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Super Truck - Chassis Project Engineer (GR 31) Job

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Date: Jul 7, 2019

Location: Kirkland, WA, US

Company: PACCAR

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 premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates and also provides customized financial services, information technology and truck parts related to its principal business.

Kenworth Truck Company’s mission is to engineer, manufacture, and market “THE WORLD’S BEST” trucks and services.  We will accomplish our mission through commitment to employee development, agile business processes, and unsurpassed customer satisfaction. 

We will accomplish our mission within the framework of the following core values:

  • Our People – Encourage a culture that values and empowers employees through open communication, integrity and teamwork.  Provide a safe environment for employees to work and grow.
  • Our Product – Lead the industry in technologically advanced products and services while maintaining the Kenworth reputation as a custom, high quality, premium value vehicle.
  • Our Business – Operate according to sound business principles, guided by strong ethics to achieve profit and performance goals. Enhance Kenworth’s reputation as a leader within the industry and in our communities.
  • Our Customers  – Enable the success of dealers and customers by understanding their unique requirements and by providing reliable, innovative custom products and services.
  • Our Partners – Create an environment that encourages cooperation between PACCAR divisions to capitalize on individual strengths while maintaining brand identity.  Foster supplier relationships to ensure mutual value and success. 

Job Functions / Responsibilities

The Super Truck team is looking for a collaborative and driven engineer to join our team, focused on research and advanced product development. Our project goal is to improve freight efficiency by more than 120% through weight reduction, fuel consumption reduction and aerodynamic improvements. The program consists of a 5 year, multi-phase approach that includes analysis, simulation, mockups, and testing on demonstration units. As a clean sheet approach to the future of HD line haul and regional haul trucks, the Super Truck II program provides opportunities for creative problem solving and exploration. Final designs will exhibit a path to future production models as engineers provide input to product development roadmaps.


You will have a significant voice in the direction of the program and will provide input back into production channels. You will get the opportunity to explore, innovate, and have freedom to generate ideas. You will follow-through on concepts to produce prototypes, develop test plans and analyze performance results.


In this role, you will need to collaborate with other team members, departments, major divisions of PACCAR, and suppliers to successfully develop and implement new designs.


This posting covers general skills sought for two open positions within the Super Truck team, one for an Electrical Engineer and one for an Interiors Engineer.


Project Engineer – Chassis,  Grade 31/32:

Provide direction and design detail for advanced development project with consideration for future platform introduction. Design, fabricate and assemble prototypes for evaluation, define testing needs, support validation, redesign as needed to achieve program goals. Focus efforts on light weight designs that leverage systems integration, with considerations for content and multiple functions. Provide input to future product roadmaps based on technology and information gathered from Super Truck development efforts.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Required – BS ME/EE and 7+ years of industry-related background in the design and specification of automotive or HD truck components.
  • Required - Be outgoing and challenge the status-quo, willing to share and push for product improvements via innovative and effective solutions that require above and beyond effort to develop. Share ideas at division level to feed future product roadmaps.
  • Required - Willingness to grow personally and professionally, ready to learn and make use of new engineering processes and techniques. Be resourceful in solving complex technical problems.
  • Required - Prior experience in product development and new product implementation.
  • Required - Ability to perform and/or lead development efforts, coach others on design techniques.
  • Required - Advanced proficiency using Pro Engineer or other solids modeling software.
  • Required - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Required - Demonstrated ability to work with a team to achieve timely objectives.
  • Required - Competency in the use of personal computer software and MS Office suite of tools.
  • Required - Willingness to be hands-on, develop prototypes and support on-the-ground testing.
  • Preferred - Experience with Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology.
  • Preferred - Master’s degree and Professional Engineering License.
  • Preferred – Experience with multiple components or whole vehicle architecture.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

Job Segment: Project Engineer, Engineer, Electrical, Product Development, Engineering, Research

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