Uptime Engineering Product Engineer

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Date: May 21, 2024

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

Kenworth Truck Company has an immediate opening for an Uptime Engineering Product Engineer to join our 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.


Kenworth Truck Company

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.


Job Description

Kenworth Truck Company and PACCAR are seeking a technical leader to join our uptime engineering team. This individual will lead a team analyzing dash lamp data across 10,000+ Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks to determine and drive corrective action resolution with the goal of decreasing vehicle downtime. This leadership position is an excellent opportunity to create and grow yourself and a team with direct reports focused on maximizing uptime through dash lamp analytics.


Position Summary

The Uptime Engineering Product Engineer works with Kenworth, Peterbilt, PACCAR Global Engine, and PACCAR Embedded teams to lead dash lamp and uptime improvement activities. This role provides direct oversight of the day-to-day operations of the team while coordinating with groups across multiple PACCAR locations. The team’s primary goal is to reduce the number of issues that lead to downtime. Activities involve defining issues, applying known solutions to top customers, organizing campaigns, and driving solution execution. This position collaborates with an international, cross-functional team from manufacturing, service, product development, information technology, suppliers, and product validation.


Job Functions & Responsibilities

  • All aspects of dash lamp reduction and vehicle uptime improvements will be managed by bringing solutions to our customers. Activities include supervising, personnel development, team building, proportioning workload, and tracking progress.
  • This position will analyze large datasets from our vehicles to understand emerging issues and develop plans to reduce dash time. This position will also work closely with the Kenworth and Peterbilt warranty and field services teams to gather input and lead containment (such as field campaigns) and permanent corrective efforts to minimize unscheduled downtime.
  • This position is responsible for tracking all aspects of active projects, prioritizing projects based on customer impact, providing periodic status updates to management, managing projects through tollgates, and ensuring use of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) tools. The team is expected to release some design changes under guidance from responsible running business and development groups.
  • This position will work closely with development engineering groups as an advisor to prevent repeat issues.
  • Up to 15% travel (domestic & international).


Qualification & Skills

  • B.S. in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronics engineering, chemical engineering, or computer science required; Master’s degree and/or P.E. license preferred.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to perform in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment, manage multiple simultaneous projects, and respond dynamically to shifting priorities.
  • Overall product knowledge is required, along with the ability to provide group leadership and management of the team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commercial vehicle background including J1939, service, and vehicle controls preferred.
  • 3-5 years of automotive electrical, electronic, and software design experience required, preferably within PACCAR.
  • PACCAR plant and service experience are desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with software design and release, multiplexed communications, diagnostics, powertrain, and/or other embedded systems leadership experience.
  • Previous supervisory and/or leadership experience preferred.
  • A keen understanding of manufacturing and dealer service environments.


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 Uptime Engineering Product Engineer is $75,100 - $112,300 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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