Control Systems Engineer - Autonomous Vehicle Platform

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Date: Jul 18, 2024

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

PACCAR Embedded Engineering organization has an immediate opening for a Control Systems Engineer to join our Autonomous Vehicle Platform 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! 


PACCAR Embedded Engineering 

PACCAR Embedded Engineering is a rapidly expanding organization that is transforming the way control systems and software are developed for commercial vehicle applications. This includes developing the latest vehicle controls, display technology, and autonomous truck solutions that exceed customer expectations. You will collaborate with an international, cross-functional team focused on driving superior technical solutions that maximize customer uptime and operating efficiency. Successful applicants will demonstrate individual creativity in addressing challenges and opportunities while working within a supportive team to develop industry-leading solutions for the medium- and heavy-duty truck industry. 


Position Summary 

PACCAR’s Embedded Engineering department, which serves Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF, has an opening for a Control Systems Engineer. Our ideal candidate exhibits a can-do attitude and approaches his or her work with vigor and determination and will be responsible for the electrical and electronic component and subsystem design, and electrical integration into heavy-duty vehicles. 


Job Functions / Responsibilities 

  • Manage electrical and electronic components or systems through all stages of product development, including initial prototype development through to the start of production and beyond, for autonomous commercial trucks. 
  • Work as part of a cross-functional team with mechanical engineers, software engineers, and other professionals to ensure quality electrical designs. 
  • Solve problems across technical domains and across the product development lifecycle, from early-stage research to field failures and warranty investigations of products in mass production. 
  • Support validation activities across supplier and internal teams to ensure industry-leading quality and reliability are met/maintained/exceeded on all components and systems. 
  • Support new product launches at truck assembly plants as needed and resolve field issues as identified. 
  • Up to 15% travel. 


Required Qualifications & Skills

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or relevant degree required. 
  • M.S. in an appropriate technical field (CS/EE preferred) and/or PE license preferred. 
  • 3+ years of experience in the design & release of automotive or commercial vehicle electrical components, including software, wire harnesses, electronic controls, switches, driver input devices, and/or HMI
  • Proficiency in using Engineering tools (Pro-Engineer, Mentor Graphics, Matlab/Simulink, Rhapsody)
  • Knowledge of SAE J1939, ISO 26262, and ISO 17987 LIN Protocol standards and compliance practices
  • Awareness of heavy-duty commercial truck regulations, especially affecting instrumentation, emissions, safety, On Board Diagnostics, and other areas impacting electrical/electronic design, architecture, and functionality
  • Experience with supplier management through AlAG processes
  • Knowledge of DFSS tools including FMEA, QFD, etc.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, lean, collaborative team environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Good planning/tracking skills
  • Competency with standard business software tools (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)
  • Able to learn and use new processes, techniques, and software to resourcefully solve complex technical issues
  • Commitment to reliability, value, and quality in all aspects of work; desire to join the World’s Best team
  • A willingness to grow continuously, both personally and professionally, and a strong drive for results


Why work for PACCAR?

  • 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 Control Systems Engineer position is $84,000 - $131,700 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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