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Release Engineer - Embedded Software 1 Job

Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

PACCAR Embedded Engineering Organization is looking for a strong Software Release Engineer who has an interest in working on next-generation industry-leading trucks to join our company in Kirkland, WA.



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!



Embedded Engineering Organization

PACCAR EmE is a rapidly expanding organization that is transforming the way control systems and software are developed for commercial vehicle applications. This includes developing the latest vehicle controls, display technology, and autonomous truck solutions that exceed customer expectations. You will collaborate with an international, cross-functional team focused on driving superior technical solutions that maximize customer uptime and operating efficiency. Successful applicants will demonstrate individual creativity in addressing challenges and opportunities while working within a supportive team to develop industry-leading solutions for the medium- and heavy-duty truck industry.



Job Summary

PACCAR’s Embedded Engineering department, which serves both Kenworth and Peterbilt, has an opening for a Software Release Engineer. Primary responsibilities are managing embedded software deliverables and coordinating with stakeholders to ensure successful vehicle software launches in PACCAR manufacturing plants and fields. Our ideal candidate exhibits a can-do attitude and approaches his or her work with vigor and determination. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate excellence in their respective fields, possess the ability to learn quickly and strive for perfection within a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate will be able to deliver critical program goals across multiple projects and continue to enhance PACCAR’s global functional and system development processes. Software Release Engineer will be responsible for packaging and releasing embedded software to support PACCAR systems.



Job Responsibilities 

  • Release control of software components and parameters for commercial vehicles
  • Release drawings to document software and calibration part number definition and parameter characteristics
  • Complete engineering change notice documentation to manage software & calibration parts and parameter definitions
  • Define calibration and software component structure to support vehicle option configuration goals
  • Evaluate and improve processes for selecting, configuring, composing, and delivering embedded software
  • Translate requirements into parameter calibrations for proprietary rules engine consumption
  • Track and report progress of support activities (sales tool updates, selection logic changes, programming tool releases, software tests, and any required regulatory submissions) leading to launch readiness and overall release schedule
  • Support launch at truck assembly plants as needed, and resolve field issues as identified
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with electrical, mechanical, and manufacturing engineers as well as other professionals to ensure the industry-leading quality of the content delivery is met/maintained/exceeded on all releases
  • Coordinate with suppliers as needed to ensure purchased software is delivered on time and correctly structured for PACCAR use
  • Up to 10% travel



Qualifications & Skills

  • Required
    • B.S. in Engineering (Electrical, Software, or Mechanical), Computer Science, or equivalent
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, lean, collaborative team environment
    • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and planning/tracking skills
    • Competency with standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)
    • Able to learn and use new processes and techniques and resourcefully solve complex technical issues
    • Ability to translate between customer-driven sales requirements and engineering-driven technical solutions
    • Commitment to reliability, value, and quality in all aspects of work
    • Willingness to grow continuously, both personally and professionally with a strong result and goal-driven orientation
  • Preferred
    • 3+ years of design & release of automotive or commercial vehicle systems, including software, electronic controls, switches, driver input devices, and/or HMI desire
    • Proficiency in one or more modern programming languages (MATLAB, C++, C#, etc.)
    • Awareness of heavy-duty commercial truck regulations, especially affecting instrumentation, emissions, safety, and On Board Diagnostics
    • Understanding of truck design and application as it impacts electrical/electronic systems, architecture, and software-driven functionality
    • Basic understanding of J1939 Communication Protocol, UDS, and Automotive Ethernet, as it pertains to programming and diagnostics
    • Specific experience or expertise in one or more of:
      • Automotive HMI/ Instrumentation/Driver Controls
      • Diesel Powertrain Control Systems
      • Vehicle Controls
      • HV Battery Electric/Electrification Control Systems
      • Autonomous Control Systems
      • Automotive Ethernet



Why Work for PACCAR?

  • 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
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance plans for you and your family.
  • Paid Time Off – vacation, paid holidays and sick leave.
  • 401k with 100% company match, AND a company paid pension plan after 5 years.
  • 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 other legally protected status. This applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, termination, rates of pay, and other conditions of employment. PACCAR promotes Diversity and Inclusion through mentorship, events, and affinity support groups – The Diversity Council, PACCAR Women’s Association (PWA), Veterans Group, and ADVOCATE (An LGBTQ support group).​​​​​​​

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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