Structural Dynamics & NVH CAE Engineer Job

Date: Sep 30, 2023

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.

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, 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.


Position Summary

Kenworth Truck Company is seeking a Structural Dynamics and Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) CAE Engineer to support Product Development by using simulation to analyze new designs and provide recommendations. This role offers professional development and access to global opportunities in a challenging, high-performance environment with the opportunity to grow your expertise and be recognized among your peers.


Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Perform full-vehicle and subsystem simulation of heavy and medium-duty vehicles to assess ride comfort, structure-borne noise, and dynamic behavior that could impact durability
  • Guide Engineering Design in the development, tuning, and optimization of dynamic system performance
  • Collaborate with Property Owner for Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) and Ride Comfort to set Sound Pressure Level and sound quality performance targets for new vehicles
  • Conduct or coordinate work with internal and external simulation and test resources including other PACCAR divisions
  • Collaborate with Property Owner to conduct or coordinate benchmark tests of PACCAR and competitive vehicles
  • Perform correlation studies between test data and CAE data to improve modeling and analysis techniques
  • Deliver simulation Engineering reports stating clear recommendations and proposals for improvements to Engineering teams
  • Provide technical leadership in the creation of a roadmap for vehicle NVH performance, simulation, and test capabilities to support new product development
  • Mentor vehicle engineers in the principles of design for NVH 


Skills & Qualifications

  • Requires a solid understanding of structural dynamics, NVH in motor vehicles, Acoustics, Sound Quality Metrics, Modal Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, and Linear Vibrations
  • Demonstrate the ability and desire to learn new tools and stay updated with the latest technological advancements in the industry
  • Work independently while building cooperation among individuals and departments, sharing information and resources, and working to achieve goals and outcomes meeting expectations of internal and external customers
  • Effective analysis and project management skills and excellent engineering judgment
  • Effective communication, administration, and presentation skills
  • Ability to manage personal workload, demonstrate flexibility, initiative, and the willingness to respond to shifting timelines and project demands
  • Prior structural dynamics and NVH simulation, testing, or modal analysis experience is preferred



  • Bachelor’s degree in Structural/Mechanical Engineering or equivalent required; Master’s degree in Structural/Mechanical Engineering or equivalent preferred


Experience Requirements

  • 5-7 years of experience in NVH or structural dynamics simulation for candidates with a Bachelor’s degree or 3-5 years of experience for candidates with a Master’s degree
  • Experience in the use of concept mock-ups /parameterization in CAE, targeted towards NVH performance
  • Knowledge of vehicle structures and NVH sub-system analysis for Body/Chassis/Powertrain
  • Knowledge of Automotive structural solutions for NVH design requirements
  • Experience with test sensors, and data acquisition equipment, including Accelerometers, linear transducers, microphones, NI LabView, LMS Test.Lab/Virtual.Lab, Artemis, HEAD Acoustics, etc. preferred
  • Experience with simulation software such as HyperWorks, Abaqus, NASTRAN, ACTRAN, ANSYS, MSC ADAMS, MATLAB, etc. preferred
  • Experience with CAD software: Creo Parametric, SolidWorks, Catia, etc. preferred)
  • Background in the automotive or heavy truck industry preferred


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 Structural Dynamics & NVH CAE Engineer is $93,000-$145,500 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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Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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