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Mechanical Engineer - Sales / Applications Engineering Job

Date: Sep 25, 2021

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 designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines and also provides customized financial services, information technology and 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 is seeking a motivated Sales/Applications Engineer to join our Engineering Operations team. Ideal candidates would be comfortable breaking down complex engineering processes to those that do not have a technical background, and be successful in interacting with various internal and external departments.



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

  • Responsible for being the engineering expert on how a truck will be operated by the end user, how the dealer will order the truck and the best combination of available options for the customer's application.
  • 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 for truck order reviews.
  • Provide technical knowledge and content for dealer training and other Kenworth training courses. 
  • Occasional travel to support marketing events and industry trade shows.



  • 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 computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; programming and/or Pro/E and Creo experience 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?

  • Competitive salary, 401k with a 5% match, AND a company paid Pension Plan after 5 years of service.
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans for you and your family.
  • Comprehensive Paid Time Off – Vacation, Paid Holidays, and Sick Leave.
  • Tuition Reimbursement for continued education – eligible after 1 year of service.
  • 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.


PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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