Senior Vehicle Controls Engineer Job

Date: Sep 30, 2023

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

Kenworth Division of PACCAR has an immediate opening for Vehicle Controls Engineer - Battery Electric Vehicle Development to join our Vehicle Integration team in KirklandWA.


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, 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.


Job Summary

Kenworth Division of PACCAR is seeking an energetic, independent Vehicle Controls Engineer with an interest in creating, defining, and verifying electric vehicle controls. The Vehicle Function Definition Team is responsible for managing a comprehensive portfolio of integrated technology and software features within the vehicle. The team provides written and visual communication to the organization describing the intended behavior of the vehicle in order to support software development, vehicle verification, and validation. The ideal candidate has proven control development skills, excellent communication, experience in stakeholder alignment, and a passion for understanding how heavy-duty trucks are used.


Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, and incorporate advanced electric vehicle technologies into PACCAR products.
  • Elicit requirements from customers, sales teams, government regulations, and industry standards to capture customer and business needs.
  • Validate requirements through rapid control prototyping (RCP).
  • Develop functional controls and requirements for vehicle systems and software features including test requirements.
  • Define interactions between vehicle systems.
  • Support software integration through V-Model (SPICE) process for product development.
  • Create work plans for upcoming programs by establishing scope, identifying deliverables, and estimating resources.
  • Work with global teams to deliver common, cost-efficient solutions PACCAR-wide (Up to 10% travel may be required).


Required Qualifications & Skills

  • B.S. in Engineering, Computer Science, or related field required.
  • 3+ years of applicable experience.
  • Proficient in desktop and/or on-target rapid control prototyping (RCP). (Matlab, dSPACE, HIL/SIL)
  • Proficient in technical writing and reviewing engineering specifications.
  • Understands the design, development, and validation of automotive technologies.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts or data in a simple-yet-accurate manner.


Preferred Qualifications & Skills

  • B.S. and/or M.S. in Engineering or related field.
  • Heavy/medium duty truck or passenger car experience is highly desired.
  • Experience with automotive or commercial vehicle networks, such as CAN, SAE J1939, and LIN.
  • Knowledge of ISO26262 and ASPICE.
  • Experience with IBM DNG, IBM Rational Rhapsody, and IBM Rational Team Concert.
  • Experience with agile software development.


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 Senior Vehicle Controls Engineer 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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