Sr Electrical Design Engineer- Zero Emissions Job

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Date: Feb 12, 2024

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

Kenworth Division of PACCAR has an immediate opening for an Electrical Design Engineer to join our HD/MD BEV team 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!


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.


Requisition Summary

Kenworth’s Zero Emissions department is seeking an experienced Electrical Engineer to join our team developing the next generation of zero emissions trucks. This individual will develop electrical and electronic solutions for zero emissions vehicles. Duties involve interfacing with Product Planning, Marketing & Sales, and Management to evaluate customer requirements and define vehicle system concepts. Scope of work includes researching proposals for potential new product designs, employing innovation skills to mature ideas for concept development, and complete the design of specific parts and systems in assigned phases of projects while applying standard engineering techniques. The successful candidate must initiate and coordinate design activities to align with goals across multiple PACCAR Divisions. The ideal candidate will deliver validated designs that continue to enhance PACCAR’s reputation as an industry leader in the development of efficient and green solutions.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage project deliverables through all stages of development (Definition, Concept, Engineering, and Verification/Validation), and adapt job responsibilities within the team to ensure successful completion.
  • Coordinate with Product Planning, Manufacturing & PACCAR Parts to align major program book of wishes and identify all customer requirements which cascade into design requirements.
  • Provide timely definition of design requirements by completing major program Product Description Books (PDB), establishing project scope, vehicle requirements and performance targets.
  • Design electrical wiring, grounding, components, and power distribution systems for zero emission products.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure designs that maintain industry-leading quality and reliability.
  • Proactively forecast and take steps to mitigate risks. Prepare work estimates for time, resources & budget.
  • Apply electrical engineering knowledge to design and implement commercial truck electrical systems and components.
  • Support assembly, troubleshooting, and validation of pre-production vehicles.
  • Up to 15% travel (domestic and international)


Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or equivalent degree required.
  • 3-5 years of industry-related background in the design and specification of automotive or heavy-duty truck components.
  • Willingness to grow personally and professionally, ready to learn and make use of new engineering processes, techniques, and tools.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, take initiative, act as a team player, and a problem solver.
  • Excellent professional interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) are required.
  • High level of initiative and demonstrated problem solving experience.
  • Proficiency in standard business software tools (Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Awareness of industry standards and regulations (SAE, ISO, FMVSS, etc.).
  • Experience with Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) disciplines and tools preferred.
  • Experience using Pro-E and/or Mentor Graphics/Siemens Capital systems will be given preference.


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 Electrical Design Engineer – HD/MD BEV 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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