Mechanical Engineer - Sales/Applications Job

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Date: Feb 7, 2024

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.


Kenworth Truck Company

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.


Job Functions / Responsibilities

The Sales/Applications Engineer's core responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for being the primary engineering resource for the dealers' questions regarding truck applications and unique configurations. Identify and deliver buildable solutions, help drive new option content through the organization when needed and assist with custom solutions to meet challenging customer expectations.
  • Respond to dealer inquiries regarding truck specifications and performance.
  • Support design and manufacturing engineering on specific project designs, providing the voice of the customer and dealer.
  • Answer dealers' telephone inquiries, email, job requests, and option approval requests (OARs).
  • Review and coordinate the development of custom design requests.
  • Provide engineering support of PremierSpec, Databook, and application programs.
  • Travel to customer and dealer locations to provide sales support, truck order reviews or training.  Travel requirement is typically 5-10% per year.
  • Provide technical knowledge and content for dealer training and other Kenworth training courses.
  • Occasional travel to support marketing events and industry trade shows.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) degree required; BSME or BSEE preferred.
  • Fundamentals of engineering (FE) or professional engineer (PE) license desired.
  • Heavy truck industry experience or related field knowledge required.
  • Six Sigma experience desired (i.e. DFSS, Green Belt, Black Belt).
  • Field service experience desired.
  • Knowledge of Lean fundamentals and continuous improvement techniques a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must; customer service oriented.
  • Competency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with Creo or other CAD platforms is desired.
  • Working knowledge with Salesforce CRM, Tableau, SQL databases and cloud computing a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-task environment.
  • General knowledge of truck or automotive systems/components and how they function/interact.
  • Mechanical and/or electrical experience and aptitude.
  • Project support and leadership for small to moderate size projects, including customer requests, process improvements, and product development support.
  • Understanding the basic principles of computer/application program operation and willingness to support maintenance of existing applications and development of new processes and applications. Will also occasionally work with factory and IT groups.


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 the Mechanical Engineer - Sales/Applications is $72,200 - $108,000 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.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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