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Advanced Controls Engineer - Engine Development Job

Date: Nov 21, 2022

Location: Mount Vernon, WA, US, 98273-9671

Company: PACCAR

Requisition Summary

This position is located within the Advanced Controls organization at PTC and involves developing and evaluating control systems for next-generation commercial vehicle technologies – with focus on PACCAR Global Engines.  Responsibilities include development of powertrain and engine systems for on-road truck applications.  Deliverables include: control strategies, application software, relevant documentation to support the pre-development process, and proof-of-concept demonstrations.  Additional responsibilities include interfacing with divisions (Kenworth, Peterbilt, PTC, PIC, DAF, PACCAR Parts and ITD).  The person will also work with external research and engineering organizations that are partnered with 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 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.
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

The PACCAR Technical Center provides engineering excellence to the truck, engine, and winch divisions of PACCAR, Inc. through innovative product development and testing.  The Technical Center is located in the Skagit Valley about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington. 

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Systems engineering, modeling/simulation, and controls engineering for development of advanced vehicle systems – including: diesel engine and aftertreatment systems, and advanced powertrain operational strategies 
  • Design architectures and control strategies for advanced heavy-duty vehicle integrated powertrain concepts – including: kinetic energy management, electrical energy management, and maximizing energy conservation
  • Design functionally safe architectures compliant with ISO 26262, control strategies, and validation methods for vehicle automation systems – with focus on the actuation layer
  • Develop and maintain plant models from first principles for vehicle powertrain components.  Work with other PACCAR divisions to provide these models within the common PACCAR framework for modeling and simulation – notably creating new – and improving existing – capabilities
  • Concept development and evaluation of advanced vehicle operational strategies
  • Prove and optimize control strategies using modeling, simulation, SIL, HIL, system, and vehicle testing – where systems, subsystems, and components suitably and best allow
  • Work with a highly functional group of experts that can facilitate a wide array of proof-of-concepts using a technology pre-development process to solve technical challenges
  • Adapt job responsibilities within the team to ensure successful completion of projects
  • Plan and manage research, analysis, testing, and documentation according to PACCAR's Technology Readiness Level process
  • Negotiate with management, lab managers, and suppliers for funding, resources, and test components
  • Coordinate activities of technical specialists, support personnel, and suppliers
  • Provide technical support in a range of engineering disciplines to fill in resource gaps and ensure progress
  • Ensure technology transfer to relevant PACCAR divisions and personnel
  • Communicate results and recommendations to team and stakeholders on a regular basis
  • Cooperate with cross-divisional counterparts
  • Keep abreast of current and upcoming regulatory and competitive landscape – including: emerging technologies, tools, and methods
  • Participate in the continuous improvement of PACCAR’s pre-development process and related tools
  • Work to develop professional relationships through collaboration, respect, professionalism, trust, and integrity




  • 5+ years applicable experience in a breadth of disciplines that could include: electrical, mechanical, controls, and/or chemical engineering.  Combinatory experience with the aforementioned disciplines is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated strong technical knowledge, analysis, communication, design, testing, and troubleshooting skills
  • Be a self-starter and have demonstrated high levels of resourcefulness, initiative, and innovation
  • Ability to independently manage time and work effectively with little or no direct supervision
  • Experience managing technical projects of significant strategic importance
  • Experience collaborating in technical teams, including managing execution and fostering a positive working environment



  • Experience in automotive systems engineering focused on a variety of powertrains
  • Knowledge of ISO 26262 and its implementation; practical experience highly desired
  • Experience with automotive system simulation – including multi-parameter optimizations and dynamic programming
  • Experience developing simulation and controls suitable for powertrain deployment
  • Experience optimizing control strategies through design of experiments (DOE)
  • In-depth knowledge of systems engineering
  • In-depth knowledge of rapid control prototyping development tools, hardware, and software
  • Experience and knowledge of the following: dSPACE MicroAutoBox, New Eagle Raptor, Woodward Motohawk, Vector CANalyzer, ATI VISION, CAN, LIN, and J1939 communication protocol
  • Familiarity with the V development model and systems engineering best practices
  • Display effective and professional communication skills (verbal and written) including interpersonal skills
  • Able to work in a team environment where multiple active projects require effective coordination of multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Hands-on experience working in test labs and/or on medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks and using hand-tools / equipment



Bachelor's Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) discipline required.
Advanced Degree (Master’s or Ph. D) or planned path to attainment desired.

Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability.

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