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Engine Test Technician Job

Date: Jan 7, 2023

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

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 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.  

Requisition Summary

The Engine Test Technician will work at PACCAR’s Engine Test Laboratory (ETL) in Mount Vernon, Washington. Key responsibilities in the ETL include preparing engines for testing, configuring test cell and measurement equipment, performing engine tests, and summarizing results. The Engine Test Technician will work 1st shift. 

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Conduct tests on heavy duty diesel engines using a dynamometer cell and test automation software
  • Follow technical instructions and work closely with engineering staff to assure engines are performing as requested during testing
  • Prepare engines for dynamometer cell testing, including replacing components and installing measurement instrumentation
  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair test engines
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair engine test cell equipment
  • Support maximum test cell utilization and downtime reduction
  • Maintain detailed electronic records and project documentation
  • Maintain the highest level of work area safety, cleanliness and organization
  • Keep abreast of new engine and testing technologies, recommend continuous improvements
  • Perform duties safely and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Flexibility, initiative and the willingness to respond to shifting time and project demands


  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in diesel, heavy duty truck, or automotive industry
  • Proficient in troubleshooting complex mechanical and electronic engine systems
  • Must demonstrate independent creativity based on technical theory to solve challenges for which routine solutions are not available
  • High attention to detail, organization and thoroughness
  • Excellent mechanical aptitude
  • Strong computer skills – Microsoft Office and Data Acquisition software proficiency desired
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment to achieve common goals


  • Two-year degree in diesel/automotive technology or equivalent degree

Additional Job Board Information

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 including wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more

Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability and E-Verify Employer. 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 Engine Test Technician is $60,900 - $91,300 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.

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