seeking to be resourceful in solving complex technical problems.


Job Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

  • Design, fabrication, and validation of the SuperTruck II demonstrator vehicle
  • Aerodynamic product enhancements, warranty, and cost reduction projects that add to the overall profitability of the organization
  • Participate in and/or lead the design and development of structures-based projects in the Outerbody team
  • Utilize Creo Parametric to create optimized part and assembly models of moderate to complex designs requiring independent judgment
  • Work closely with the Industrial Design and Styling groups in the development of new or updated vehicle exteriors
  • Create rapid prototyped parts to quickly validate multiple design concepts
  • Employ Design for Six Sigma and engineering tools to validate designs:  QFD, FMEA, DVP&R, GD&T
  • Work with the PACCAR Technical Center and external organizations to validate the designs through Finite Element Analysis, Computation Fluid Dynamics, and durability tests
  • Manage implementation of product changes by tracking project schedule, budget, and functional requirements throughout the entire life of the project 
  • Work closely with multiple PACCAR divisions
  • Manage multiple priorities and goals simultaneously
  • Travel up to 10%


Qualifications & Skills

  • BSME or equivalent engineering degree required; EIT certification is a plus
  • Industry-related background in the design and specification of heavy-duty trucks is a plus
  • 3D modeling software experience required (Creo Parametric specific knowledge is a plus), with surfacing skills highly valued
  • Experience in product development and new product implementation desired
  • Working knowledge of sheet metal, composite panels, and polymers/elastomers and their manufacturing processes a plus
  • Competency in the use of personal computer software
  • Understanding the use of Design for Six Sigma and Six Sigma techniques
  • Ability to perform in a lean, fast-paced, results-oriented environment, while managing multiple priorities is a must
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present status updates in front of engineering management teams
  • Willingness to learn and make use of new engineering processes and techniques and be resourceful in solving complex technical problems
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Candidates should have a willingness to grow personally and professionally and be results-oriented
  • Manufacturing plant experience is desirable


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
  • Paid short-and long-term disability program
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plan options for you and your family
  • Flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts
  • A fully funded company-paid pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement
  • Paid Time Off – vacation, 12 paid holidays, and sick leave
  • 401(k) with 100% company match up to 5% and stock options
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance 
  • EAP services include wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling, and more
  • 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 another legally protected status. This applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, termination, rates of pay, and other conditions of employment.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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